Apart from the physical act of learning a foreign language, which involves a multitude of thinking processes, the active or efficient listening of that language is very important.
This thinking process involves listening to a person who speaks in the language that you study while having access to the meaning of the words used. Conversation with a native speaker of the language of study is another method of efficient listening. You need to find a patient person, who can explain the more difficult expressions or words and have the appropriate means and methods for your level of study.
Most free and up-to-date study materials can only be found on YouTube. This phenomenon already holds the monopoly in terms of access to information for a few years. This also applies to the study of foreign languages. Obviously, the first advantage is the fact that it is free. Secondly, YouTube offers a huge number of different videos.
Furthermore, those who post on YouTube usually read the comments of people studying the respective language and, as a consequence, they will be sensitive to learners’ opinions, trying to provide solutions to the encountered issues. Interactivity is the key in this case, creating communities of learners who appreciate one teacher or another.
After choosing one or several teachers, you can create a playlist of your favorite videos and listen to them until you get to learn them. The most useful videos when studying foreign languages are those that give you the right energy, the appropriate level of study and do not take too long.
As a beginner, you can start with the history of that language, its important features, the related languages, the geography and the culture of that country. Then you should listen to the spoken language until you get used to it and should study the meaning of the words, simultaneously with the active listening. Look for several favorite songs in your studied language. YouTube is helping by adding up to this study base. Here you can find dialogue, vocabulary, grammar rules applied at different levels, all based on active listening.