Improving your language skills
- By: Tiago Villanueva
Going on an elective often drives medical students to learn a foreign language. Classroom based teaching or self study books are effective ways to learn, and resources on the internet have evolved as credible learning tools. They have unique assets of their own; they are almost always free, and they allow an unprecedented degree of interactivity—for example, being able to listen to an audio sample as many times as you need until you get the pronunciation right. You also choose to spend as little or as much time as you want.
Spanish (Castellano) is a really important language for medics who want to go to Latin America or Spain. Check out www.studyspanish.com; the site is extremely versatile because you can learn not only through comprehensive grammar or pronunciation tutorials, but also through verb drills, words of the day, idiom generators, and so on. Additionally, the site even gives explanations on