The real secret to learning a language online
J Thoendell stashed this in Tech
Is there a better way? Most experts agree that the fastest way to truly learn a language is the same way we learn as children: when we’re surrounded by language, with no choice but to pick it up. Thus far, Web- and mobile-based apps can’t immerse us in a language. But remarkably, there’s a medium that can—and no, it’s not Oculus Rift.
It’s television—or more accurately, online streaming. In countries like Sweden and Norway, American and British television shows and movies are rarely, if ever, dubbed. Instead, they’re presented in English with subtitles. Many of my friends and colleagues from Scandinavia cited this—not school—as the main reason they could speak fluent English.