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Learn A New Language Faster With Pop Culture

Many of us have “learning a foreign language” on our bucket lists. The more we immerse ourselves in a new language, the better we get at it. One easy and fun way to do that is to tap into the pop culture of native speakers: music, TV shows and common phrases.

Photo by Nick Wiesner

Technology entrepreneur Kumar Thangudu has a list of 10 language learning hacks. He mentions quirky ethnic television shows, such as the foreign version of American Idol (where you might see renditions of songs you know done in the other language), foreign music (Lyrics Training on YouTube could be helpful) and watching TV (or movies with the subtitles on). Learning foreign memes, with their associated images, are also a fun way to remember words.

One new trick I learned from the list was the use of pangrams, which are sentences that use every letter of the alphabet at least once. For example, the foreign language equivalent of “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs.” This could be helpful with improving your pronunciation.

Hit up Kumar’s blog post for more ideas on learning a new language.

Foreign Language Learning Hacks [H. Kumar Thangudu]