How To Learn Any Language With An App

发布时间: 2016-07-28 16:56   来源: 北外网院
关键词: APP应用 探索开发 广泛学习 北外英语在职研

 我们的生活已经时时刻刻与各种APP密不可分,你是不是也时常徘徊在安装和卸载之间,或者持续在搜索中,但如何能够更好地应用APP是一个难题,如何持续、不间断地学习,如何更加准确地从APP中提取相关内容,是开发者和我们自己都在探寻的方法!

 

Apps are all the rage nowadays, and for good reason. They can help you out in just about every area of your life, whether it's keeping fit, organizing your schedule, communicating with friends, or even learning a language. Just like any tool though, you need to know how to use it properly to really benefit. Here's a user guide for optimal app use, provided courtesy of an app-addicted superuser.

Technology is wonderful. Put it in the hands of someone like Elon Musk and it can send people into space, make a future of clean, renewable energy a reality, or build electric cars. Put in your hands it can help you achieve all sorts of things, from learning to code to learning a language.

Educational apps are becoming increasingly popular as a supplement, and sometimes as an alternative, to traditional education. Why? Well, for starters, it’s supremely convenient to learn on a pocket-sized device that you already carry around with you at all times. The best apps are also highly intuitive, interactive and adaptive, coaxing you in and getting you hooked on learning.

But apps, just like textbooks and language lessons, are a medium through which a language can be studied. The way you use them will affect how successful you are. If you flick nonchalantly through a textbook and don’t dare say a word in your language lessons, you’ll make slow progress. The avid reader who repeats each exercise in the textbook and engages the teacher in conversation will power ahead. So how do you ensure you get the most out of your app, and what should you consider before clicking install?

Before that, a very quick intro: I developed the following five points from my experience as both a language teacher and learner, and from working in startups in the field of language. I spent six years teaching in Germany and Spain as well as developing a video learning startup. I first came to language learning late, however. I started learning Spanish at twenty-two, and had reached working proficiency in Spanish and German by about twenty-eight. I’ve been using apps for the last few years.

So, just before downloading an app, here’s what you should think about:

1. Beware the app which sells itself as the Holy Grail of language learning, the one-stop-shop, the answer to all your troubles. This is the commendable and very genuine aim of the educators and developers behind the best apps, but it’s also out of kilter with those same educators’ ideals. Confused? The people behind the apps are driven to build the best product available, but, and bear with me on this one, they’re also passionate language learners themselves. Any seasoned language learner will tell you that the beauty of striving and reaching proficiency in a language is the world which it opens up to you. This is a world of diverse sources of information, from newspapers and books to TV, radio, music and, yes, even real people. Would you limit yourself to one medium in your native language? Probably not, so why refrain from doing so in your new language? I encourage you to use apps extensively, but not exclusively.

2. Establish your purpose and plan your habits: do you want to be fluent in weeks or are you in it for the brain training? The good apps are structured to help you fit your studies around your timetable. The best apps adapt themselves based upon your behavior. These apps encourage habit building, because the successful formation of a habit ensures your safe and regular return. When would you like to return? Personally, I’m a reformed early-morning-email-checker. Instead of cycling through emails I won’t answer until I’m in the office anyway, I skip nimbly through a course or two and then talk to myself in the shower. Weird, but effective.

3. Remember that an app is a tool — a great tool — but it’s not the greater purpose. A good app will spur you on with implicit or explicit gamification. What does that mean? App developers have taken the elements of game design which make video gaming so addictive and applied them to educational apps. Sneaky? Maybe, but it’s all for a good cause: to keep you learning! Rarely will you have heard someone bent over a textbook remark, "I’m completely addicted to learning Spanish!" Among all the rewards and extrinsic motivation, don’t forget your purpose and own, intrinsic motivation: It wasn’t to complete level five and win some virtual gooseberries of virtue, it was to shoot the breeze with the locals, perched on a bar stall in Spain in front of a caña and an unhealthy portion of pimientos de padron.

4. We love your feedback! This isn’t a hollow call to arms trying to decrease the social distance between faceless developer and learner. Feedback is truly, madly, deeply golden. Why? For two main reasons: Firstly, all that mumbo-jumbo about revolutions and changing the world does rub off a bit. This means there’s a wave of motivation propelling the app towards excellence, and app developers will be receptive to your input. Secondly, everything you touch within the app can be adjusted and improved quickly and to the benefit of everyone. It’s almost Darwinian. If you’re not 100% delighted with everything, there’ll be frowns on those faceless developers’… um, faces. So say what you think, or even better, pop those thoughts in an email. Everything can and will be better.

5. Make it social. No, I don’t mean posting your progress on Facebook. I mean social for real. I attribute the speed of progress I made in Italian to the competition/support engendered by Jim, my partner in studytime. Find a friend to accompany you. Supplement your studies with an evening class. Borrow a book. Buy a book. Book a week away and attend a language school. Just don’t forget your phone!

If I may speak sincerely, the combination of app, language school, Jim, evenings out, and a choice book or two proved extremely potent.

I wrote this article entirely on my clever phone in a trendy orange aircraft in the sky. Technology is wonderful.

