Using Skype To Learn English or A Foreign Language
These days, if you want to learn a foreign language, you don't need to go any further than your computer. You can take an online class, play around with translation software and practice your skills by reading the websites of other languages. But if you want a more focused approach to learning a foreign language via your computer connection, then you might want to think about using Skype. With Skype, you can connect with people who know how to properly speak the language, so you can learn the right pronunciations and get the inside scoop on local slang. If you get lucky, you might even be able to Skype your way into a real foreign exchange program instead of just a virtual one.
What is Skype?
If you don't know what I'm talking about, it's probably because you aren't familiar with Skype. But at this point, you should be. Skype is no longer a new computer technology but rather something that a large percentage of people are using. It's as common to be asked your Skype as it is to be asked your AIM. But if you really don't know, it's basically a method of making phone calls through your computer using a peer-to-peer system that connects you with other Skype users. For additional details, check out the Skype website and Skype Wikipedia explanations listed in the links following this article.
How do you learn a foreign language on Skype?
Skype allows you to connect with other Skype users all around the world. And you don't have to pay international call fees. So by connecting with other Skype users in the forums on the site, you can find someone who speaks the language that you wish to learn. For example, let's say that you want to learn Spanish. You would go into Skype and search the forums for someone who is a native (or at least fluent) Spanish speaker. Ideally, they'll want to learn English and you can work back and forth to help each other use foreign languages.
How do you use Skype on other programs for learning foreign languages?
There are virtual foreign exchange programs which are specifically designed to help people learn other languages and discover things about other cultures. Because Skype is increasingly popular, it is now commonly used on these sites. As long as you have Skype (which you can download easily from the Skype website), you can follow the Skype communication instructions on these sites to enhance your foreign language learning experience.
Why is Skype a good way to learn a foreign language?
Skype offers the major benefit of allowing you to communicate with someone who is a native speaker of the language that you wish to learn which is the best way to learn any foreign language. After all, books and online reading materials are great but they can't teach you the right pronunciation and particular cadence of a particular language. And even the sites that let you hear a foreign language through your computer speakers often sound unnatural. By finding a real live person through a Skype forum or through a virtual foreign exchange program which uses Skype, you can learn the nuances of the foreign language that will make you sound like you really know how to speak it.
- Skype website
- Skype on Wikipedia
Wikipedia article describing Skype
- Language Exchange Online
An example of a virtual foreign exchange language program which uses Skype.