Why should you learn a language online during coronavirus?

Why should you learn a language online during coronavirus?

by Adriana Stein

Updated November 10, 2022

The coronavirus pandemic has unfortunately left many of us stuck at home and searching for creative ways to fill our time. If you’re looking for an option that keeps you productive, is super fun, and levels up your skills for your future career or studies, one of the best things you can do is to learn a new language. When you learn with Lingoda, you can take classes 100% online, whenever you need and as often as you like.

7 reasons to learn a language online during coronavirus

1. It focuses your attention on something productive

While scrolling through social media undoubtedly uses up plenty of time on a daily basis, it has been associated with negative psychological effects. Though it is important to stay informed, constantly doing so is a good way to bring yourself down and make feelings of panic much stronger. Why not focus on something much more productive and positive instead? Learning a new language takes our complete concentration, so it’s the perfect way to distract yourself and you feel like you’ve accomplished something during that time. Even if it’s for one 60 minute lesson, you can set aside any worries about family, work, financials, and health for that time and focus on boosting your language skills instead.

2. You can do it from home

Lingoda classes are fully online, which means there are no barriers to learning from home. All you need to participate in classes is your computer and a headset – all while completely following social distancing rules during the coronavirus. The way things work is that the teacher begins the lesson via video, and all the materials are viewable there. You follow the lesson with the teacher according to these materials. You don’t need to download them in advance or do any homework before the lessons. If you’d like to study afterwards, however, the materials and the chat from the lesson are available later on for review. So, all you need to decide if you’d rather learn a language from your balcony, couch, or desk.

3. You level up your language skills for later on

Advancing your language skills is never a bad idea. Language skills can be used in a wide variety of ways for career advancement, including boosting your CV, access to better positions at international companies, more job choices, and better communication skills in multicultural settings. As a student at Lingoda, you can choose class topics that are relevant for you. So if you’d like to learn business English, for example, you can choose business-related topics to ensure that you’re learning the exact vocabulary you need to advance your career – a benefit that also extends far beyond the coronavirus!  

4. You can schedule lessons at times that work for you

Due to the fact that Lingoda uses a complete online learning platform, there are classes happening 24/7. So regardless of your time zone or language you’d like to learn, you’ll be able to schedule lessons that work for you – no matter whether early morning, at lunchtime, or in the evening. What’s more, Lingoda lessons are 60 minutes long, but you can schedule multiple in a row if you’d like to learn more at a time. In fact, the frequency of lessons is also completely in your hands. You can take classes once a week or even multiple times per day. It’s completely up to you.

5. You can combine lessons with watching Netflix

Few of us can deny the relaxation that comes from a proper Netflix binge. But did you know you can combine language learning with Netflix? Watching movies and TV are actually one of the best ways to learn a new language, especially if you can manage it without subtitles. If no subtitles is too difficult, then try it with subtitles in the language that you’re learning and watch a story that you’re familiar with. When you combine language learning and Netflix, it sounds much less tedious than studying, so you’ll be much more likely to do it.

6. It breaks up your daily routine with something fun

Having the same work routine day after day can become boring quite quickly. As a Lingoda German language learner myself, I can definitely say that Lingoda classes are one of the funnest parts of my day and I always look forward to the break from work. During such dark times like the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to find things that make us smile and laugh, because psychological health is just as important as physical. What’s more, learning a language can also boost your confidence and brain power,and even delay dementia!

7. It’s way better than an app

If you’re considering how you can learn a language remotely, you might be comparing apps and online platforms. While apps are surely convenient, they in no way provide a comprehensive language learning experience in the manner of an online learning environment. With apps, you’re often limited to only a few dictionary or translation features, have no communication with a teacher or other students, and end up memorizing strange phrases with no grammar explanation. Lingoda classes cover all the important aspects of language learning, including writing, reading, speaking, listening, grammar, and pronunciation. So after the coronavirus is over, you’ll be that much closer to native speaker fluency in a short period of time!

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