Supplement Your Language Learning By Using Common Sites In A Foreign Language

Supplement Your Language Learning By Using Common Sites In A Foreign Language

Ask anyone who’s achieved proficiency in a second language and they’ll tell you submersion is key. While most of us can’t pick up and move to another country just for our language-learning benefit, you can submerse yourself on the web easily enough.

Weblog MakeUseOf suggests changing your browsing habits with popular web sites like Amazon, using foreign-language version of these sites to keep your mind on your education during normal browsing.

You see, these large websites generally use simple sentences and popular words. Take eBay; it doesn’t have many long rambling paragraphs, rather just plain words and phrases. All of the different categories will undoubtedly be useful words and what’s more they’re often associated with pictures. You can also get a bargain on expensive products on native language sites where demand is lower.

The idea behind the suggestion is sound even if you don’t actually place an order.

The MakeUseOf post also highlights a couple of other suggestions to motivate you in learning a second language that may be worth a try, like previously mentioned BBC Languages. If you’ve tried something similar to their web site submersion tip—or you’ve got your own tips for what worked for you—let’s hear about it in the comments.

Top 3 Tips To Motivate Yourself While Learning A Second Language [MakeUseOf]


  • Excellent tip. I’ve done this all year with Facebook, Gmail, GCal, my iPod and my phone all operating in French since I returned from holidays in Paris.

    Pay attention when switching in Google Cal since I’ve found some features don’t get rolled out at the same time for the French version, and certainly be really careful if you do it with Google proper since it screws up local search results.

  • I lived in France for a few years and am struggling to keep it going here in Australia. To keep my mind ticking in French I have anything that has a language option – OSX, iPhone, ebook reader, websites, etc all set to French by default. Its suprising how much you remember (and learn by flicking back to English when needed)!

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