Social media is a term for websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. Some examples are Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. They can be very helpful when learning a new language. Many of us use social media on a daily basis. Why not turn social media into a tool to help you learn English?
Useful Social Media Terms:
Post: a photo, video or written words that a user shares on social media
Tweet: to post on Twitter
Followers: people who choose to see your media in their feed
Following: people you choose to see their feed
Likes: approval of a post
Trending: a topic or hashtag that becomes popular
Viral: a topic or post that has been shared by many people
Hashtag: indicated by a # symbol; can be useful when searching for a topic
Feed: information given in real time about certain people or topics
Twitter is an American online micro-blogging and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as "tweets". Tweets were originally restricted to 140 characters, but on November 7, 2017, this limit was doubled to 280 for all languages except Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
There are many twitter accounts that can help you with English. These are my favorite:
@DynamicEnglish1 - Resources in English and Spanish
@bbcle - BBC Learning English
@English11Daily - British English
@Englishasa2lang -All things English
There are many English twitter accounts that are fun to follow. Here are my favorites:
@mental_floss - facts, trivia and news
@Rolling Stone - music, entertainment and culture
@NY Times - news
@weatherchannel - weather
@espn - sports
@IMDb - movies, TV and celebrities
@NatGeo - Natural Geographic - understanding of the world
Instagram is a photo and video-sharing social networking service. It started in 2010. Instagram has over one billion users (i.e. 1,000,000,000).
Users “like’” 4.2 billion posts per day
95 million posts per day
157 million followers for Cristiano Ronaldo
There are many instagram accounts that are helpful for English learners. Here are my favorites:
DynamicEnglish - Everything you need - the best account to follow!
Idiom.Land- learning English idioms
Englishgate4u- vocabulary, grammar, common mistakes
Hotenglishmagazine- quizzes for english learners
Here are my favorite hashtags to find english learning posts:
Facebook, Inc. is an online social media and social networking service company based in Menlo Park, California. It was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, along with his fellow Harvard College friends.
Founded in 2004, today Facebook has over 2.3 billion users.
Practicing English with Facebook Friends
‘Friending’ English speakers on Facebook is a great way to practice your English. In addition to English speaking friends, Facebook has many pages and groups that encourage English learning. Here are some of the best groups to join for English language learners:
Learn English with Friends
Learn Spoken English
Learning English Together
Youtube is a video sharing website that allows you to upload, view, rate, share, and comment on videos. The videos include: music videos, tv clips, documentaries, video blogs, movie trailers, sports highlights, live streams, educational videos, and news to name a few. When a person or a group post videos, they can create a channel. If the channel is interesting to us, we can subscribe to the channel and gain easy access as well as get notifications to other videos they have posted. There are many channels that are educational such as Dynamic English and English Stories Collection. Some of the most popular English speaking channels include: The Vlogbrothers, The Key of Awesome and The Ellen Show.
Podcasts are audio files from the internet that can be downloaded to the computer or mobile phone. As with Youtube, there is a huge variety of topics and you can subscribe to different podcasts that are of interest. Here are some of my favorite podcasts: to learn English -Coffee with Gringos (CWG on Spotify) and Voice of American: Learning English, to listen to English The Daily and The Way I Heard It.
Both Youtube and Podcasts allow you to develop your listening skills, improve your pronunciation and gives you access to a variety of different accents.
Thanks to technology, we have so many options available to help English learners. No matter what your level is - there is something out there for you. So get connected, log in, sync, download and enjoy!
Written by: Tracey Griffith