Are you going abroad to work? Learn a language with your phone!

According to the report “Wage migrations of poles” prepared by the labor service, poles most often emigrate to Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. These studies also show that one of the biggest barriers to migration is still the lack of knowledge of a foreign language.

The report shows that 8.6 percent. active or potential participants in the labor market are considering a trip to work abroad. At the same time, 37.1 percent. of them would like to leave for 3 months, and 19.2 percent. permanently. In addition, almost 7 out of 10 poles decide to emigrate in order to work because of the amount of earnings. In the second place, the departure of compatriots abroad is caused both by better prospects for professional development and by a higher standard of living (32%).).

– More than half of poles going to work abroad are young people, under 35. one year old. These are people familiar with new technologies, living in the online world and positive attitude to technological innovations – says Marta wiśniewska, Marketing & Employer Branding Manager at Contrain-recruitment agency for polish and foreign clients. When deciding to emigrate for a living, you need to remember how important it is to know a foreign language.

– Even lower-level jobs require the employee to have a basic knowledge of specific industry vocabulary. Employees who can use the language even in a communicative way can expect higher wages-adds Marta wiśniewska.

Easy access to job offers abroad is made possible by the fact that almost every person now has a smartphone with internet access, which is confirmed by research. Among people aged 25-34 years, the percentage of using smartphones for various purposes was 95%. At the beginning of 2019, more than half of network users bought something via a smartphone (in Poland-36% of users). 41% of the global population used online banking (51% in Poland) and 37% used mobile wallets (28% in Poland). In addition to the high percentage of people using smartphones, the role of mobile applications-not just entertainment applications-is also growing. Today, mobile apps help you travel, perform everyday tasks, and can even become an effective teacher-for example, a foreign language. How? Learn our tips.

Read news on foreign websites

Many people can not imagine starting the day without coffee and morning news. Whether you’re browsing news sites at breakfast or on public transport on your way to work-this is the perfect time to learn a foreign language. Learning will become more effective if you visit every day one of the English-language news sites such as BBC, CNN, NBC News, or German-language such as Spiegel Online,, or, for example, Deutsche Welle. The last proposal-Deutsche Welle-is an ideal proposal for people who are just starting to learn a language. There you will find videos and articles that will help you both to listen to the language and accent, as well as to fix the spelling of words and phrases.

Watch foreign language videos on YouTube

YouTube videos are very popular. Whether you are looking for a casserole recipe, a review of the latest movie or watching an interesting event, you can also learn a language. Try to reach for materials in the language you are learning. If it is too difficult for you to understand the meaning by ear, you can add subtitles to the video. Even if there are no officially prepared subtitles for a particular video, YouTube can generate them automatically in most cases. This is an invaluable help for all beginners!

Use the mobile app

On the market we can find many applications for learning languages, which differ among themselves teaching methods, degree of difficulty and the range of available languages. For those considering a business trip, the best solution will be to choose an application that also includes specialized courses. The phone is a device that we always have with us, so we can turn on the application at any time and make productive use of our free time, complementing dialogues, repeating specialized vocabulary, as well as listening to the correct pronunciation. – Babbel app gives you the opportunity to learn English and German, with an additional division into specialized courses. We will find among them: business english, english for the medical, catering, hotel and medical staff and for the construction industry – says Miriam plieninger, director of the teaching department in the Babbel team. – The extensive offer of specialized courses in English is of great interest. Therefore, in mid – July, the app will also include the Business German course-adds Miriam plieninger.

Talk to… your own smartphone

As you can see from the example of mobile applications, learning a foreign language is possible on its own-including speaking exercises. Thanks to the rapid development of technology, today you can ask your smartphone to give you the time, present the weather forecast for the next day, or play your favorite song. In the privacy of your home, you can ask questions and talk to artificial intelligence. This method of learning is particularly attractive, because it gives the opportunity to learn languages in different varieties and accents. For Siri, you can select English with an accent, for example. from England, USA, Australia or New Zealand. When it comes to German, we have a choice of accents from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A big plus of language apps like Babbel is that they not only respond to what you say, but also improve your pronunciation.
Listen, listen and listen again

In the age of platforms like Spotify and tidal, we have music from all over the world at our fingertips. You’re learning German, but you don’t know any performers you might like? Start with ready-made playlists created by German users, which will lead you on the right track from link to link. Listening to a foreign language radio will help you to develop your skills as much as possible. If you are learning English, for example, bet on the BBC, which offers more than 50 thematic channels, including local radio, cultural or sports programs, as well as stations dedicated to specific musical genres. If you want to listen with an American accent, you will certainly be interested in the program of NPR. On the other hand, if you are learning German, it is worth listening from time to time, for example, Euronews, Deutschlandfunk, Südwestrundfunk or WDR radio.

Learning using the above methods is simple, pleasant and does not take much time. During your daily activities, you can improve your skills, learn new vocabulary, including specialized vocabulary, and listen to the melody of the language and its accents. In this way, you will not even look back, and you will clearly improve your chances in the labor market.

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