Lindsay Dow is a traveler. And whether she's off to Sweden, Finland, Lithuania or somewhere else, she finds a way to use social media to for self-motivation, learning and fun. She also teaches English and language learning in general at Lindsay Does Languages.
Today she's talking about how to make the best use of the newer social media networks—Snapchat, Instagram, Periscope and some that are just for language learners.
1) New social media platforms are more forgiving
Have you ever recorded a video on YouTube in which you're speaking terribly in a foreign language? It's kind of embarrassing.
The great thing about Snapchat and Periscope is that the videos you record disappear after a day. With Snapchat, you have more privacy about who sees your videos. Periscope might have a wider reach, but it's still ephemeral.
2) Social media can be a great tool for accountability
Even if none of your friends on Snapchat speak the language you're learning, it's still more likely a habit of daily practice will stick if you're sharing snaps every day and the consistent effort is crucial to your long term progress.
3) Getting feedback from the right place
If you want feedback, YouTube is an option... for the masochistic. Instagram is open enough that you've got a better chance of your content being seen by native speakers (depending on your network of course), but feedback is usually gentler than on YouTube.
4) For meeting native speakers, try language specific networks
If your goal is to make new friends who speak the language you're looking for, you're probably best off using a platform made for that purpose. Especially if you're a native English speaker, you'll have no problems finding conversation partners on Hello Talk or Tandem.
There are a lot of options, so just experiment and see what works for you. Language learning has gotten immeasurably easier in the past 10 years and better tools are emerging all the time.
Feel free to ask Lindsay questions in the discussion below. If you want to learn more from Lindsay, try her self study program or her phrasal verb course for English learners.