As a lifelong lover (read: nerd) of all things language-related, I’m constantly on the lookout for new and innovative ways to learn new foreign languages (Duolingo pretty much rocked my world last year). I’ve come to believe, though, that there are few better social platforms out there than Pinterest when it comes to finding awesome resources for languages. So, read on, fellow linguists! Here are 5 creative ways to use Pinterest when you’re attempting to master a foreign language:
1) Create a board specifically for your language, and fill it with diversified content. One of the many great things about Pinterest is the sheer amount of diverse, cool content available on the site – talk about a virtual treasure trove of language learning resources! Take some time to create a board centered on your target language, and get ready to feel super inspired by all the great, effective content out there for attaining true fluency. Whether it’s a list of the best YouTube channels for learning French that you want, or a fun infographic with common Russian phrases, it’s all one handy-dandy click away.
2) Supplement your language learning tools with fun travel images and quotes. Because it’s so much easier to feel inspired and motivated to learn the difference between ‘ser’ and ‘estar’ when you can simultaneously daydream about someday taking that trip to Argentina you’ve always dreamed about (you know, to be able to actually use those pesky verbs!).
3) Fill your board with easy-to-see images of words and phrases. Rather than including a bunch of images with links to Buzzfeed articles in your board, why not include images of words? That way, every time you open Pinterest, you won’t be able to help being surrounded by your target language!
4) Pin images that help you learn the colloquial ins and outs of the language. A quick search of “French slang words” on Pinterest will bring up enough Pins to make your head spin. Use images like these to become better-acquainted with the meat of your language – i.e., the phrases that people actually speak.
5) Follow fellow language learners for ideas on what to use for your board. There are some seriously *awesome* already-created boards out there that you should totally be following, or at least gleaning ideas from. Here are a few of my personal favorites:
- Brittany Dresser’s Language Learning board
- SPI’s Foreign Language Fun board
- World Language Classroom
- Jess Kay Kay’s Language Learning board
Happy language learning, ya’ll!
About the Author: Justine Harrington is the Admissions Director for SPI Study Abroad. She’s currently on a one-woman crusade to tell everyone who’ll listen about the true transformative powers of bilingualism, intercultural education, and meaningful global travel. Find her on her yoga mat, leafing through her Lonely Planet guide to Iceland, or on Twitter at @Justine_Travels.