Pinguistics: Using Pinterest to Learn a Language Posted by meaghan on Nov 26, 2014 in Archived Posts
Many of you are probably already pinning away on Pinterest, a social media network in the form of an online pinboard. From recipes, hairstyle ideas, DIY crafts, and workout tutorials to frivolous puppy pictures, Pinterest has something for everyone. That includes you, language learners. If you haven’t considered it before, curating a Pinerest board centered around your language of interest is a fun (even addicting, I admit) way to stay engaged when you don’t feel like doing something dense or tedious.
When I don’t feel like reading the French news or cracking open a textbook, you can probably find me pinning up a storm on my Pinterest board, lovingly named Francophilia. But what, exactly, is there to be found on this platform? Here’s an inside look at my board, if you need some inspiration:
Speaking of inspiration, Pinterest is a great source of it! My board is full of all things French that make me want to learn the language more than ever. There’s nothing like some stunning photos of the shores of Nice, the mountains of Grenoble, the quaint lanes of Colmar, and the bustling cafes of Paris to rejuvenate my desire to learn French. Perusing Pinterest for inspiration just might remind why you’re putting in the effort to learn another language.
If you’re lucky enough to be heading abroad to put your language skills to use, Pinterest can be your guide. More than inspiration, these destination pins can help you plan your itinerary (or your bucket list, if it’s a little further off).
It’s not all fantasies, of course. Pinterest is a great source for learning materials, too! Search for vocabulary—I’m always impressed at how fun learning vocabulary can be when it’s presented to me in a fun visual, like the ones below. Beyond simple vocabulary, Pinterest is a mecca for authentic language, from quotes to idioms to slang.
Best of all, you can add your own pins. If you find a blog post you particularly enjoy (maybe even from one of our language and culture blogs!), you can add it as a pin.
So, if you’re not already creating language boards on Pinterest, what are you waiting for? And if you’ve beat me to the punch, share a link to your board(s) in the comments. I’d love to see what you’re all pinning!