Social media and online videos are great tools for practicing and learning new languages

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The main feature of the content found on social networks, especially those aimed at online videos, is variety. In addition to a lot of space for entertainment, platforms like YouTube and Instagram also have channels and profiles totally focused on learning different languages, whether it's our Portuguese or foreign ones. This makes these platforms excellent tools for those who want to practice or have their first contact with some new words.

With a simple search on YouTube, it is possible to find several teachers or even language schools with free classes available on the platform. This content may not replace a formal language course, but it is certainly a way to have a first contact with a language and learn a different word or another. In the case of the Portuguese language, it is also an opportunity to remember some rules and avoid the most common mistakes among Brazilians, like when using the comma at the right time.

A good example is the “Português Para Desesperados” channel, created and updated by teacher Carol Mendonça. Content available on YouTube reach more than 120 thousand subscribers on the platform, where she gives tips on grammar and other topics related to the topic. In addition, on Instagram, the teacher is very successful with short tips and has more than 400 thousand followers. This shows the potential that content has on platforms.

In the case of foreign languages, a very successful channel is “English in Brazil” by teacher Carina Fragozo. With several English tips and many free classes available online, the YouTube channel has 1 million and 500 thousand subscribers and is one of the largest in Brazil. In several reports released recently, like the one in the newspaper The globe, the teacher's channel appears as one of the most suitable for those who want to have a first contact with the English language. 

Redes sociais e vídeos online são excelentes ferramentas para praticar e aprender novas línguas

Becoming a virtual teacher

Another way to practice and learn a new language is by creating content. After all, with the use of tools available online, it is becoming easier and easier to move from the role of consumer to that of creator. There are some online publishers with free versions that give the possibility to make video with photos and music, something essential for those who are thinking of creating content focused on language tips. One of these tools is InVideo, which is completely online and has different features, such as automatic dubbing, a library with millions of images, videos and music, as well as ready-to-use templates for editing. So, even if you don't have any audiovisual experience, you can create videos with photos and set up an interactive class focused on tips in English, Portuguese or any other language.

Although it sounds like a totally clichéd phrase, the best way to learn more about any topic is to teach. YouTube, as well as other social networks, can offer this to the user and it's an excellent tip. According to an article published by the Carlotas website, the renowned American psychiatrist William Glasser stated that 95% of the effectiveness of our learning only appears when we are teaching. In other words, creating a channel or profile on the internet can be an efficient way to practice and learn even more.

Social networks have changed the world, and the content available on the internet is becoming more varied and richer. For those who want to learn a language, whether Portuguese or English, for example, these platforms can be very rich in different ways. Whether you're consuming teachers' videos online, or even turning into one, the internet is an essential tool when we're talking about words and everything that involves languages.