Traveling to a place where you don’t speak the language can be an exciting, confusing, and delightfully terrifying experience. But right now, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are not traveling anywhere.

At this point in time, we have no idea when we will be able to travel abroad again. But we don’t need to be idle. But we can keep our travel muscles limber while learning a new language. Then, once we can roam the globe again, we can gleefully jump right into conversations with locals.

Teacher-directed learning

The easiest way to learn a foreign language while being self-quarantined is to have an online teacher or tutor. Participating in a class is a very effective way of learning and it is much more fun than studying alone. And although ideally, the best way to learn a new language is to converse directly with the instructor or native speaker in the same physical space, with schools and foreign language centres closed, we have to take our lessons indoors, online, and in isolation.

But not necessarily you would have to: think about the program and overall organisation, spend time while trying to find out what your level is, search for suitable material for a certain level, etc. As an online tutor would already have an established program prepared for you to follow, you wouldn’t have to look for a different means of including the practice of all four basic language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) into your foreign-language learning routine.

Self-directed learning

If you do not have any help from a professional, make your own strategy which would lead to successful self-learning studying. Therefore, incorporate e-books and apps into your self-quarantined learning routine!

Firstly, check your level online by taking a language level test. In the second place, after having the test done, search for a textbook that matches your level. The process of finding the right textbooks online might be difficult, so I suggest consulting someone more experienced before you begin using them.

In terms of apps, they are interesting and can be easily approached, which is an important feature when it comes to a self-quarantined learning routine. Before downloading a random app, you should first make sure the one you found would best meet your needs. Mobile apps usually include a test where you can check your level, so you don’t have to do it separately. They will definitely make you learn a foreign language in the most amusing way possible!

Use Media Entertainment!

Watching TV, listening to the radio, and being active on social media is one the best practices to learn a foreign language because you listen to and interact with native speakers. Listening to native speakers is the most effective way to get immersed in the language that you are trying to learn.

However, if it is too difficult for you to follow the speech you hear on the TV or radio, you can listen to podcasts with simplified speech and transcripts.


All in all, you can combine all of the above-mentioned ways of learning a language together. First, you can have Skype classes; then, read e-books and use apps; and finally, you can practice by watching TV or listening to the radio.

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