In the world of language learning, you will hear the word “immersion” thrown around all over the place. Many people believe that moving to a country and being completely immersed in the language is the best way to learn. Some people even believe that it’s the only way to learn. But that’s not the case at all! In fact, throwing a complete beginner in a foreign country is like throwing a child in the deep end of the pool, hoping they will learn how to swim. It likely won’t work. You need to be immersed in the language without drowning in it. As a complete beginner, you need the progression. You need to start in the shallow end of the pool.
That’s why as a beginner, it can actually be more effective to create your own immersion from home and choose material that matches your current skill level. You can start with pre-school material and make your way up the chain of difficulty. We have seen countless people succeed by combining home immersion with our language-learning course. In this post, we’ll talk about 5 simple ways you can create an artificial language immersion from home.
Watching television is one of the best ways to immerse yourself at home. But the question is this: how in the world do you find German TV shows if you live in Canada? The easiest way we have found is Netflix. Netflix is a language-learning goldmine; there are hundreds of movies and TV shows in over 20 languages. Plus, the great thing about this streaming service is that many people already have a subscription. Simply go to netflix.com/browse/audio, choose your language in the drop-down menu and get access to all the movies and TV shows available in that language. Sit down, binge watch and learn.
Audiobooks are absolutely amazing to immerse yourself in a new language because they allow you to easily add many hours of listening practice throughout the week. You can listen to them while doing daily activities like walking the dog, driving to work, or cleaning the house. Audible has a virtually endless library of audiobooks in many languages. You can easily find audiobooks that are appropriate for your current level in the language. You can even slow it down to make it easier to understand. You can buy an audiobook for a few dollars and listen to it several times. Immerse yourself anywhere, anytime.
Eventually, you’ll want to start having conversations with other people. This is important to improve your speaking skills. It can easily be done with online language exchange. Websites like italki.com or apps like HiNative are very useful to connect with language learners from all over the world. You can connect with native speakers of your target language for free. You can help them learn your language while they help you learn their language.
If you prefer, you can also pay native speakers an hourly fee to help you learn. This allows you to completely focus on your speaking skills without spending time helping someone else. Both are great options, it really depends on your budget, time and the experience you would like to have.
Although often underestimated, reading is a great way to improve your overall knowledge of a language. Books in foreign languages are quite easy to find. They are all over the internet. Again, just make sure to look for material that matches your current skill level in the language. You can start with children pictured books at first and make your way up. There are many free or cheap classic books available because the copyright laws protecting them have expired. Amazon is probably the best place to find a great variety of books of all kinds.
It is estimated that 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every single minute. You can also navigate YouTube in a total of 76 different languages. There are videos available in your target language on pretty much any topic you can think of. Simply find a topic, translate it in the language you want to learn, and type it into YouTube. You’ll instantly see all the videos available. The beauty of YouTube is that you can watch material on any topic you find interesting.
I know someone who is really into video games. He enjoys watching gaming YouTubers in Spanish. It’s a great way for him to get used to the speed of native speakers. The possibilities are endless. When you find a topic interesting, it’s crazy the amount of progress you can make without realizing it. Personally, I love to watch TED talks or other conferences when learning languages.
There you have it. 5 simple ways to immerse yourself without buying a plane ticket. Learning a language is all about making it part of your life in many ways. If you follow a comprehensive language course like OUINO and immerse yourself in the language using these 5 methods, you will make an incredible amount of progress in no time.
We have combined everything we know from years of language acquisition and research to create an awesome language-learning method. Visit OUINO.com to learn more.
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