Is Technology Screwing Up Your English?

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We all know the advantages of technology when it comes to language learning. YOU’RE USING IT NOW! But have you ever considered the disadvantages?

You see, technology has allowed us to learn languages much more easily. Everything is accessible, literally at the tip of our fingers. The flip side of it is it has made us dependent. We sometimes don’t try to figure things out on our own, and then – they don’t stick or sink in. Why? Because we were on autopilot, we haven’t created those important new connections in our brain. We didn't TRAIN our brain to remember the meaning of that word, its pronunciation, or even how to use it in a sentence.

How do you avoid that? First, you need to be aware of this trap. Then, you need to have a better system for remembering new things.

In this episode I’ll talk about how to be more aware, and what to do so you can enjoy the advantages of technology – .and what to do so you can enjoy the advantages of the technology, without letting the disadvantages stop you from learning.

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8 Comments on “Is Technology Screwing Up Your English?”

  1. You are absolutely right as usual. As a teacher I see this problem every day. I mean pupils today, they are on autopilot all the time! The generation of users they don`t need to switch on their brains…. just click and get a result.

  2. Thank you so much Hadar for explaining so well. I was doing the same thing of remembering a new words few times and then forgetting.
    I learnt 1 new word with you “diligent” and now the other word that I will learn is “Stupendous ”
    Much love ?

  3. Dear Hadar ! Thank you for the video which is superb an wise. First, technology isn’t undoubtedly necessary. Consider, how do toddlers and little kids acquire their native language just by communicating with their family and with their environment. This communication is even not verbal. (See, Konrad Lorenz about Helen Keller in his Book: “The other side of Mirror.”) On the second hand, overusing the technical gadgetry available today may inhibit the attachment of new words, concepts in the memory. In addition, recapturing a loosely associated word (and concept) from the memory may be inhibited. That might lead to stacking up words while talking, so inhibiting fluent talks. So, according to my view, everything in Hadar’s video is quite true ! Thank you for it !

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