The thing with language learning, and really with any goal or desire we have in life, is that we spend a lot of time thinking about what we want and talking about what we want, but way less time actually doing anything to get us towards our goals.
We found that one of the most common productive summertime goals people have is to try and learn a new language. But with the beach, summer nights and all the watermelon snacks we somehow get distracted and end up not knowing where to start. So, we’ve brought you ways you can start now learning a language, whether from the comfort of your own home or if you’d like to go take a course somewhere.
This guide contains apps that will help you learn a new language, and places in Egypt to learn a certain language, and corporations that offer exchange programs because the best way to learn the language is by hearing a native speaker well… speaking it. Isn’t that how we all learned our mother tongue anyways?
As their slogan states; learning with Duolingo is fun and addictive at the same time. It’s the #1 app on learning a variety of new languages. You earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up! A study has even shown that 34 hours of Duolingo are equal to 1 university semester of language courses. Duolingo lessons adapt to your learning style. Exercises are tailored to help you learn and review vocabulary effectively. It doesn’t get any better!
Memrise is a language learning app that is the opposite of textbook learning: it’s enjoyable and effective. Founded in 2010, Memrise has quickly grown and now has more than 40 million people in 189 countries learn languages to better themselves, connect with others and with the world around them. They are guided by their three principles:
- Rich real-life language content,
- A saucy recipe of tech and science,
- If it isn’t fun, you just won’t learn.
LinguaLift helps you learn real life communication through interactive lessons that adapt to your personal needs, and teach you how to speak, write and read the language! Their interactive lessons use audio from native speakers to teach you the correct pronunciation, giving you the ability and confidence to start speaking the language from day one.
Places to Learn New Languages
- Instituto Cervantes de El Cairo
The Spanish Cultural Centre is the best accredited place where you can learn Spanish. However, prices are a little bit expensive but this place is definitely worth it. The Cervantes Institute is a public institution created by Spain in 1991 for the promotion and teaching of Spanish language and co – official languages and the dissemination of Spanish and Latin American culture. It is present in 90 cities in 43 countries on five continents.
- Istituto Italiano di Cultura Il Cairo
The Italian Cultural Institute in Cairo, office of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, disseminates and promotes knowledge of Italian language and culture in Egypt, organizes wide-ranging cultural events, in collaboration with Egyptian cultural institutions and in synergy with the Country System. It responds to requests for information on Italian culture and the Italian university system; organizes courses in Italian language and culture and is in constant contact with the five Egyptian universities in which Italian language and culture are taught.
- Institut francais d’Egypte
The French Institute of Egypt is the heir to the great tradition of cooperation between Egypt and France and a major player in the bonds of friendship between the French and Egyptian people. Its action is part of the 1968 cultural, technical and scientific cooperation agreement. Their mission is to contribute to the influence of French culture, language and expertise in Egypt; and to strengthen cooperation between Egypt and France in all fields: educational and linguistic, cultural, academic, scientific and technical.
They are a youth leadership movement, passionately driven by one cause, the peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential. To achieve this, they seek to engage and empower every young person. Starting the age 18, anyone can sign up to one of their exchange programs to Brazil or India or Mexico where you can stay abroad for 6 weeks and walk the streets like a local, and hopefully learn the language by submersing yourself in it!
AFS has a long-standing history of significant contributions to the field of intercultural education, often working in partnership with leading institutions and notable researchers. From High School Study Abroad, Language Learning, Volunteer Abroad, Gap Year Opportunities, Adult Study Abroad, Internships Abroad, Teacher Exchanges and Summer/ Short-term Study Abroad. They are a pioneer on Intercultural Education.
“The main goal of the Exchange Programme is to share and develop competencies, ideas, working methods and business culture between Eurhonet companies. This will result in improved performance and ensure that housing companies are more attractive as an employer!
The idea is that an employee (from the sending company), visits another Eurhonet company (the host) for 3 to 5 days. During these days, he/she will learn from new colleagues’ different approaches and methods to tackle similar challenges but in different cultural contexts.”
Bookmarking those websites won’t help because it will be at least 3 weeks before you look at them again and that’s a fact! So maybe now that we’ve put everything you need to know about how to learn a new language in one place, you’ll be encouraged to act on it. Share this article with your linguistic friends and start picking which language you want to speak next and how you’ll learn it.