应用程序目前十分流行,并有很好的理由。他们可以在你生活的每一个领域,无论是保持健康,组织你的时间表,与朋友沟通,甚至学习一种语言。就像任何工具,然而,你需要知道如何正确地使用它才能得到真正的利益。这是一个最佳的应用程序使用指南,由一个应用程序上瘾的超级用户提供。

技术是美好的。把它放在像Elon Musk这类人手中,它可以把人送上太空,制造未来的清洁、可再生能源,或制造电动汽车。放在你的手上,它可以帮助你实现各种各样的事情,从学习编码到学习一门语言。

教育应用程序作为一种补充正变得越来越流行,有时作为一种对传统教育的替代,为什么?首先,对于初学者,它是一种口袋大小、并且总是能够随身携带的设备。最好的应用程序也非常直观,互动性和适应性很强,帮助你提高,让你沉迷于学习。

但是应用程序,就像教科书和语言课程一样,是一种可以研究语言的媒介。你使用它们的方式会影响你的成功。如果你漠不关心地打开教科书并且在你的语言课上不敢说一句话,你的进步会很缓慢。重复教科书中每一个练习,参与老师对话的热心读者,将会进步飞快。那么,如何确保你发挥出了应用程序的最大功效,在点击安装之前你应该思考些什么?

在这之前,简短地介绍一下:以我作为语言教师和学习者,以及创业公司工作的经验中我提出以下五点。我花了六年时间在德国和西班牙教学,并且创建了一个视频学习的创业公司。然而,我的语言学习开始得很晚,我22岁时开始学习西班牙语,二十八岁左右时已经精通西班牙语和德语。在过去的几年中我一直在使用应用程序。

所以,在下载一个应用程序之前,这些是你应该考虑的:

1.小心应用程序出售自己作为语言学习的圣杯,一站式商店,解决你所有的问题。这是最好的应用程序背后的教育者和开发商值得推荐的和真正的目的,但它也背离了教育者最初的理想。困惑?应用程序背后的人被驱动建立最好的产品,但,容我说一句,他们自己也是充满热情的学习者。任何一位经验丰富的语言学习者都会告诉你,追寻达到语言学习熟练,将会为你展现一个新的世界。这是一个有着不同信息来源的世界,从报纸和书籍到电视、广播、音乐,是的,甚至是真正的人。你会将自己限制在你母语的单一媒介吗?也许不会,那么你可以在新的语言学习中也尝试这种方法。我鼓励你广泛使用应用程序,而不是单一的。

2。建立你的目标,并计划你的习惯:你想在几周内说流利的英语或是使用它进行大脑训练吗?良好的应用程序是结构化的,以帮助你适合你的研究围绕你的时间表。最好的应用程序适应自己根据你的行为。这些应用鼓励习惯的建立,因为成功的习惯信息保证了你安全和定期的回报。你打算什么时候得到回报?就我个人而言,我是一个改革的清晨电子邮件检查者,以避免在电子邮件中循环,直到我在办公室里了我才会回答,总之我会敏捷地挑过一两门课程然后在洗澡时和我自己对话。奇怪,但有效。

3.请记住,一个应用程序是一个工具——一个伟大的工具——但它不是更大的目的。一个好的应用程序将鞭策你与隐式或显式的游戏化。那是什么意思?应用程序开发人员已经采取了游戏设计的元素,做出视频游戏使用户上瘾,并将其应用到教育应用程序中。卑鄙吗?也许,但他们都有一个好的借口:让你学习!很少有人会听到有人俯身在教科书上说:“我完全沉迷于学习西班牙语!”所有奖励和外在动机中,别忘了你的目的和自己的内在动机:这不是完整的五级和获得美德的虚拟醋栗,这是与当地人聊天,坐在一个西班牙酒吧的甜椒和帕德龙不健康的部分前面。

4。我们爱你的反馈!这不是一个空洞的呐喊试图减少匿名开发者和学习者之间的社会距离。反馈是真正的,疯狂的,深深的金色。为什么?主要有两个原因:首先,所有的繁文缛节,关于革命和改变世界擦掉了一点。这意味着有一个积极推动应用程序迈向卓越的浪潮,和应用程序开发人员将接受你的输入。其次,你在应用程序中所接触的一切都可以调整和快速进步保障每个人的利益。这几乎是达尔文。如果你不是100%喜欢一切,会有不喜欢的幕后开发者…嗯,脸。所以说你的想法,甚至更好,在电子邮件中弹出这些想法。一切都可以,并且将会更好。

5。使它社会化。不,这并不意味着在脸谱网上公布你的进展。我的意思是真正的社会。我把我在意大利语方面的进步神速归功于吉姆带来的竞争/支持,我的学习伙伴。找一个朋友陪你。用晚上的课补充你的研究。借一本书。买一本书。一周去一个语言学校。只要别忘了你的电话!

真诚地说,应用程序,语言学校,吉姆,晚课的组合,和书的选择或两个证明是非常有力的。

我在天空飞行的一个时髦的橙色飞机上完全使用我聪明的手机写这篇文章。技术是美好的。

 

 

 

                  

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