To help you learn a language and have fun at the same time, we’ve put together a list of our Top 10 language-learning tips. We have tried to steer clear of the ones you hear all the time – so check out all the ideas below, and why not share some of your best suggestions by tweeting us at: @AFCDoubleClub.
FIFA, Football Manager, Pro Evolution Soccer. All of these games (plus others!) can be played in another language, and we’re not just talking about the in-play commentary. Before you do anything, go into the configuration settings and change the language into the one you want to practise. You’ve played the game often enough in English, so you’ll have no problem understanding the context. It will just be a case of building your vocabulary while you’re playing!
Changing the language on electronic devices, such as your phone, tablet or computer, is another easy way to increase your exposure to the target language. This can be done, again, by altering the configuration settings on your device.
Follow the official Arsenal Twitter account in Spanish: @OfficialAFC_ES, or perhaps other teams from other countries.
Follow players on social media who post in other languages – Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Nacho Monreal all tweet in Spanish; Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud tweet in French; while Mesut Özil posts on Facebook in English, German, Spanish and Turkish!
Websites such as FIFA.com and UEFA.org have versions of the same articles in other languages – simply select in the top right hand corner of the screen which language you would like to browse the site in.
Visit the Arsenal Supporters’ Clubs page and find any official supporters’ club in the world. Check out their website, Facebook and Twitter accounts if they have one or, if you’re lucky enough to visit any of these countries, why not get in touch with them to watch a game and practise your language skills?
Visit Emirates Stadium with family or friends and go on a self-guided tour of the stadium. With our audio headsets, you can look around the stadium in 9 different languages!
If you enjoy watching films or TV shows in DVD, you are often able to change the language in the home menu. If it’s a DVD you watch regularly, you should have little difficulty understanding what’s going on. It’s also a great way to practise your listening skills.
The Premier League, Champions League, Cup competitions, other sports, news, weather, music, celebrities… all of these get reported on in other countries’ newspapers and magazines. Why not read articles about topics that interest you in other languages? It can also be interesting to see the different kind of stories each country or newspaper likes to report on. Most (if not all) foreign newspapers can be found online, so Google the likes of Marca, AS, Bild, Deutsche Welle, L’Équipe – there are loads to choose from.
Podcasts are a cheap, easy way to practise your listening skills. Whether you search on iTunes or Google, you are almost guaranteed to find something you’re interested in listening to in another language.