The best way to absorb a foreign language is to get continuous exposure.
Create an immersion environment.
No problem when you’re traveling. But easier said than done at home. Where do you go to get into full immersion mode?
My favorite place online to get immediate immersion is YouTube. Hours and hours of quality free content in the language of your choice (and with subtitles, if you’re lucky!). Plus, this kind of content wasn’t made for language learners. We’re talking about content made by natives FOR natives. So no unnatural robotic slow voice. No weird sentences no one ever uses!
In this post, I’m going to tell you exactly how you too can find YouTube channels in a language of your choosing. There are three methods I use to find foreign native content:
Method 1: The trending trick
- Go to youtube.com
- At the bottom of the page, choose the country of your choice as your location.
- On the top right of the page, click on “Trending.”
You now have a page of the trending videos in the country you just chose.
Method 2: The socialite
- Go to socialblade.com
- Click on “Top lists” and then “Top 250 from United States.”
- On the left, choose your country under “Top 250 by country.”
You now get a list of the most popular YouTubers in the country you picked.
Method 3. The neighbor strategy
This method can only be used once you’ve already found YouTubers you like in your target language.
- Go to the homepage of a YouTuber you like (in your target language).
- On the right, there are usually two lists: First, friends and personal recommendations from this YouTuber. Then a second list, generated by YouTube, of other YouTubers with similar content.
The Kevin Bacon strategy
It may take a while before you find content you actually enjoy watching. But keep exploring, you never know. Did you know that any two YouTubers are six or fewer acquaintance links apart on YouTube?
Yeah, me neither.
YouTube is indeed full of surprises…