from my phone
I am forever searching for a new vegan recipe. Not that I am a vegan since I know I can never achieve the status of not eating eggs, turkey slice for sandwiches, or Campbell chicken noodle soup at all. However what I can do is reducing animal products in my diet to the minimum. And doing this requires me to search for new recipes all the time because not having meat (or having very little meat) in my daily diet has made the food quite boring and the taste quite bland. In order to spice up my interest in food, I have to go out to search for new recipes to boost my spirit. Recently I’ve experimented with a new recipe with “Just Egg”, cauliflower, and tofu. And it is delicious.
And learning a language is equally boring and often we have to go out to search for new tools to aid our language learning. Fortunately there are a lot of online videos and AI tools nowadays to aid us in this task. I’ve recently found several new tools:
From A Picture
The google translator app is a wonderful tool. It can turn on the cell phone’s camera, take a picture, and translate the picture for you immediately. This tool has made my reading of weekly Spanish newspaper “Latinos Unidos”, “El Especialito” much easier. They are two of the locally distributed community newspapers that one can pick up for free in Asian grocery stores.
One of the good things about these Spanish newspapers is that they love big pictures and less words. It is such a pleasure to read them when they don’t have so many words since I read sooooo slow. In contrast, the newspapers of Asian language varieties are cluttered with words and scarcely any pictures. I guess there must be some cultural differences there.
Try to Write on Screen
The google translator app also allows one to write on the screen, which is a great way for practicing handwriting. Since I don’t use pen and paper anymore, the only way I can practice writing is on the phone or computer screen.
Test The Pronunciation
The google translator app can record what you say and translate them. This is a great way to practice pronunciation. However the app I downloaded into my cell phone doesn’t work very well in this aspect unfortunately, but the google translator on my computer works very well.
Forever Searching For New Videos
I am at the awkward stage of finding basic Spanish videos very boring while not being able to understand more advanced stuff. And one way to get over the boredom is to searching for new videos. I mean searching for a new video, watching it for a minute before abandoning it seems to be an entertainment, like those people who flip TV channels for fun.
And there are several tricks in searching for new videos
- game show: if you like game shows, you may search for game shows in the language you want to learn. Also game show repeat a lot of sentences, which are wonderful for language learners.
- food show or animal show: I like food shows and animal shows, and this is why I am often searching for a new video among these shows.
- vlog: searching for the most suitable vlog is not really easy, but I recently find a strategy. Type “50 things about me” into YouTube in the language you want to learn. In Spanish, it will be “50 cosas sobre mí”. There will be a list of video bloggers coming up, each talking about themselves. This way you have a list of video bloggers in your hand and you can watch each one to see who speaks slowly and clearly while using simple words and phrases.
Google Chrome has the capacity of providing two subtitles in different languages. So I heard, but I’ve never tried. I am a little lazy.