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7 Creative Ways to Learn a New Language

7 Creative Ways to Learn a New Language

Just like getting into shape requires creative methods including eating healthy practices, using fitness apps, or getting a trainer, we can take advantage of many creative methods to learn a new language.

Today, we’re going to share with you, the top 7 creative ways to learn a language, the pros and cons included.

1. Conversation Exchange

Pros: Can learn with anywhere online
Cons: Time consuming to find the right language partners

Conversation exchanges can be great for someone who wants to practice speaking their language. You find someone online around the world who wants to learn a language that you speak, and voila!

For example, if you want to learn spanish and you know how to speak English, you’ll need to find someone who wants to learn English and knows how to speak Spanish. It’s not impossible, but it does take self-discipline, patience, and more importantly, time.

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    2. Immersion Program

    Pros: Forces you to live in a different country and speak the native language at all times
    Cons: Requires a big portion of your time, money, and commitment

    Immersion programs, if you can afford it, can be a great way to learn a language. Depending on the program, you can be set up with a family host that only speaks your target language, undergo classes, and live in the foreign country that speaks your target language.

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      3. Memorize 1,000 Common Words

      Pros: Easy and simple way to get started in learning a language that’s effective
      Cons: Limited to vocabulary, without speaking practice

      Research shows that learning the first 1,000 of the most common words in a language allows you to understand 90% of the oral language.

      This is the ultimate language hack that anyone can start implementing into their studies. Take advantage of free language challenges that will send you 10 of the most common words in your target language, this will take you only 5 minutes a day to learn.

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        4. Language Meetups

        Pros: Great opportunity to meet new friends with something in common
        Cons: Time can be spent speaking English instead of the target language, if not organized well

        If you love meeting people and learning languages, this is an easy sell. Language meetups happen all around the world every week, and you can gather in one room to practice your target language.

        Fair warning: most language meetups are more social than language practicing opportunities. Either way, it’s a great way to spend an evening with like-minded people!

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          5. Online Private Tutoring

          Pros: Learn anywhere in the comforts of your home and save a lot of time
          Cons: Requires an investment

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          If time is of essence for you, private tutoring online can often be the best investment of your money and time. You can gain 1-on-1 access to a professional native speaking teacher. You can learn in the comforts of your home, and you can learn faster with a personalized lesson plan.

          Choosing the right language teacher who matches your personality and interests is a key factor, as the process of learning a language with someone is more relationship-based than anything else.

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            6. Home Immersion

            Pros: Allows you to learn a language without much effort
            Cons: Lacks speaking practice

            There’s a lot of creative ways to set up your own home for language immersion. Keep in mind, this isn’t the most optimal way to learn a language, it should be used as a complementary activity to your other learning efforts.

            One creative way is to label items in your house in your target language. You only need to set this up once, and you can subconsciously retain new vocabulary without much effort as you walk around the house.

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              7. Watch Movies Online

              Pros: Have fun while learning a language
              Cons: Not every movie will have subtitle in your target language

              What’s better than chilling out and watching your favorite movie, while learning a new language?

              This is why watching movies or TV shows online, using your target language as the audio is a great way to learn a language. The tricky part is finding movies that provide audio or subtitles in your desired language.

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                7 Best Project Management Apps to Boost Productivity

                7 Best Project Management Apps to Boost Productivity

                Project management doesn’t need to be a complicated thing, not if you have apps that make things a whole lot simpler. When you have project management apps, you can take care of your team, tasks and deadlines, without even being in the office. You don’t even have to spend a lot of money to get most of the apps you might need.

                Here are the 7 best project management apps to super boost your team’s productivity:

                1. Basecamp

                  It’s probably the most well-known project management app out there. It allows you to organize projects that act as a central location for everything and contains such things as to-do lists, notes, events, files, and much more.

                  It is user-friendly, and has a free 30-day trial period. After that, the plan is $99 per month.

                  Find out more about Basecamp here.

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                  2. Asana

                    If you are looking for something that is not difficult to use, check out Asana. This is a great task management app that can be used for managing projects as well.

                    In a nutshell, Asana helps you create and share task lists with your team. The app is simple but smart enough and has got a lot of integrations. Teams with up to 15 members can use Asana for free. Teams with 15 members and up can choose plans that range from $10.99 per month.

                    Find out more about Asana here.

                    3. Casual

                      This is a unique app that offers a different way of doing things. On Casual, you plan your tasks just by drawing them as a flowchart. The neat thing is that Casual helps you visualize and track dependencies between tasks.

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                      This app is incredibly intuitive and works great for personal projects, as well as for organizing projects for small teams. You can try it for free, and if you don’t like it, there is no obligation to pay for anything.

                      Find out more about Casual here.

                      4. Trello

                        This app is incredibly user-friendly, and is based on Kanban boards. It actually works like a virtual whiteboard with post-it-notes.

                        Trello is great for organizing your to-do lists, ideas, and is very easy to use. You can create several boards to use for various projects, and it’s free of cost. Trello is available to iOS and Android users as well.

                        Find out more about Trello here.

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                        5. OmniPlan

                          This is an awesome app for iPhone and iPad users. If you love Gantt charts, this is definitely an app that you can get a lot out of.

                          You start out by creating a simple project outline. Then you can use the app to help you through every step of the project until its completion.

                          A standard plan for iOS costs just $99.99, and the pro plan is only $199.99.

                          Find out more about OmniPlan here.

                          6. Podio

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                            This is a great app for medium and large-sized teams working on projects. The special point about Podio is that there are additional features such as CRM and social intranet.

                            There are four different packages: Free, which is free for up to five employees and five external users; Basic, which is $9 per month per employee; Plus, which is $14 per month per employee, and Premium, which is $24 per month per employee.

                            Find out more about Podio here.

                            7. Microsoft Project

                              This is one of the most commonly-used project management apps. However, it is also one of the most difficult apps to use. It does have a lot of features that are popular with project managers, which is why we have chosen to include in on this list. You can customize reports, track burn rates, and stay on track until projects are complete.

                              The basic plan starts with $7 per month, which allows you project team members to collaborate in the cloud, via web browser or mobile.

                              Find out more about Microsoft Project here.

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