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May 22, 2017

Saud asks: "Do you use apps for language learning?"

Episode Summary:

  • Because technology is always being promoted as making our lives more efficient, many people are tempted to look to apps to speed up the language learning process
  • All my opinions about apps are formed in the light of the fact that I remember what language learning was like before the internet
  • Nothing will ever be as effective as you, a good book, a pen and a paper
  • The critical mistakes that apps make is to try to offer a new learning methodology
  • The role of technology in language learning should be to help you consume learning material more efficiently
  • The criteria for judging an app should be: "Does it help me do more efficiently something I was already doing?"
  • Before the internet: Hard to access texts, audio on tapes was inefficient to listen to, everything has to be stored manually on paper, native speakers inaccessible
  • After the internet: Texts are freely available, you can manipulate audio easily, you have data entry on your phone, native speakers readily available
  • There's a big risk you have to mitigate against when you use apps: Attention and focus
  • I use two apps: Flashcards Deluxe and Speater
  • I also use dictionary apps and Skype
  • Part of the reason I haven't used more apps is because I've been learning less common languages. However, if I want to pick up German, for example, I would go straight to a book, not an app

Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:

IWTYAL 051: Can technology help you learn a language? https://youtu.be/rM-N29vnYME

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