Learning a language doesn’t have to be a dull and boring chore for anyone – kids or adults. In fact, according to a study carried out by Judy Willis:
“Superior learning takes place when classroom experiences are enjoyable and relevant to students’ lives, interests, and experiences.”
This means that any form of learning by a child or adult, whether in a classroom or outside one, will produce better results when it is made interesting and fun.
Here are some fun activities you can use to make the language learning process less dull.
1. Cooking New Recipes
Watch cooking shows or programs in the language you’re trying to learn. Get on Google and search for recipes in the target language. Try to see if you can correctly read and interpret the instructions.
Taboo is a great game to play when you’re trying to expand your regular vocabulary. The same applies when learning a language as well. The game can be played in the language being learnt and the words and sentences said and heard will be harder to forget because you’re having fun and won’t even realise how much you’re improving or that you’re learning at all.
3. Taking Quizzes
This may not seem like a fun activity, but it can be if you want it to be. Taking grammar and vocabulary quizzes will help you see where you need to make improvements and where you’re excelling. This way you can prepare better for the next step.
4. Buddying Up
Having a buddy to have conversations with in your target language will help create a more realistic practice scenario. In addition, learning with someone or talking to an experienced speaker will increase your confidence - when you make mistakes and are corrected, it will also help you practice and socialise more.
There are online forums that encourage communities or groups created specifically for language learners.
Duolingo is one of the most widely-used apps for language learning in the world. Some others include Word Lens Translator, FluentU, just to name a few. These apps have different functions and uses, so wouldn’t it be fun to discover and utilise them all?
6. Re-Watching Movies
If you’re learning a language, then one of the best ways of making it fun is by watching your favourite movies in your target language. Of course, you can’t be perfect from the start, so you might want to get a copy that’s subtitled in your first language to make it easier. Add to that the fact that, since you already know the story, it’ll be easier to follow, even in a different language.
You can make a list of movies dubbed in the target language and watch and listen to them closely. With resources like Urban Dictionary, it will be easy to check unfamiliar words and keep learning as you go.
7. Practice Conversations
Holding practice conversations in your target language is a fun activity that can be done to enhance learning. The best thing about it is that you can have conversations by yourself, with yourself. You don’t have to wait until you have someone to speak to.
Talking to yourself can also boost your confidence level as there will be no pressure to get everything right. You can take your time, correct your mistakes, all while encouraging yourself.
8. Reading Books
Read your favourite books in your target language. It’s a fun way of familiarising yourself with words you already know from the original copy and learning new words as well.
9. Starting a Blog
Not just any blog, though. A blog strictly in your target language. Imagine how much fun that would be. Not everyone is a writer, or even likes writing, however, so this will depend on you. So, if you do like writing, then why not give it a try. You don’t have to write 3-page long posts, short stories will suffice.
10. Target Language Dating
Are you single and ready to mingle? If yes, this one’s for you. There are many second language learners looking for someone to spend time with. Find a dating site with the specifics of what you want, and you’re a step closer to a fun language learning experience.
11. Go Karaoke
Everyone loves karaoke, so if you are going to learn how to speak and write in a language, why not also learn how to sing in it? You can sing along with the international singers playing in the background and try to pronounce their words exactly. YouTube has numerous karaoke songs in many languages. Simply search for “karaoke + target language” and let the fun begin.
12. Listening to Music
Everyone listens to music, different genres and in different languages. Have you ever tried listening to a song in your target language? It’s definitely one interesting way of improving your speaking and listening skills.
13. Eating Out
Another interesting way of learning a language is by eating out in restaurants that provide menus in your target language. Be sure to communicate only in the language you’re trying to learn.
14. Playing Trivia Games
Playing trivia games like Charades, for example, in your target language with other learners like you is a fun and interesting way of learning. Questions can be kept simple, to enable beginner players to answer correctly. As time passes, the difficulty can be increased strategically.
With games like this, it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, what does matter is the ability to correctly read, interpret and answer the questions.
15. Changing Your Settings
You can change the language settings on all your devices to the target language. Your phone, television, computer, etc. Whenever you search for something on Google for instance, results will be shown in that language. This way you’re constantly learning and adapting yourself to the new language.
16. Lyrics Training
This is an interesting website that turns using foreign language songs into a fun game.
17. Meet Ups
Arrange to have meet ups with other language speakers. It doesn’t have to be every other day, once or twice a month is enough. Meeting and hanging out with other people like you will encourage you to keep at it and not give up.
Is there a fun activity you like the most? You can do it as often as you want, the important thing is to learn that language and to have fun doing it!