Look, you don't need me to elucidate all the insane things you can do online. Practically everything is in the palm of your hands. Primarily though, the internet can also be used as a force for good — your own good. And what better way to benefit you and your search for work than to learn languages online?
There are many ways to get you on your journey to multilingualism. Here are a few to get you started!
Who am I kidding? You don't need me to tell you that! Let me rephrase that...
We both know that it's already a permanent fixture in your day-to-day life. Now, how about we weaponize this impulse for streaming ungodly amounts of content for good, YOUR GOOD.
So, instead of Top Boy, try to put on a show in the language you're interested in learning. And then watch Top Boy after, obviously.
This won't have you writing novellas in a new language anytime soon, but it'll get you well on your way to learning some of the basics.
Pay Up, Cheapskate!
Look, I know money is hard to come by these days. And the sad reality of it is, if you really want to do something worthwhile (and do it right), you'll need to pony up some of that sweet, sweet cash.
But look at it this way, the money you're putting towards this endeavour is an investment into your future. This isn't just some goofy thing you pick up, like playing the ukulele (no offence ukulele players, but c'mon!), this has the potential to further your career and open up a whole new world of possibilities.
It's also worth noting that, as a fluent English speaker, you can never go wrong with trying to brush up on your skills and further learn English online. Depending on your career path of choice, it might be worth looking into familiarizing yourself with business or legal English — all of which can easily be done if you decide to learn with a certified English teacher.
There's an App for That
In case you weren't already aware, there's an app for literally anything you want!
Looking to order some lunch? There's an app for that.
Want to do a deep analysis of your sleep quality? There's an app for that.
Trying to learn a new language? Sorry, you're out of luck...
Just playing — there's definitely an app for that!
To be honest, there are too many apps for that. So many to choose from, it's hard to decide which one to latch on to. But if you want my expertise, and my guess is you do since you're still reading this, you ought to go with the mack daddy of them all: Duolingo.
Duolingo is easily the most recognizable and heavily-used language learning app out there. It's a fun and intuitive way to start picking up a brand new language from scratch. To be fair, it's not the be-all and end-all to learn languages online, but it'll have you saying words and phrases in no time at all.
So, hopefully, I've given you a reason to consider learning languages online at some point — even if it's just improving the languages you already know. As a student or recent graduate, it's important to start thinking of new and interesting ways to start padding that CV of yours. No one's saying it'll be a walk in the park, but it's WAY easier than it once was, and that's all thanks to the glory of the internet.
Susan Craig is a personal trainee in management, HR manager, freelance writer and active guest contributor.
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