4 Awesome Ways to Master Foreign Languages Without Even Leaving the Couch

A home is not only a fortress. It can be everything from a master chef's restaurant and to a Preply study room if one put their mind to it.

Master Foreign Languages on a Favorite Couch in These 4 Awesome Ways:

Education is tough. All those sleepless nights over essays, armadas of useless, outdated books needed to be read from cover to cover for the sake of a decent grade, years of depression in college are burdensome at the very least. If only there was a simple, better way to gain new skills and knowledge…

And the worst part? College does not give fast, easily used, actionable knowledge!  Remember all those tales of freshly graduated friends who were told to forget everything they’ve learned as soon as they stepped over the corner of their internship. That has to hurt, right?

Luckily there are dozens of ways smart people can learn quickly, without even leaving the comfort of their own home, their favorite couch even. Take online classes for instance – anyone can freely practice English via Skype on preply.com. This way anyone will get an effective, skillful workout with an experienced native speaking tutor.

What are the coolest ways of learning foreign languages while at home?

#1 – Skype

As already mentioned above, Skype is a fine mean for educational purposes. Why? Simply because a student will get a chance to communicate with a native speaker in real time. The vocabulary will blossom with phraseology that is actually used and not merely described in a textbook from the beginning of the twentieth century.

That’s not even the best part! What’s really awesome about learning English via Skype is the personalized approach. Student gets a teacher for every session, a teacher who works with them and them alone! Anyone get to ask whatever questions tickle their fancy without any fear of criticism or stage fright. What’s even better is that one will get all the answers!

#2 – Video Courses

This one is rather simple – find a site like Udemy and benefit from whatever kind of knowledge available there at the moment. Some of the best online course sites offer dozens if not hundreds of lections, each equipped with testing sessions and quizzes to ensure you are getting the best results.

On the bright side – student gets limitless access to knowledge whenever and wherever they feel like it. Enroll in a new certification on a Wednesday night or a Sunday morning. Not a living soul will bat an eye.

On the downside – one only have access to a limited array of courses. Not all of them will fit current needs or skill level meaning one will have to be more flexible and picky.

#3 – Watch a movie or two

Netflix is now commonly available all over the world and so is any other popular streaming service. Just sit back and have fun while watching a movie and learn at the same time. Just watch whatever content is preferable in the language that is needed to be learned!

Why? Recent, relevant films rely heavily on pop culture. Not only will anyone be listening to correct words and sentences in an appropriate pronunciation – but will learn about the incorrect ones. Usually, teachers prefer to avoid phrases which are common in films as well as TV shows. A student will get to grasp everything from the “F” word and up to popular idioms like “Sup”, “WTF”, “LOL”, etc. Oh, and learn about using them in the right way, within context – a skill that’s pivotal for adequate social survival skills once in a foreign country.

#4 – Read a book

Books are the best way to enrich a personal vocabulary with new, fancy words. Plus, they are a great talking point to start a conversation with people from a different country one barely know or see for the first time.

Just think about it – “Have you read the Hobbit?”, sounds like a decent question on a party and is destined to find new, like-minded acquaintances unlike the trivial “Hey, how’s the weather today?”


Feel free to rush onward and watch that movie or read that book.  Just remember – this is how one is officially doing the stuff they like on their favorite couch as a part of their studies. How cool is that?

Source: Preply


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