Top 5 tips for learning a Language online

Languages can be learnt from anywhere in the world today using different online platforms; here are tips that can help learn languages online.

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Want to learn how to speak Japanese? Italian? Chinese? Whichever language you choose, now is the time to start your online lessons, with more options available than ever before. Follow these tips to make the most of your online language lessons.

1. Minimise distractions

The beauty of online language lessons is that you can study from absolutely anywhere, but this can also be an obstacle to effective learning.

To get the most from your online lessons, it's essential that you set up the right environment with minimal distractions. Focus is key, so find a quiet and peaceful area.

You don't need to necessarily hide away from all civilisation but try to avoid bustling and noisy places. Remember that online language lessons require lots of two-way communication, so it's best to find a place where you can speak freely and hear your tutor.

2. Find the right online tutor

One of the first things you might notice is the big difference in cost between tutors. Figure out what your budget is, and you can filter by price.

It depends on what language you want to learn and how many tutors are available. For example, there will be many tutors in English or French, so it can be a little overwhelming trying to choose the right one for you. But it's worth the effort to find the right tutor, and it will make all the difference to your learning experience.

You can also filter by rate, so look for tutors with a 4-star rating or higher. Find out how many students they currently have and how many lessons they have conducted, giving you a great idea of how experienced they are.

You may need to try a few tutors before you find the right fit for you, someone you get along with and can communicate effectively.

It is advised that you take notes when learning languages online.

3. Get set up

The beauty of online language lessons is that you need your phone or another mobile device, and you're off. But, to get the most from your lessons, consider taking advantage of whatever technology you can afford and get a pair of good noise-cancelling headphones with a good microphone.

Splash out on a nice notepad and pen. It might sound very old-fashioned, but do not underestimate the power of writing something down by hand. Research has shown that students who take physical notes remember information better and help maintain focus. 

4. Stick to a schedule

We have all done it, set a new year's resolution to learn something new, play the guitar, dance salsa or speak Spanish, and procrastinate until we give up.

The flexibility of online language learning is excellent, meaning you can fit your lessons in around work and play, but if you want to be successful, you need to set and stick to a schedule.

Have specific goals of what you want to achieve and discuss these with your online tutor at the beginning. Working with your tutor to meet precise goals does not need to be stressful but means you are accountable to someone, and you will be more likely to stick to and meet your targets.

The feeling that you are progressing and achieving what you wanted will feel great.

5. Practice is key

Make the most of your time and money, practice your target language as much as possible, not just during your lessons with your tutor but also during your day.

Listen to music, read, watch TV, immerse yourself in your target language as much as possible. Look for as many opportunities as possible to practice your new skills in everyday situations.