The advantages of online language learning
As online language learning continues to develop, we assess why lessons with a live instructor provide faster and better results than apps, video games and face-to-face teaching.
Having online language tutorials means you can enjoy in-depth lessons from the comfort of your own home, cutting out time and money spent travelling;
Apps are gamified and underestimate the importance of reading, writing and speaking the language;
Signing up to an online language course gives the chance to learn as a group, whether with friends & family or a new set of people;
LingoRx offers both one-on-one and group lessons, delivered at a time and place that suits you, with up to nine languages available;
It has been scientifically proven that learning a language can reduce anxiety and illness, while enhancing creativity and problem solving
What is the best way to learn a language?
So you’ve decided it’s time to become fluent in another language. Maybe it’s to move abroad, to improve your job prospects or just to fulfil a lifetime ambition.
Whatever the reason, choosing the most reliable method of learning can be tricky.
When it comes to guidance or tutorials, YouTube has arisen as one of the world leaders, with 86 percent of US viewers stating they use YouTube to learn new things. Indeed, the video platform has a range of language lessons delivered in bite sized chunks.
Meanwhile, the rise of language apps such as Duolingo and Memrise has resulted in people choosing to learn a new dialect while on the go, whether it be sitting on the train or finding some downtime during the day.
Conversely, another option is the traditional format of attending face-to-face lessons, travelling to a lecture hall or classroom for an evening or weekend class.
But when it comes to truly mastering a new language, are these methods really effective?
Do they go into the necessary detail and deliver tailored support, without you having to fit your schedule around a set lesson time and location?
LingoRx, which offers bespoke online courses in a broad selection of languages, explains why online language tutorials offer the best of both worlds.
Why learn a new language?
For a lot of people, learning a language used to mean memorising a few key terms – where the bathroom is, pleading for directions, asking for the bill – before going on vacation.
Things have changed, though, and it’s been scientifically proven that mastering a second language can really enrich your life in a number of ways.
From a professional standpoint, someone fluent in more than one dialect can earn up to 15 percent more than their monolingual colleague.
It can open doors for you in a host of exciting industries, and the demand only continues to grow – according to the US Department of Labor, there will be a 42 percent increase in demand for translators/interpreters over the next decade.
In the aftermath of Brexit, there has been a surge in people learning other European languages, particularly with many British expats moving to France, Germany and Spain.
Equally, if you seek an international job opportunity in leading countries such as Japan or India, knowing the language will only bolster your chances and help you settle in faster.
Becoming fluent in a different dialect makes your brain smarter, but in more ways than you might think.
Research has proven that being bilingual can boost brain functions such as your attention span and the ability to perform mental tasks. You will also be “significantly more successful” than your monolingual friends when it comes to problem solving and creative objectives.
Not only that, but learning a language will yield benefits in old age. A report in the Annals of Neurology showed that bilingualism can delay dementia, while another demonstrated it can slow the onset of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease for as long as five years.
It’s good to start learning young, too, as bilingual children experience less anxiety, loneliness and sadness, with scientists pointing towards the ability to understand and engage with multiple cultures giving these children a broader emotional perspective.
With so many far-ranging benefits, suddenly having a few language tutorials seems worth it.
Why online language learning reigns supreme
You’ll inevitably receive different suggestions from various people, but to truly excel at becoming fluent, embarking on an online language learning course with your own instructor is the perfect choice.
Signing up to online lessons means you cut out the stressful travel times and rigid schedules of classroom teaching. It also means you save valuable money on commuting and resist the urge to buy snacks or visit the nearest pub for a post-lesson pint.
Having an online instructor has considerably more benefits than saving time and money, though.
You will still get the same in-depth analysis, tailored support and real-time feedback that you would if you were sitting with your instructor in person. Only this time, you can do it in the comfort of your own home, in a coffee shop or indeed anywhere in the world.
What’s more, if you want to learn with your friends, family or meet new people, online lessons can be taught in groups, bringing the diversity and connectivity of the classroom to your living room.
