Thursday, 23 July 2020 08:18

Bored from the quarantine? Learn a new language

Written by CDO COVID19 Response Team

The Philippine population has been on quarantine (as determined by the Inter-Agency Task Force) since March 16. In fact, the country has been on quarantine for the longest.

While under quarantine, Filipinos have found a variety of ways to beat boredom. One of such ways is by learning a new language.  

According to Forbes, there has been a surge of interest in language-learning applications during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are some tips and tricks in learning a new language: 

  1. Download language-learning apps.
    One handy way to learn a new language in the modern times is through language-learning applications. Applications such as Duolingo, Babbel, and Memrise are some of the applications available. You may also switch your phone language to “force” you to learn.   
  2. Watch content using the language.
    Get accustomed to the language by watching content from the origin country. Listen to music, watch drama, and read stories to help you speed up fluency. 
  3. Consistency is key. 
    Make sure to dedicate a few hours a day for focused studying. Practicing a few hours a day is better than practicing for an entire day once a week. Stick to your schedule.
  4. Practice makes perfect. 
    Practice the language by speaking. Speak the language even if you might not feel confident about the grammar - you can just refine this later on. Do not try to memorize as many words as you can. Instead, try to learn everyday phrases and build on from that.
  5. Make it fun!
    Find a learning partner so that you can learn together. Language is learned through conversations as well and having a learning partner definitely helps. You may also try downloading language-learning games for children if you are a beginner.

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