How to practice your target language regardless of native speakers
This might help those who don't have native speakers to practice or don't feel confident to speak yet. This technique helped me a lot to practice English by myself.
One of the most effective (and funnier) methods that I've been using to practice is literally chatting with my phone just like I would do with a real person.
"How do you do that?"
Well, I just changed the language of my phone to English and started asking Google Assistant some generic questions.
A lot of people don't know this, but Google Assistant has been improving a lot since it was launched and it is able to answer a lot of questions in a very human way.
Right now, the app is available in eight different languages:
However, they promised that the app will be available up to 30 languages by the end of 2018 (Danish, Dutch, Hindi and Indonesian are included among the upcoming languages)
For those who are interested, I recorded this video showing how I've been practicing my speaking skills with Google Assistant. I even asked it to marry me and it answered! hahahahaha
Comic from Camille Gautier (MlleKarensac).
Oh my gosh, I did that a few times accidentally a while ago! I think I used Cortana (or maybe Google?) in Windows 10, and after changing my language settings, I didn't realize she would only respond to me if I spoke French. Whatever I said in English, it came out garbled and not understandable. I then spoke in French, and voila... she responded! I wasn't too good in French back then, but maybe now I will try that out and have her tell me a few French jokes in French. :-D
Thanks a bunch, RafaLeon14, as I forgot about that! :-)
All great ideas! As a native English speaker, I've been integrating French into my daily routine to create a more realistic use of the language. For instance: daily agendas, reminders, grocery lists, etc. With my closest friends and family, I'll occasionally write the french translation of a text message/email under the original. Some ignore them entirely, others have actually shown some interest in learning themselves :-D.
That really is an excellent point - we carry around technology that can understand us and rarely think of it.
Siri (for those of us who're Apple-inclined) can do the same thing, and in more languages, though... I find that it's far more limited in other languages as to what she can tell me (my Hebrew Siri can't tell me about baseball scores, for instance, alas). Definitely good for practice, though.
Totally! It's really scary, but we need to be aware that online services such as Google and Facebook have a lot of info about us already. Unfortunately, this kind of "privacy" is something we need to "give up" in order to use their services.
At least you can see part of what they have on you here: https://myactivity.google.com/
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed. I wanted to share this because I was one of those people who has never had natives speakers around to practice. And it took me a really long time to notice how I could overcome these problems with creativity. Now that I succeeded, I want to help people to do the same. :)
Thank you, my friend! I'm really glad you remembered that post and I appreciate your compliments. I really want to help people and whenever I see comments like yours I feel that all my efforts paid off. It's always nice to see that people are appreciating your work. Once again, thank you! :)
"What you need
To use the Google Assistant, you’ll need a phone or tablet with:
- Android 6.0 or higher
- Google app 6.13 or higher
- Google Play services
- 1.4 GB of memory and 720p screen resolution
- Device's language set to a language listed above"
"prepare yourself for some really weird advertisements coming your way"
Not necessarily. A lot of personal preferences can be "forgotten" if you want. Every time it says "I'll remember that" you have the option to ask it to forget this info and, honestly, if you are connected with a Google account already, it is likely that they have a lot of information about you already! Not to mention that you can always delete things here: https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity
"You guys have free phones and internet over there?"
I assumed you had a phone already and in order to watch the video, you also need an internet connection. So, I meant "no additional costs." Hahahaha