Understanding the sounds of letters and words in any given language is vital to imprinting it on your own memory and getting to grips with the pronunciation. Often there are tapes and recordings that can sound overtly formal and strained in regular conversation or lack any sort of entertainment value that would help you remember what was being said.
Podcasts are a fun way of supplementing these tapes as they often offer up more informal conversation in a fun and easy to listen to manner. It is even better if you listen to podcasts specifically aimed at language learners and there are plenty of them out there.
2. Text To Speech Software
Another great tool for helping to be able to nail pronunciation is text to speech software. This allows you to write your own words, phrases, and conversations down and hear them pronounced properly.
There are a few of this software out there so make sure to make an informed decision before purchasing but they can be absolutely vital in learning to write and speak a language.
We all know an irritatingly catchy tune that gets stuck in our head or a classic song that we love and know every word to and this is because the rhythm and beat of the music can hammer home what is being sung. Apply this to learning a language and it can help words and phrases stick in the memory. Find yourself a type of music you enjoy and start listening to artists who record in that language.
You can often find music videos with the lyrics online making reading along whilst you listen a great thing to do as well. You may even discover your new favorite band.
4. Learner Community Websites
Websites that gather people learning the same thing together can be vital because it offers the extra support of knowing you’re not the only person struggling with a certain thing. It also means that you can turn to others to find out their methods and ways of learning.
These sites often have their own tools and resources which you can use to further your knowledge and you can interact with real people through natural conversation.
5. Online Newspapers
The web is a great source for news in any language and almost every paper in the world has its own website or online presence so you shouldn’t have too much trouble trying to find one that’s right for you. By reading the paper and news in any given language you learn what words and phrases are being used at present.
It will improve your reading skills in that language and you can start out with photo captions and ads and then work your way up to short and then longer articles.