30 Aug 2020 | 09:10 WIB
Language applications are now very popular. Many people think that it is now easy to learn a (new) language online using language learning applications. The best language learning apps provide almost everything you need to learn a new language. They help you build your vocabulary, develop your grammar knowledge, provide videos, audios, and many assignments for you to practice. More than that language learning applications are also economical, simple, and convenient. You can study wherever you are and whenever you want to.
The fact is learning a language online without the assistance of a teacher is like some sort of walking to an unknown place without any guide. It might be interesting for some reason, but it will certainly take a much longer time and could be very difficult to develop your language skills without any teacher to guide and partner to practice with. And it is more than often that learning a language without any teacher won’t work for many.
When learning a language online using Language apps you are provided with assignments to be automatically corrected by the system. The system can tell you that what you have done is wrong, but it can’t tell you to some extent how would be the proper way to learn so that you would not repeat the same mistakes. Many language learning apps might be good to develop your vocabulary, increase your phrases and idioms, even teach you to pronounce correctly. Unfortunately learning a language is not merely learning new vocabularies, phrases, idioms, and grammar.
Language is all about communication. The language apps will not be able to evaluate your communication competence using the learned language. The system provides assignments for you to do. Do the assignments really evaluate your language competence? Definitely no! It is the teachers who know better how your language competence develops and improves in real communication.
Language learning should be fun and for this part, nothing can replace the human interaction between the teacher and the student. There is so much in language learning that has to do with non-verbal communication.
Online language teachers can make jokes, tease you, laugh with you, enjoy the process with you. They involve their emotion along with what is happening during the process of your learning. They are your partners to converse in the target language. Language teachers will pay attention to your learning style. They know what topics interest you, know how to make you talk, tell you exactly what you need to improve, and most importantly they will encourage you, motivate you when you feel that you don’t make any progress. Fun and motivation are undeniably important factors in language learning.
Those are things that even the best language apps won’t be able to provide. When you learn online using language apps you are interacting with applications. You are interacting with systems that would more likely have the same pattern have no emotion and no knowledge about your personality.
You might learn a language for a specific purpose, such as for work in a particular field and for that reason you need to learn specialized vocabulary and materials. Medical workers, for example, might focus on terminology related to the body and illnesses, whereas diplomats need to learn vocabulary for chairing and participating in meetings and conferences or conduct negotiations.
Some language apps allow you to create your own study sets, and the app turns whatever you want to study into flashcards, quizzes, and games. The question is whether they can select what words are important and what are not. They give everything under the subject you ask for including the words that you will never use in your field and they ask you to memorize them.
On the contrary online language, teachers will discuss with you and take into consideration your specific needs and purposes and then design the syllabus based on which the materials are selected. The course content is created for you only. The teachers will not treat everyone exactly the same. With Covid-19 seriously threatening us to travel and get together an in-class meeting, Realia has prepared well the online Indonesian courses with teachers of best teaching practices for you to learn within the comfort of your premises.
Having been in the business of Indonesian language training for more than thirty years, we confidently offer you the opportunity to learn at Realia with well-planned learning-teaching approaches, methods, and techniques. We have been serving training participants in our Indonesian courses from many different countries either in private or group classes.
Don’t take our words for granted! You have our free trial classes to prove before taking the actual Indonesian class to meet your specific needs and purposes.