The new technologies, day by day, in ourselves
Today we are in a moment in which the new technologies are practically indispensable in our daily life. The smartphone has become an extension of our hand and a tool which without it, it’s very difficult to communicate. We use computers and the Internet for most of the services we provide in companies; We communicate and maintain social relations through these same means; Access to news and current information anywhere in the world where we are … and so a long etc. And of course they have become a good way of learning both, general and in the world of languages in particular.
Young children already have visual and cognitive stimulation powered by new technologies that promote greater brain activity and greater independence. Of course and as always, this benefits them when it is offered to them, in just measure. Excessive dependence on these technologies can isolate a child, over-stimulate them so that they are in a constant state of nervousness or even create anxiety.
But let’s not forget, that if we make good use of these media at an early age, it can be a powerful learning weapon that encourages learning other languages.
Learn languages by means of new technologies
We all know that the best way of learning a language is to move to the country where one speaks the language that we want to learn and to put it into practice. But not always we have practically this possibility. Caused by a lack of time or of economic resources. It is necessary to bear in mind that this implies a considerable time, normally a minimum from 6 until 12 months, to obtain a fluid level. And this, having already a good base in origin. In this time we need an accommodation, feeding, center of formation or work, to create social relations, to travel and to know the country and its customs.
The new technologies make possible to accelerate on the one hand this process if we decide to pass. And on the other hand, if we cannot move, it makes learning over a distance possible for us. It is an more effective, rapid and cheap way of getting to learn a language then to pass and to travel. That also will do that this takes less time.
Means to learn languages with the new technologies
There exists multitude of means and resources that facilitate learning of other languages and that are within reach of all. Normally it is enough to have a device with Internet connection.
It exists big fan of mobile applications that give us the possibility of learning and of practising a language independently of the place where we are. This is its big advantage. With the rhythm of life that we have at present and the more and more complicated schedules of work it becomes complicated to adapt itself to a fixed schedule in a center. The mobile applications offer us this flexibility. Also many exist like for example Duolingo, Babbel or Busuu, which in addition to learning lesson to lesson, does that you amuse yourself playing in a very visual way. Also these applications are usually free, although they also count the majority with an premium option.
Normally the mentioned applications have its corresponding web platform. This one is usually more finished and with material descargable. What does an even better tool to learn a language. Also they usually include a support paragraph in line or even a chat pot if you have doubts. Someone like OpenCulture, Memrise or Lingualia are quite finished.
A step further are those that in addition to the resources offer on-line tutorships with native teachers. It is the case of Italki or Preply. This is an interesting option, since a bonus is the power to speak, to listen and to comment on your doubts with a person than in addition to speaking the language that you want to learn, it can solve your doubts and questions.
In our case, OnSpain offers the possibility of having on-line classes. Also we always offer a very clear and accessible information to our visitors and pupils so that, when they go so far as to Spain to realize its Spanish course, they are sure of everything and their is stay as easy as possible.
Advantages and disadvantages of using the new technologies to learn languages
At the time of using these platforms or any new technology we can always find some advantages, but also true inconvenient. Next some of them are mentioned:
– Major schedules flexibility
– More entertaining or entertaining than a traditional class
– You can do your lesson from any place
– The majority they are free or quite cheap
– They usually have multimedia content
– They are usually automated and there is few personalización
– The content of the lessons is not usually very wide
– They do not encourage the social relations
– You do not have the possibility of knowing the culture that you are studying
– It is more difficult to practise conversations
Therefore at the time of beginning to learn a language or if you want to improve, debits to value if it is better for you to begin with new technologies or if you are going to continue the traditional method. In OnSpain, as accredited center become famous for Spanish, that we are, we think that two methods are compatible. Namely you can teach and be completing contents and keep on practising with an application or an on-line platform. You will see that your level is improving in a more rapid way. And finally if you want that your language level goes so far as to be fluid and to go so far as to dominate completely, what we recommend to you is that you realize a course and stay in the country where you want to learn the language. We offer intensive courses in Spain with accomodation. This way you have only to worry about learning Spanish.