Learn a Language Using Google Images

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Gone are the days where you would be required to learn a language from books and courses that paid no respect whatsoever to your pace. Then entered self-taught programs which were, undoubtedly a level up, however, as any language learner will tell you- you can’t learn a language until it’s there right in front of you all the time-pointing to the fact that we all are essentially visual learners. And visual learners need good quality images to learn. So, if you are a visual learner who has set their eyes on learning a language then this article is for you. Here we will learn how to optimise google images to aid in learning our target language. 

Use Google Images for your flashcards

The options for online or digital flashcards are many. You can simply take a word and enter into a google image. Save the image on the top of your flashcard and a little caption which includes the word in English or any other language that you are using as a medium. On the second side you can type out the word in your target language. Then learn the word from your flashcard in the usual manner until it sticks. Remember repetition is key. 

Create a document full of pictures of related words

Sometimes it does not suffice to learn just one word when it is almost mandatory to learn other related words with it. For instance, if you are learning the word ‘teacher’, it is useful to learn the distinction between a male and female teacher, student, classroom, name of various subjects taught, in order to build a decent vocabulary. It is similar to building a vision board if you look at it. You can follow the given steps:

  1. First of all write down your root words, say ‘teacher’ 
  2. Find and save an image of a teacher and use the word in your target language for the caption.
  3. If you want to have a go at an advanced level, then you can even write a sentence using the target word to practice. 
  4. Now using arrows to mark the relationship between next words and the root word, save images and write down their words in your target language. 
  5. Print out the document and hang it somewhere where you can easily access it. 

Looking at the document frequently and practicing from it will help you remember words along with their meanings with a minimal effort.

Find a list of Google’s individual country domains and search images from there

It is easy to lose the meaning of a word in translation, therefore as a better practice you can find the individual country domain of your target language and then take it from there. Using this method, you can add in the nuances of words used and learn more accurately. 

Use google images basic version

The basic version of google images comes with little captions that save you the hard work of making one yourself. It gives you a better picture of how to use the word in a context. Since you are still learning the language and you do not know what exactly those little captions mean, you can still go ahead and take them down as a memory aid. Since google has switched to an upgraded version of google images, here’s what you can do to access the basic version. Scroll down to the bottom of the image you have selected and click ‘Switch to the Basic Version’ (or your language’s equivalent) on the bottom right. After it loads, you can bookmark the page and access it to use more words. 

Learning a new language requires creativity and despite the fact that there are more language learning apps than you can probably use in your lifetime, if you utilise methods that speak more to you, then your interest in the language will increase manifold. For Haitian creole, you can Learn basic topics like ‘We Are Family’ in Haitian Creole for conversation and grammar on Creole Tutors website. It is important to remember that language learning is a deeply personal journey and the more personalized methods you use, the better your skills will be. 

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