Get language input with social media

If you’re like me, you waste too much time on Facebook. Why not redeem some of that time by using it to learn language? I’ve recently “followed” (the technical Facebook term) two Facebook web pages.

What that means it that I get a steady stream of Afghan jokes and news stories in my Facebook news feed. The jokes provide fun language practice and a little cultural input. (They are written in Persian script, but with colloquial pronunications, so that is stretching.) The news stories come up in English, Dari, and Pashtu, so I can either struggle through the Dari, or at least understand the content by reading the English. (Here’s a resource for learning to read news stories, by the way.)

I’m sure there are lots of other good Facebook pages as well; these are just two that I stumbled upon. Follow a few for yourself, and you’ll be sure to get fresh language input, even if you’re just wasting time!