Amazon’s new tablet, the Kindle Fire, has shown to be a good tool for learning languages. The biggest advantage to this reader is that it allows you to access numerous resources by working with various applications connected to the Internet.
While reading a book in English and listening to the BBC, take a break to review on MosaLingua and make a Skype call to an English friend to talk about the book you’re reading–all of that easily done from one single device!
We selected the five best ways and tricks to learn languages with Amazon’s Kindle Fire:
1. Read in another language
The Kindle was made for reading, of course, which makes it an ideal way to read your favorite books in the languages that you’re learning. To the contrary of other tablets, the multilingual dictionary really helps reading in other languages.
Every type of Kindle comes with an integrated dictionary. When you read books or works in a foreign language, you can access a monolingual dictionary to look up words. Caution: It’s not a translation but an explanation in the same language. You can download other dictionaries, too. It’s what makes learning languages with Amazon’s Kindle Fire so practical.
To download a dictionary:
- While reading, keep your finger pressed on the word that you want to look up in the dictionary.
- A window will open. Download the suggested dictionary or press on “Choose a Dictionary” to download one in another language. Kindle Fire dictionaries are available in English (US and UK), French, Italian, Spanish, German, and Brazilian Portuguese
- Once you’ve downloaded the dictionary, the definition of the word will show up in the selected language if the word is in the dictionary.
If you’re connected to the Internet, you can easily find the translation of any word by keeping your finger pressed on the word and then clicking on “google.” A piece of advice: to remain immersed in the language, avoid looking up translations and click on “images” in Google instead 😉
2. Listen to podcasts or audio books
There are tons of podcast readers. You just have to choose one that can download podcasts from the Internet. Check out the MosaLingua site for free podcasts in the language that you’d like to learn and others that you can purchase.
The best, free podcasts for learning Spanish
Listen to audio books while you read them for a really effective combination that improves oral and written comprehension skills at the same time.
Download ebooks and audiobooks at the same time on this site
3. Take classes via Skype
The Kindle Fire tablet is the ideal tool for taking classes by video because it can be transported anywhere and offers as much comfort as a Smartphone’s small screen.
We already compiled a list of the best sites where you can establish a language exchange:
The best sites for language exchanges
4. Use Mosalingua
Our applications allow you to quickly learn a language thanks to our innovative strategies outlined here: MOSA Learning.You can download MosaLingua English, Business English, Italian, German, Portuguese, and French on the official site on Amazon.
Download MosaLingua for Kindle Fire
5- Keep information information stored with Evernote
Evernote is a program that can be installed on all of your devices (PC, Smartphone, tablet …) and that lets you collect documents, photos, screenshots: it’s simply one big, well-organized notepad.
Si vous ne connaissez pas encore, If you’re not yet familiar with this program, here’s a little tutorial that explains how Evernote works: Evernote Tutorial
Some ideas for using Evernote when you’re learning a language:
– Copy and paste expressions that seem important to you: Certain words have a specific meaning in a certain context. When you stumble upon the word, you can make note of it to remember it later.
– Make your own grammar book: Il y a des sites bien, There are good sites, interesting books, and sometimes even images that explain a concept well…but they can all be scattered about, with some online, others not. Simplify your life and create your own book of grammar (or of anything) by grouping together things in a “notebook.”
– Keep a language journal: Evernote is perfect for daily use because it can be accessed from multiple synchronized devices. A journal creates a space where every dayyou can compile what you’ve learned, things you’ve recorded, photos you like, etc. Write a few words to tell your day no matter where you are (and you don’t have to worry about losing this journal!).
So if you have a Kindle Fire, take advantage of all the benefits it has and put to practice right away these tips and tricks!
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I have tried the Amazon kindle for learning Spanish and it is quite helpful. I still not able to understand the language but able to speak few isolated words as of now.