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Laura Homs
Professional Teacher
5 ways to combine movement and exercise with language learning

Some people believe that we can improve our learning process by moving. There is, for instance, the so-called Kinesthetic Learning, that is fully based on this concept. I’m not an expert in this field, but I do believe from my experience that combining movement with learning can be beneficial. It can also help us to manage our time better: if we have one free hour, we can work out and learn a language at the same time.

In this article I would like to suggest different ways to do so, which have personally been beneficial to me. Why not try them out? Or maybe share other ones that have worked out for you.

Go jogging while listening to music or a podcast in the foreign language of your choice. According to your level, you can opt for adapted versions or original ones. Even if you are a beginner, it can help you get used to the sound of the language.

Go for a walk with your tandem partner.
You will move while talking in the foreign language. If you have good internet on your phone, you can try it out with an italki-tandem.

Do yoga or other exercises on a mat while watching a conference (or a series, the news…).
For instance, while preparing for the B2 test in French I used to listen to C1 exam material available in youtube.

A long time ago I also used to attend regularly a Body balance class in English and I still remember some phrases that got “stuck” in my head (for instance, “wiggle your fingers and your toes”, at the end of the class).

Do you have a WII or similar console that you use to exercise? Why not switching the main language?
Some years ago, as I had a B1 in German, I switched the language of my Wii Fit to German and so, as I exercised, I improved my listening comprehension.

Enrol in a theatre group or improvisation group in the foreign language you are learning. Ok, this one might not be available for everyone. But if not, why not creating it with some friends who are learning the same language? While I was living in Berlin I entered an “improvisation group” but I must admit it was really hard, because I was the only foreigner. Even though I had a good level, improvising was really challenging. So, from my experience, I would recommend a designed “theatre course to learn a specific language”. Those initiatives can be easily found or created in big cities. You will move, make new friends and improve your language skills.

Do you know other ways to combine movement with language learning? Do you think that they are effective?

Sep 4, 2016 11:24 AM
Comments · 1

Yes, these are some effective and easy way to learn the languages.By engaging ourselves in this kind of activities and trying to learn our target language by simply talking with our friend or native friends will surely a bonus point for us as firstly,it will remove our nervousness and make us more familiar and confident to speak in that language without hesitation.

There are so many this kind of easy and reliable approaches which we can try to learn our target language.For example,when we are alone or feeling boring,we can try some language learning sites like Duolingo or Memrise and it is fun to learn.Or maybe we can try some songs of our language translated to our target language and go buzzing of our own.I know not all are the good singer but who wants to be one.We just can sing for our own,no matter how bad we are at this.but surely it can help us at least learning the pronunciation and we can easily understand the native speaker.

Please correct me if I'm wrong somewhere.Thank you:)

September 4, 2016
Laura Homs
Language Skills
Catalan, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Learning Language