How to Use Twitter to Learn English
Are you a big fan of social media? If you’re thinking of learning English online, then Twitter might be the best place to start!
Here are some top tips on how to use Twitter to learn English:
- There is a 140 character limit on Twitter. This means everyone writes in short sentences. Reading short sentences is a great way of practicing your reading skills on a regular basis.
- As Twitter is used every minute of the day, new words and trends will always be evolving, which means you will constantly see new words being used. In time, your vocabulary will increase.
- On Twitter, you only have to follow accounts that you’re interested in. This makes reading easier, as will be reading topics that genuinely interest you.
- This also means that you can follow people who also want to learn English, or people that teach English as a foreign language. You can engage in conversation with them and start your own communities using hashtags.
What are hashtags?
- Twitter users use the hashtag symbol to categorize tweets. These tweets show up more easily in Twitter search.
- Clicking on a word with a hashtag on any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keywords.
- Hashtags can be placed anywhere in the Tweet – at the beginning, middle, or end.
Which hashtags are useful for English language learners?
#adulted: a hashtag for tweets about adult education.
EFL/ESL: Tweets about learning and teaching English as a second or foreign language.