Language learning is a lengthy process. Some tips when it comes to learning is using social media to help your journey. There are numerous Twitter accounts to follow out there, with people behind them that can aid you when it comes to learning a language. Regularly seeing your timeline filled with a different language other than English can help you to slowly build your confidence and begin to understand different words and phrases. They don’t have to be specifically related to language learning. But just absorbing information through tweets in another language will help you to improve your skills. This article contains a list of a few language Twitter for you to follow if you’re learning a language for your future career. Or even your current one.
@LeMondeFr – One of France’s top news outlets. Provides articles and information about French politics, healthcare, and lifestyle. Helpful to keep up with the news, while learning formal language skills.
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@Melania_Pijuan – Run by a French student documenting her language learning experience. Sharing her own simple tips on her account and helping to integrate the French language into the daily lives of her followers.
@ParleFrancais – A helpful yet straightforward language-learning experience on Twitter. This is a useful Twitter account to follow as it offers bite-sized vocabulary lessons. It also contains helpful cultural explainers from time to time and a good starting point for the beginner.
@GadElmaleh – Gad Elmaleh is a French-Moroccan comedian and actor with a huge online following. Once dubbed the funniest man in France, his Twitter account is definitely worth a follow if you’re into good humour. Follow him for a taste of French comedy here and there.
@LearnXDGerman – Geared towards the German language learners, this helpful account will tweet phrases and sentences in German, and then follow up with the translated English version a few minutes later. They also have a free German course.
@DerSpiegel – A German news magazine known for investigative journalism and uncovering many political scandals such as the Spiedel scandal in 62 and the Flick affair in the 80’s. Der Spiegel is known to be one of Europe’s most influential magazines.
@SlowGerman – The official Twitter account for the Slow German podcast, perfect for beginner German learners. They tweet out videos of their German podcast, where each episode is quite short and is spoken very slowly so that the learners are able to keep up. The topics include culture, society and history. You can also read along to the text or download it as a PDF on their website.
@Aus_der_UBahn – Describes himself as a local public transport person, he spends long hours on Hamburg’s underground compiling quotes of his fellow passengers. Quips about the journey and musings of general life.
@SpanishDict – The largest free Spanish learning platform, they have a helpful #wordofday hashtag and regularly tweet out pictures with definitions of phrases and everyday sentences.
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@CNNEE – A well known and popular news outlet in numerous countries around the world. Keep up to date with the current events in Spain and around the world. Consuming news in the language you’re learning is a great way to improve your reading comprehension skills, whilst also giving you a glimpse into the political and cultural aspects of other countries.
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@SpanishVocvoc – A great Spanish Twitter account to follow for daily vocabulary words. They tweet out one Spanish word, expression or sentence every day and you have to click the link in the tweet to get the English translation.
@RadioAmbulante – Using podcasts is a great way to learn, as it improves your listening skills. Radio Ambulante is the best when it comes to Spanish podcasts, and its Twitter account is a great one to follow. You can start by decoding each tweet which is in Spanish, it’s normally the description of the week’s podcast episode, and after that if you’re still interested listen to the podcast.
@LearnEnglish_BC – This is a great Twitter account for learning English from The British Council. They share a whole array of free online resources and interactive stories for their audience. What’s also a nice addition is that the majority of their tweets have articles attached so you can also work on your reading.
@EnglishTips4U – This is a free English learning portal. You can regularly interact with them through lessons where you can ask English speakers whatever questions or concerns you may have. They also have competitions to win a free IELTS test, language books and more.
@CambridgeWords – This is a great Twitter account to follow as it’s run by the Cambridge Dictionary. They post words everyday and include them in a sentence so you get the proper context and understanding. This is a really useful account for people who already have quite good English, but want to boost their vocabulary and learn some more unusual words and phrases.
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@English247 – This account has lots of free online English lessons, courses and word games that help boost your vocabulary, they also provide ESOL lessons.
Italian with Susanna
@ItalyConsusanna – A native Italian speaker and a literature graduate, she regularly tweets lists of vocabulary, interesting idioms and expressions and other interesting facts to deepen your knowledge. She also responds to any questions her followers might have, and also provides online lessons for beginners and advanced learners.
Italian & Art with Nicco – Dite!
@DiteNicco – Nicco, a professional teacher of Italian as a foreign language, has a wonderfully unique approach to teaching on Twitter. He shares a work of art daily and along with it an Italian word that encapsulates the work and the English translation. He also has a website filled with useful resources and exercises designed to improve your language skills.
my Italian Circle
@MyItalianCircle The Twitter and YouTube account for My Italian Circle is run by Anna who is a language teacher and Diana a translator. Their tweets and videos cover a variety of topics from Italian vocabulary, phrases, grammar and pronunciation perfect for both beginners and advanced learners. Also their content is free, and you can choose to support their Patreon.
