Friday, January 30, 2009

Twitter as a language learning tool

Really? Yes, I think so. For the last month or so I have started following more native Spanish speakers on Twitter and they have started following me. From meteorology to finances, I’m learning many new words and phrases while at the same time enjoying meeting people from Spain, Argentina, Mexico and other countries.twitter Also, the majority of them have blogs or web sites which you can read and learn even more Spanish. In general, the sites are listed in their profile.

If you want to give this a try, sign up with Twitter, follow me and then check out my followers and who I’m following. Another way is to visit TweetGrid and put in “learn Spanish” or other similar search terms to find people to follow.

Also, keep in mind that you will not always see “perfect” Spanish which is understandable because you’re only given 140 characters to express yourself per tweet. That’s quite challenging at times. You will sometimes see q, k, ke for que, dropped accents and punctuation marks and so on, so this wouldn’t be a good learning tool for beginners. On the flipside, you only have to worry about writing in Spanish in 140 or less characters. Not as much pressure, right?

Hope to see you soon on Twitter! 
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7 comments:

Maestra Jen said...

great idea Karen! This is a great way for realistic, relevant learning. :)

Keen said...

Hmmm...I've been resisting Twitter, but I'd never considered this use for it! Maybe I'll have to reconsider. Oh, and Spanish "texting" shorthand definitely takes some getting used to!

Karen said...

@Jen - Yes, it is very relevant. For instance today some people are talking about the Super Bowl, snow, etc. Learning constantly...

@Keen - The shorthand isn't too bad though. I think it depends on age as well. ;)

nicole viola said...

great idea!

Tom said...

What I really like about twitter is that you can find some very rare languages to communicate in. Hve to search a bit, but definitely worth it.

Catherine Wright said...

Just had a great experience with my Spanish class following #bicentenario and now looking for a list of interesting/famous Spanish speakers to have my kids follow. Does such a list exist somewhere?

Nate said...

This post is a little older now, but I was wondering if you had any newer info on using Twitter for learning foreign languages?

For example, do you know of ways language learners on Twitter 'meet up'?

Thanks!