I’ve recently bought a Kindle 8th generation e-book reader from Amazon. I like e-books, and having a relatively affordable device to store them.
To me, one of the coolest parts of Amazon Kindle e-books is that you can find them in many different languages.
I thought that I would write a post with my thoughts about using e-books for foreign language learning.
I think that reading is one of the most important parts of language in general. I don’t know how we would all function in today’s world without reading. Especially in the “Developed World”, we take literacy for granted. Reading and writing are two of the most common and important ways of interacting with information.
I think that reading can be great for learning a new language. The thing that I like about e-books is that they are a relatively cheap way to interact with the language that you are trying to learn with the added bonus of interesting content.
Read a Little each Day
This is a good tip for reading or doing anything else academic. It will make your progress in the language quicker if you interact a bit with it every single day.
Try to read the e-book at least once a day if you can.
Pick a Book that You Might be Able to Understand
This goes for all language learning content, but especially long form things like books. Pick something that you will have some hope of understanding. For example, you won’t be able to read a microbiology textbook after one week of studying a new language. The reason why this matters is motivation. Having content that is so far advanced for your language level can destroy motivation to persevere with language study.
Find Interesting Books
This is again applicable to all language learning content. Find something to read that you care about or like. This will help you to be motivated to keep reading.
Challenging Content is a Good Thing
While I think that it is important to know the right content for your abilities, finding challenging content can be good. Something being too easy can also be bad for motivation in language learning.
Dictionaries are Your Friend (especially the digital ones)
A lot of language students get scared by dictionaries. If you use them in the correct way (which will be discussed in future posts), they can be one of the best tools for learning a new language. One of the coolest things about some e-book readers (like the Kindle) is that foreign language dictionaries are included. So you can look up words within the text.
I generally like e-books for learning languages, as long as it’s done right.
What do you think about e-books?
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