Using social media to learn English language

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Using social media to learn English language

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Using social media to learn English language

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  • Today, learning English involves much more than studying a textbook, doing tests, and putting dictums into practise. With the advent of the Internet and its attendant technology, hosts of options exist for improving your English skills. These options involve interacting with others online via social networks - communicating in order to learn about other cultures, have fun, and to learn English at the same time. Social networks are a relatively new phenomenon. Geocities was one of the web's first social networking sites. They began in 1994. In 1997, AOL Instant Messenger launched. In 2003, MySpace launched, with Facebook following in 2004. Next up was Twitter in 2006. Come 2008, Facebook overtook MySpace as the leading social networking site, and now we have the elusive and mysterious Google +. People are increasingly conversing online using diverse social sites. They enjoy the immediacy and convenience of engaging in discourse any time, any place, anywhere. Let's look at a couple of the most popular social networking opportunities available to you for improving your English.
  1. Twitter

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    • Twitter is a social networking site that demands precision of expression. Why is that? It's because each post or "Tweet" you can make is limited to 140 characters. Therefore, you must be concise in your messaging. As a micro-blogging service, Twitter asks the question "What's happening?" With Twitter, you let others know what you're doing. You can immediately update others on the latest about you and your interests, and with only 140 characters available per message, you're forced to choose your words carefully and to convey your message clearly. This is excellent for improving your English as you eliminate unnecessary words. Like writing poetry, you choose the best words to communicate with. Twitter does not afford you the luxury of rambling on about a topic. With Twitter, you send your Tweets to your Friends or Followers, and you can Follow other people who interest you, and read their Tweets, which are also short. In this way Twitter helps you improve your English reading skills too. You can read a variety of short messages on a myriad of subjects. In this way, you learn new words, turns of phrase, and jargon, which all helps you build your English vocabulary.
    1. Facebook

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      • Facebook is a social networking service whereby users can create a personal profile, add other users as friends, and exchange messages. This includes automatic notifications when they update their personal profile. Facebook users can also join common-interest user groups that they find useful. In a nutshell, Facebook is a web portal for keeping in touch with others. You choose whom you allow to access your Facebook pages. You can post text, pictures, images, video, and music on your Facebook page. You can use a "Wall", which other members can use in order to text each other messages. In addition to text, messages can also contain photos, videos, music and links to other websites. Again, this is an excellent mechanism for building your English skills. You gain English writing experience through composing your various messages. You are not limited to 140 characters, and so you can be elaborate a bit more with your messaging. Facebook also builds your English reading skills. You can read an assortment of messages from those whom you allow into your pages. This diversity of messages means you can learn new words from people all over the world, depending on your list of friends. Some may write extended messages, giving you the opportunity to study their way with words, as well as their word choice. Facebook exposes you to a significant selection of writing (text) in which to build your English skills.
      1. Skype

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        • Skype is a computer software application that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet. Calls to other users of the Skype service are free. Calls to traditional landline phones and mobile phones involve paying a fee. Skype allows you to talk, and/or text and add videos. You can use Skype on your computer, your mobile device, or on your TV, depending on the model of TV you have. As concerns improving your English skills, Skype gets you talking. Consequently, you converse, which is putting your English speaking and listening skills into action. Just as you do in-person, you chat and get your message across verbally. You use the English vocabulary, which you've built up – along with those new words and phrases that you've learned. Moreover, you listen, which means you learn English words and phrasing from others. Of course, you can text on Skype, which lets you practise your English writing skills just as you do on other social networking sites, but its main strength is using it for voice or (if you're brave) and video chats (if you're really, really brave). There are even teachers on Skype who offer traditional English lessons and there are conversational groups that meet more informally.
        1. LinkedIn

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          • If Facebook and Twitter sound a bit frivalous for your tastes, you might prefer LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a social networking site for professionals. It's an excellent site for connecting with other professionals, be it in business, academia, or other organisations. LinkedIn allows for connecting with others to find and share opportunities on a daily basis. On LinkedIn you can build your business English skills through writing your profile, and then keeping it updated. You also build your business English skills through sending messages to others, reading their responses, and replying in kind.
          1. Youtube

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            • YouTube is a video-sharing website. Users upload, share and view videos on this social networking site. Learning English via YouTube involves listening to the language via the videos you view. You also learn through reading the comments posted in English, situated below each video. In addition, some YouTube videos are text presentations in a slide show format, or have subtitles available, so you can actually read English in each screen shot. If you're feeling extra brave you can even post your own video and become the next YouTube sensation. Tell people about your life, read some poetry, sing a song, showcase your talent. You can even create cartoon videos using software like Muvizu,
            1. Google+

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              • A new horse in the stable is Google plus. It's still in Beta, but has some potential as it allows you to put contacts, family and friends into different categories. For me, the jury is out at the moment, but we'll keep you posted. 
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