The pros of using social networks in language learning

Many people claim that social networks are just a waste of time. However, social networks can bring many benefits if we use them for appropriate purposes, for example, learning a new language.

Communicate with more people

Social networks have created an unlimited access to connect with people around the world. Thus, we have more opportunities to apply the language we learned in conversations with native speakers or other learners. That helps us form a quick reflex to the language and communicate more effectively. Besides, isn’t it great to have more friends who come from different cultures? 

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Learn the real-life language

Through status updates or comments, or even messages on social networks, we can learn how one language is used in real life conversations. There are a lot of expressions, slangs or acronyms that we can never learn from our textbooks. Consequently, we can use the language more naturally and efficiently.

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More share of material

People on social networks love to share. We can easily find a bunch of useful learning materials after a few hours looking around on some social networks for language learners. Along with the learning materials, we can also get the others’ reviews on their pros and cons as well as how to make the best out of them. Moreover, if we need any specific textbooks or practice sources, we can post our requests. Social networks users are always willing to help.

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Pleasant practices

Social networks provide us, who have been sick of academic practices from the textbooks, with recreational practices without the pressure of studying. Social networks allow us to approach with native speakers and other language learners worldwide. Therefore, we can practice the language by reading their blogs, watching their Vlog or chatting with them. By this way, we become more motivated and inspired to use the language frequently, and the language can flow more naturally to our mind and stay there for a longer period of time.

The negatives

All pros aside, there are also significant negatives. On social networks, not everyone use the language correctly. If we learn from people who put the language in an incorrect way, it will cause a bad influent on our use of the language. Besides, social networks can be a huge distraction during our studying time.

Despite the cons, social networks are beneficial for our language learning process in many aspects. To make good the shortcomings, whenever we learn something new, it is better for us to double-check it with a dictionary or google it. Also, logging out of our social account when doing our academic practices will enable us to concentrate and be more productive.

So, what do think about the effects of social networks on our language learning process? Send us your opinions. We’d love to hear from you!

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