Starting a YouTube channel for speaking practice?
Hi everyone. I’m thinking of starting a YouTube channel to practice speaking in my target language.
Has anyone tried this before and was it helpful?
I don't mean to shoo shoo your idea, but I don't think recording yourself while you practice speaking a foreign language and sharing it online is all that helpful. You may not pronounce everything correctly and this could confuse other learners. But recording it for personal use is a better idea. Lets say you record yourself speaking the language you're learning one month. You practice your pronunciation and record yourself again the next month. You can then compare your recordings and physically hear your improvements. Again, please don't take this offensively, I'm not trying to make you feel bad or insult you in any way.
I tried - I made 2 or 3 videos of myself doing some Memrise Spanish exercises. I had fun making them, and I learnt a little from being able to watch myself back and hear how I compared to the Spanish voice.
Ultimately I decided it was too much effort to set up, film, and then edit into something worth uploading to YouTube, compared to the benefit I was getting out of it. Maybe I'll try it again some day, if I can think of a better content idea for myself.
I would say it's worth the experiment - and remember that you're making it for yourself, not for the internet. If you watch it and don't like it, then you don't have to upload it :)
Hey Thalia! About your question, record yourself speaking the target language, then listen it over and over trying to get your mistakes. I used to record my pronunciation while I'm reading a book in English, then I listen these files when I'm doing something else... I think it had helped my listen and my pronunciation. Now, about videos, I didn't try yet, but I think it could help in some way.
I personally think that for improving your ability to speak on-the-fly you'd get more out of finding a language exchange partner. Some ideas:
http://www.conversationexchange.com - you create an account and then search for practice partners. You can search by various criteria such as gender, age, nationality, hobbies. You can search for pen pals, audio chat partners, or video chat partners. You can use their internal messaging service if you don't want to give out your email address.
Also check out iTalki, weSpeke, Busuu, and goSpeaky.
For just listening to yourself so you can improve your pronunciation, I like Vocaroo. More info: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/16226812
I think that if you're bumbling along in a not-yet-mastered language you will attract a lot of hateful trolls on YouTube. Folks there can be very cruel and that would be demotivating (for me, at least).