@ItalianPills – Serena of Italian Pills is a full-time Italian Language Coach working out of Sicily. Her account is full of useful expressions, grammar points, blog posts and tips to help you on your language learning journey. She recently launched a podcast called 7 Minutes in Slow Italian which is presented at two speeds: slow and normal.
@BrunoAleixo – Getting language advice from a cartoon dog might sound strange. Bruno Aleixo is a character that started out on Portuguese television. It became famous through internet videos and memes. Now Bruno’s main occupation is a radio host. But you can also follow him on Twitter for useful language tips mixed in with humour.
Street Smart Brazil
@StSmartBrazil – If you’re specifically wanting to learn Brazilian Portuguese, this account is worth a look. They have a great range of content. They provide helpful language tips, but also resources to help you learn more about the arts, food, and Brazilian culture.
@PauloCoelho – Paulo is most well-known for his novel The Alchemist. His tweets are in both English and Portuguese. This allows those who are just starting out with the language not to get too overwhelmed depending on their level. His cultural commentary can be quite helpful written in both languages.
@RTPPT – Rádio e Televisão de Portugal which is also known as RTP is Portugal’s public radio station. It’s always a good idea to follow major news outlets. Then you’ll be receiving useful information in the language you’re trying to learn. As well as keeping up to date with information a native speaker would receive on a daily basis.
We Speak Arabic
@WeSpeakArabic – This account provides followers with basic Arabic words, phrases, and sentences. They regularly tweet out common Arabic words along with the meanings in English, perfect for someone just starting out with the language.
@ArabicLanguage – Transparent Arabic provides free language learning resources and aims to teach people Arabic through social media and research-based software. They regularly tweet out short and helpful videos with tips and tricks to help you with learning the language.
EU in Arabic
@ArabicEU – Providing EU funded Arabic courses for students and business people, created by a team of journalists. Helping people with languages and keeping up to date with news regarding the European Union
@ArabGlot – Run by an Arabic linguist named Christopher Neil, tweets a whole range of different things in English. Providing you a bunch of useful information and knowledge, from news to general humour.
@HackingChinese – A favorite among those learning Chinese, Olle regularly posts experts from his blog also named Hacking Chinese and full translations of random words and sentences. Along with humorous mistakes non native speakers are likely to make.
@WithoutDoing – Liz is an English-Chinese translator and author. While some tweets consist of her cat and bits about her life, her Twitter for the most part is dedicated to Chinese. She posts words of the day, language tips, Chinese news and Mandarin idioms and phrases.
Say it in CH
@SayitinCH – This feed is very image heavy, so it’s good if you’re just starting out with the language. They mainly post Chinese language videos, translations through images and also translate things for you if you directly message them.
@VocabChinese – Perfect account for an intermittent Mandarin learner. They regularly post a word of the day with full translations in English and deconstruct Mandarin phrases. They often promote other language learning blogs and accounts too, so you’re sure to find something that will work for you.
@JoyoKanjiKai – This is a basic Twitter account to help you learn simple words daily. They tweet out a few words a day written in Kanji and followed by an English translation.
@GhibliEnglish – This Twitter account is movie themed, so if you’re a fan of the anime Ghibli you’ll get a kick out of this. This account posts cute quotes from the movie. Posts are in the native language of the movie which is Japanese and also in English.
@Real_Eikaiwa – This account posts grammar tips and simple sentences. It’s a good way to broaden your range of Japanese expressions. Although they sometimes post ads, it’s still a useful account to follow.
@SambonJuku – Run by a Japanese author and language teacher, he tweets out helpful grammar and language tips. His Twitter is also pretty much a fan account for anime, comics and TV shows. An overall fun account to follow.
@RussianLanguage – This account is specifically for those wanting to learn the Russian language. This is the account for the company Transparent Language. The majority of posts are words of the day. Sounds simple enough but learning a word per day can help you keep on track as you’re learning the language.
No Context Russia
@Russia_NC – No context Russia is more of a joke account, which include funny images and videos and help to give you examples of casual Russian language. This can be difficult for the beginner Russian learner as no translations are included.
@BBCRussian – If you use Twitter to get your daily dose of news around the world, this account is perfect. Following official news outlets can be a great resource. I recommend the BBC as its connection to English will help you to understand the stories more easily.
@Russian_Insight – The account of a Russian learning course based in St. Petersburg, posts about their courses and tips and tricks, including facts and news about Russia all in English. You can go ahead and contact them directly if you’re interested in their courses.
So there you have it, an extensive list of Twitter accounts that you can follow during your language learning journey. Not all of them are serious accounts, some are funny and entertaining. Language learning doesn’t have to be boring, so check out some of the lighter accounts for a good laugh. If you’re interested in learning a language or need help, Learn&Co is the way. At Learn&Co you can find yourself a variety of language tutors that can assist your language learning journey.