The advancement of the online world has made it easier than ever for someone to speak to anyone in the world, or explore the language and cultures of other countries without even leaving the house.
However, just because you can have access to the rest of the world, that doesn’t mean you can communicate with the rest of the world either through the culture or the language. To help you get over this hurdle, let’s take a look at 7 technology trends on how to cross the language barrier and enable you to meet more people than ever.
1. Language Apps
The most obvious choice is to start with learning a new language on an app. Often it is easy to just find people who can speak your language, but you can get so much more out of an experience if you learn and speak in another language. Examples such as Duolingo, Babbel, and TripLingo are all great starting points in your journey, and their library of extra features will help you in no time at all.
2. Offline Translate
Google Translate Offline is the perfect app to use in any situation where you don’t have access to the internet, but need to overcome a language barrier. You just need to add any language to your device, and it will always be able to translate for you. It even has an added feature of translating anything you show via your cameras such as a menu or transport timetable, helping you feel a lot less lost in those difficult moments.
Interpals is like a penpal service online, long gone are the days of sending letters in the mail, now with Interpals, it can all be done virtually. Find new friends in other countries, practice speaking in their language, and learn lots of great new things from them, there’s no limit to how many people you can speak to, and it is a perfect tool for so many users.
Spokeo is a reverse phone lookup tool that gives you information on anyone you search for almost instantly. Use the phone number search or the email search and explore the lives of people you talk with online, for example, those you meet on Interpals and similar apps.
The process is so simple, just one piece of information is all you need to input into the email search or phone number search in order to find out a vast array of data about their lives including other social media profiles, which will help you look further into their lives and get to know them a whole lot better.
5. Video Calls
With so many video call services available, having a conversation is just a button away. Using a service such as Skype can allow you to spend as long as you want a video calling with people all over the world, learning from each other, and practising various languages. You can even arrange group calls and set meetings with people as reminders so you never miss an opportunity.
6. Read Foreign Blogs
Reading isn’t always the most exciting of activities, especially when it is in another language. In fact, reading in another language can be a great challenge as it is very easy for your mind to lose focus or for you to get distracted.
However, it is extremely beneficial to read in another language, and foreign language blogs are the best place to start as the vocabulary won’t be too complicated, and they can help you learn cultural aspects also.
7. Music and Films
There are so many ways now to access foreign films and songs that just a decade ago would have been impossible to find. YouTube and Filmix are perfect for finding films, and Apple or Google are ideal for finding any kind of song from any country. You have an untold amount of films and songs to choose from, all of which can help you quickly overcome language barriers.
There is no excuse to let any language barriers stop you anymore; with language learning apps, and apps like Spokeo that can help you find an abundance of people to practice with, you have more ways than ever to learn new things.
Maguire Haigh is a marketing manager for Spokeo. He is interested in the latest technology trends, marketing strategies and business development. He also prefers travelling, exploring the world and meeting new people. Maguire has great experience in creating and editing articles on different topics.