Online language learning has an enormous amount of advantages that learning on your own with books or in a traditional classroom simply do not. In my experience the best way to develop skills and confidence in a new language is starting out online then taking that knowledge and confidence into a “real world” setting thereafter.
One method I currently use I like to call “web browser fluency training”. This method has a few simple guidelines that allow you to set up an optimal virtual language learning environment for either free or at a very low cost. It’s a very simple, but powerful online organziational methodology that I use to structure my online learning.
In a nutshell, all you’re doing is opening a browser (Chrome of Firefox) with several different tabs that contain multiple websites / online tools that you will use in a chronological order each time you sit down to learn your language (preferably every day).
As I said, in your browser you will have multiple tabs open. From left to right, you will need to make sure you have a tab containing each of the following:
Check out this video that shows you the online organizational method I use for my online Spanish, French, and Portuguese fluency training.
There you go. If you simply follow the guidelines and organization here then you will have a nice virtual environment for foreign study on your personal computer. I am currently brainstorming and eventually publishing a Part II of this post in the future with more details and recommendations.
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