A few days ago I had a notification that “October 29 is Internet Day, a day to celebrate the internet and the impact this technology has on our world today”.
I immediately thought about language learning and was reminded back to when I was a teenager in Germany learning English – in the 1970s, way before the internet ☺
Then, when I knew I would move to England, things weren’t much better. Apart from what my then boyfriend told me, I didn’t know much about the place I was about to move to. I could not research and look for work or find out what I needed to do once in the UK.
I had one bit of useful (useless?) advice which I did follow: I bought a raincoat ☺ (and didn’t use as much as I expected to wear it)
Then, in England, it was difficult to stay in the loop about things in Germany. I either had to buy or subscribe to German newspapers which weren’t exactly cheap or wait until my weekly phone call with my parents to find out what was newsworthy. Or I had to wait for something to happen in Germany that was so horrible, even British newspapers reported about it!
Fast forward to the 21st century! A German learner can do all this online, some of it even with me ☺
Even if you prefer to learn German in a group at your local evening classes you can supplement your learning with so many resources thanks to the internet.
We language learners are so lucky, don’t you agree!
What’s your favourite online language learning tool?
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