How To Learn a Language Without Actually Talking To a Human

There are always ways to get around social interactions. These are some of the oldest tricks in the book I've learned from my (already advanced) introverted students.


Kiara R. Ruiz

2/25/20233 min read

Learning a new language can be a challenging yet rewarding experience. While conversation and immersion with native speakers are often considered the most effective way to learn a language, it may not always be possible to have face-to-face interactions. However, this does not mean that learning a new language on your own is impossible. There are many ways to make progress in your language-learning journey without actually talking to a human. Here are some tips for how to do so effectively:

  1. Use language learning software or apps: One of the most convenient ways to learn a new language is through the use of language learning software or apps. These programs often use interactive exercises, games, and quizzes to teach vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. Some popular options include Duolingo, Rosetta Stone, and Babbel, which offer personalized lesson plans and progress tracking to help you stay motivated and on track.

  2. Take advantage of online resources: The internet is full of resources for learning a new language, including websites, podcasts, and videos. Some of the best options include BBC Learning, and TED Talks, which offer lessons on a variety of topics, such as grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. These resources can be accessed anytime, anywhere, making it easy to fit language learning into your busy schedule.

  3. Enhance your listening and speaking skills with native speakers: If you don't have the chance to speak with native speakers in person (or you don't want to), you can still practice your listening and speaking skills through online resources. By using authentic and non-authentic resources (which are designed for native and non-native speakers), you can get the immersive experience that is key to becoming proficient in a new language.

    You can practice speaking out loud, even just by reading a text or script. This will help you get used to the rhythm and flow of the language and can help improve your pronunciation and overall speaking skills. Record yourself speaking and listen back to the recording to identify areas for improvement. Seek feedback from a tutor or native speaker, and practice regularly naturally using the language.

  4. Read and write in the target language: Reading and writing in the target language can help improve your vocabulary, grammar, and overall understanding of the language. You can find books, articles, and other written materials to read in the target language, or try writing your compositions in the language.


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        This will not only help you learn new words and phrases but also give          you a chance to practice your writing skills.

  1. Watch movies and TV shows in the target language: Another way to immerse yourself in the language and improve your listening skills is to watch movies and TV shows in the target language. Many streaming platforms, such as Netflix and Hulu, offer a wide selection of content in various languages. You can also try turning on the subtitles in the target language to help you follow along. This can be a fun and enjoyable way to learn while being entertained.

  2. Take an online language course: If you want more structured learning, you can consider taking an online language course. There are many options available, ranging from short, self-paced courses to more intensive, semester-long programs. These courses often include a mix of interactive exercises, videos, and live sessions with instructors or tutors. This can be a great way to get the benefits of a classroom setting without having to physically be in one.

While these methods can be effective for learning a new language on your own, research has shown that personalized or group classes with a teacher or tutor can greatly enhance language learning outcomes. In a study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology, researchers found that students who received one-on-one instruction with a tutor made significantly more progress in their language learning than those who received self-study materials or group instruction (Larsen-Freeman, Long, & Pienemann, 1991). Similarly, a review of research on language learning methods found that group classes with a trained instructor were more effective than self-study or one-on-one tutoring (Lightbown & Spada, 2006).

Therefore, even if it is possible to learn a new language without actually talking to a human, the most effective way to learn a language is through combining self-study and instruction with a trained teacher or tutor.

When it comes to learning a new language, booking a class with a trained teacher or tutor can be an excellent way to maximize your progress. Personalized or group classes offer the opportunity for direct feedback, correction of mistakes, and guidance on how to improve your language skills. While self-study methods can be helpful, they don't provide the same level of support and guidance as working with a skilled instructor.

That being said, if you really want to push yourself to become proficient in your chosen language, booking a class with me could be the perfect next step. I have a lot of experience working with language learners of all levels and helping them achieve their goals. I'd be happy to help you do the same.