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I don't have twitter and I never planned to have it... but recently there are many people who seem to say they use twitter for language exposure.
If you use twitter, do you use it for language learning? How do you do it? Would it be worth to get an account just for this reason? Is it possible to follow tweets in your dreamwidth reading list (and without being subscribed to twitter)? Who are you following?

Tell me all about it, also if you're not liking twitter and why.

Date: 2010-05-10 12:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jaybee65
I use Twitter, and I follow a number of newspapers/celebrities/etc. (singers and musicians in particular) who post in my target language. I find that it's a good way to get exposure to some colloquial language.

Every twitter account has its own RSS feed, so I suppose you could add those feeds to your Dreamwidth reading list that way. However, I find that I prefer using Twitter itself (or better yet, one of the third-party applications like Tweetdeck). That way, I can just run Tweetdeck when I'm in the mood to see a stream of tweets, and shut it off when I'm busy with other things. I don't think I would like to clutter up my Dreamwidth reading list with a zillion 140-character posts. (I follow a lot of people, though, so you might not have the same issue I do with that.)

Date: 2010-05-10 02:25 am (UTC)
ajnabieh: Protesters in Times Square, holding a banner reading "New York To Gaza" in front of a neon McDonalds. (gaza)
From: [personal profile] ajnabieh
I hadn't thought of this, but it strikes me as a really good idea--if (like me) you're short on vocabulary, the hurdle of working through 140 characters rather than a whole blog post/news article/whatever else is much lower, and yet you feel accomplished at the end of it!

That said, it might be better for a light refresher/reminder/reactivator than for serious language learning--tweets tend to be casual and informal.

Not twitter, but other online sources for finding natural texts for practice: Depending on what your language of choice is, do you read Global Voices? It's an international blog aggregator; I follow the Middle Eastern region, and they follow blogs in a couple of languages, and sometimes post translations, so there are bilingual texts available.

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