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7 Insanely Fun Ways to Learn a Language When You’re Too Busy

7 Insanely Fun Ways to Learn a Language When You’re Too Busy

Who says you can’t have fun while learning a language?

With the advent of technology, communication tools, and access to information, there’s no reason why anyone should be confined to the traditional ways of learning, like a classroom.

Not only are there more effective solutions out there, but there are creative ways that will spur excitement into your learning process, which will inevitably help you learn faster through engagement.

We’ve hand-curated 7 for you to explore. We highly encourage that you try at least one of these today!

1. Learn 10 New Words Every Morning

We get it. You’re busy, and live life on-the-go. But anyone can learn 10 new words every day, whether it’s on your commute to work or during your lunch breaks.

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Research shows that when you learn 1,000 of the most common words in any language, you’re able to familiarize yourself with over 85% of the oral language! That means that by learning 10 new words a day, you can reach 85% fluency in a language in just 100 days.

Sure, you’ll still need to practice and master how to speak the language properly, but you’ll be well ahead of the pack.

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    2. Attend a Language Exchange

    Love meeting new people? Why not attend a language exchange meetup in your local city?

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      You’ll have the opportunity to meet like-minded people that share your passion for travel, culture, and languages, and be able to practice your speaking skills as well!

      Use websites like Eventbrite, Meetup, or Couchsurfing to find local language meetups in your city.

      3. Play Games Online

      That’s right. You can play games online and learn a language.

      The trick as you may have guessed is to seek out communities that speak your target language, whether it’s Spanish, French, Mandarin, etc.

      The second option is to use the Language Option on whichever game you’re playing, and switch it to the target language you’re trying to learn.

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        4. Date Someone That Speaks Your Target Language

        Spice up your dating life by seeking out someone that speaks your target language. With the rise of online dating, there are more ways than ever to filter through people from different cultures, and find the one you’re looking for.

        The good news is, you’ll immediately have something in common with when you meet them! Good luck :)

        5. Find a Private Teacher to Learn Wherever You Are

        Too busy to learn a language and just want to work with the best teachers to accelerate your language skills? The best way to learn a language for you then is to find a private teacher online. It will allow you to learn wherever you live in the world, nearly any time of the day, and any day of the week. This ultimate flexibility and on-demand scheduling is what will motivate you to continue learning in the long-run versus a fixed location and time schedule that’s required at a language class. Besides, who has the time to drive back and forth to a class every day!

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        6. Netflix and “Chill”

        Love to Netflix and ‘Chill’? Why not Netflix, ‘Chill’, and learn a language?

        Whether you’re on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, or any other streaming platform, you have the option to listen to your favorite movies and TV shows in a different language. If the audio version in your target language is not available, then experiment with subtitles first. Not sure what movie to watch? Check out this complete list of movies to watch on Netflix.

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          7. Switch your Social Media Into Your Target Language

          Another creative & fun way to learn a language is to start sharing your social media updates in your target language. It’s not too much additional effort since you’re already sharing on social media anyways, so why not develop your foreign language writing skills along the way? Take an example from Brazilian supermodel Gisele herself.

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            Last Updated on May 14, 2019

            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

            Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

            1. Zoho Notebook
              If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
            2. Evernote
              The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
            3. Net Notes
              If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
            4. i-Lighter
              You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
            5. Clipmarks
              For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
            6. UberNote
              If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
            7. iLeonardo
              iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
            8. Zotero
              Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

            I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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            In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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