Why not language apps?
Thanks to technological advancements, many people have realised classroom learning is a bit out-of-touch.
Instead, they turn to language apps to learn new dialects – in recent years, searches for these apps has grown by 85 percent.
It’s easy to see why people plump for Duolingo and Memrise for their language learning – they’re easily accessible and help you pick up key terms before your next trip.
However, using apps only scratches the surface of a language and will only get you so far in your learning.
Firstly, most of them only offer certain levels for free – after that, you are required to pay a subscription fee and run the risk of your data being sold to advertisers.
Furthermore, research shows that learning a language via an app does not provide comprehensive feedback, with senior researchers commenting that apps are better suited as “additional resources” to lessons.
Many of these apps also follow a gamification method, rewarding users with points as they crack certain words. While that provides an element of excitement, it turns learning words into a competition, encourages cheating and rushing, and only gives you snippets of dialect.
Learning solely via an app is not great practice for the natural back and forth of a real conversation, and formality and regional differences are not best taught by an app that has a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Not only that, but if you find yourself struggling with certain words or how to pronounce a few key terms, the app will not provide bespoke feedback, set specific homework to help, or answer your queries.
Meeting the needs of the modern world
At LingoRx, we provide interactive lessons with a dedicated instructor, delivered in either one-on-one sessions or in small groups.
There is also a wealth of languages to choose from, namely Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Sign Language and Spanish.
LingoRx provides much more than pre-recorded video clips or in-app games, too.
You will learn from native speakers, who are experts in the field and have accrued teaching experience at some of the world’s most eminent institutions.
Our tutors are thoroughly vetted and have to meet a stringent selection policy. Additionally, all sessions are recorded to ensure our students learn in safety. You can find further information on our FAQs page.
When it comes to learning with LingoRx, there are a number of options available, such as:
Group lessons (up to five people) each week, giving you the chance to discuss and share insight with your peers;
Bespoke, one-on-one lessons with a dedicated instructor that meet your schedule;
Fast-track lessons that provide an accelerated learning plan to ensure you master the language quickly and effectively.
Sessions are typically delivered once a week (apart from the fast-track option, which is twice a week). You will follow a detailed lesson plan, be given assignments and mock tests, and be assigned homework tasks to keep you mentally sharp until the next lesson.
Unlike language apps and other modes of online learning, LingoRx’s lessons help facilitate real learning at a pace that suits you. You’ll learn to pronounce, read and write your chosen language, with guidance and support from our experienced tutors every step of the journey.
At LingoRx, we understand that flexibility is just as important as the content. Our online language learning courses meet the demands of modern living, enabling you to pick and choose what time you have your lessons.
Not only that, but you can cancel classes at any time, as long as you provide at least 48 hours’ notice. Furthermore, classes can be rescheduled with 24 hour advance notice at no additional charge.
The best of both worlds
There are benefits to apps and videos, but having online language tutorials provide the immersive teaching environment that apps simply can’t provide, while cutting out the logistical constraints of old-fashioned face-to-face lessons.
LingoRx replicates the real-world classroom learning of instant feedback and detailed lessons, while also boasting the adaptability and interactivity of in-app education.
If you want to learn in a group, whether it be with friends, family or a new set of peers, LingoRx’s group lessons offer you the chance to engage with fellow learners, enjoy group work, share your experiences and learn in a collaborative and engaging environment.
Ready to start your journey?
To get a taste of our full learning experience, book an introductory lesson, available at either fifteen or thirty minute-long sessions, for free.
You can turn on your computer screen and enjoy a highly engaging lesson with a native expert in your chosen language, or thrive in a virtual classroom surrounded by learners from across the globe, without leaving your sofa.
When it comes to enriching your personal life, improving your health and advancing your job opportunities, LingoRx will set you on an immersive online language learning journey that can take you anywhere in the world, at a time and place that suits you.
Are you ready to begin learning a new language? Contact us with a message and we’ll be in touch.