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Language Immersion: Getting the Most Out of Mobile Phones for Language Learning

written by: Deidra Alexander • edited by: SForsyth • updated: 8/2/2012

Taking a class to learn a language is not enough to naturally progress the stages of fluency. Language acquisition works best when the learner is immersed in the new language. Use these tips and ways to learn a language faster while getting the most out of mobile phones for language learning.

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    A Plan for Learning Language

    A good language program is grounded in a learning environment were the most pertinent components of language acquisition are at the forefront: literature, conversation, and experience. With these elements in action at the same time you can become fully submerged in the language you are learning. Use these ideas to supplement classes that you are taking or as a standalone, self-pace program, and be on your way to acquiring a new language with these quick and easy steps on your Smartphone.

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    Literature: Change Display Language to the Language Being Learned

    The first thing you can do is address the literature principle by changing the display language on your phone to make sure you are getting the most out of mobile phones for language learning. These instructions explain how to change display language on an iPhone.

    1. Push the home button as a starting place.
    2. Select the settings icon.
    3. Touch general under settings which is identical to the initial settings icon.
    4. Scroll down to select the international icon.
    5. Choose the language group button (there won’t be an icon for this selection) then scroll through and select your new language (English will be checked if this is your first time changing the display language).

    Icons, as they are available, will be your guide for navigating most of the phones features at the ground floor of language acquisition, with your dependency fading as you become more submerged in the new language.

    Read Texts in a New Language

    Once you have changed your display language this is pretty easy, but the literature component of immersion can also be addressed by downloading text directly to your mobile device. Of course, there are tons of free reads available and many at relatively low-cost. Look for topics that intrigue you first as you are more likely to stick with reading them if there is some interest there in the first place.

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    Experience: Play Games in the Language Being Learned

    To further increase the effect of changing the display language on your mobile device, play games in your second language as well. Doing so will play into the experience aspect of language acquisition. You will have to think sharply and step further into the language more naturally and in more relaxed circumstances. Stay on the lookout for games from other countries or that have already been developed in your second language.

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    Conversation: Listen to Podcasts in Language Being Learned

    Experience and conversation go hand-in-hand, so while you are playing games in your free time in a new language, you will also be communicating through receptive language when you listen to music, dialogue, or stream language instruction for a diverse set of speakers. Radio, talk shows, and language classes can be browsed and subscribed to by podcast to deal with the conversation element in language acquisition. Listening to spoken language outside of a classroom setting or in a more relaxed learning environment is a great alternative to traditional avenues to fluency. Opportunities to practice dialect can also be found in podcasts which may be difficult to practice or naturally develop when learning traditionally. The same can be said for picking up slang, which many times you can only acquire through conversation brought on by experiences.

    Following these suggestions will help you naturally and quickly progress to fluency, which is the ultimate goal when you are adopting a new language. The need for traditional methods can be curtailed or intensified with these easy tips for immersion into a second language.

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    More Apps for Education

    The following articles will provide insight into an array of mobile technology solutions for education:

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