The internet has made the lives of everyone on the planet so much easier. With the click of a button one can buy any product they desire and have it delivered to their home address just as quickly. Not only this, but staying in touch has never been easier to do. With the introduction of chat websites that include a microphone and webcam enabling function, meeting new people has never been easier. Not only this, but businesses and classrooms have incorporated the use of video conferencing by LifeSize to keep in touch with clients/students who are out of the country. I have highlighted the main advantages of video conferencing for international students and hope you find these useful and interesting.
Have you ever typed to someone on the internet or on a mobile phone? Sending a message with only characters on a computer screen is much more difficult than it is to do face to face. It is far more time-consuming to type out a wall of text concerning the information you are trying to send than it is to just tell the person the same details. And if you are a native English speaker who only knows one language typing to someone who is from a non-English speaking country who is learning English, a lot can be lost in translation.
Sometimes native English speakers can get so used to using slang and figurative speech that it doesn’t come across in text to someone who is unfamiliar with those same mannerisms. Video conferencing removes this language barrier, allowing sentences to be exchanged without the otherwise unavoidable mincing of words. This is why video conferencing would help to assist in preventing misunderstandings which is why it would also be an effective tool to use when participating in student to student housing. For example, if you are a German student offering your room as you will be studying temporarily in the UK, then you may want to speak to the person you are sub-letting your room to. This is especially the case whereby you leave your furniture and other belongings at home. Video conferencing would help getting to know each other in a more personal manner, as opposed to simply writing each other e-mails or chatting with each other.
Learning a new language
I believe this is an advantage of video conferencing that is much overlooked. There is something about learning a language that is made much easier by actually hearing the language. This would explain why someone spending a year in France will pick up the language much faster than someone who spends that same amount of time in the classroom learning it. This is because learning the language is easier when it is relevant. Talking to native speakers of English would make learning the language a little easier to learn. This is because languages are much easier to learn when they are being used in context and with the quirks that only an accent can provide. Video conferencing allows this pronunciation to shine through in a way missed if the message is merely typed out.
Considering student to student housing is a great service mostly offered to international students, international students can already start learning the language when meeting the person who is sub-letting their room to you, in a video call.
We found a funny and informative video for all students interested in an Erasmus exchange to Granada. Listen to some information about Granada with it’s many Universities, Erasmus exchange students, insides on where to party and information about housing in Spain.
Watch the video here.
Would you like to prepare for your Erasmus trip to Spain and learn some basic Spanish before you leave? Or are you simply into languages and want to add the sweet sound of España to your repertoire?
Here’s your chance to learn the first lessons of basic communication skills in Sapnish right there in front of your computer. LinguaTV teaches you with comprehensive video tutorials everything you need to know to get started with speaking Spanish!
If you want to know what the lady is trying to tell you in this short introduction video, start a test lesson of the basic Spanish vocabulary course here!
Are you preparing your Erasmus stay abroad and are still a little worried about the level of your new home’s language? You just can’t quite get the full meaning of the university course descriptions, or are stuck with reading through the foreign information websites?
We are happy to serve you a solution to your language problems!
Erasmate has teamed up with LinguaTV to now offer you video-based language courses to help you with your Erasmus preperations. We have chosen the award winning online courses from LinguaTV to provide you with the most efficient way of learning English, French, German or Spanish (and much more to come!).
Check out the selection of all available online language courses on Erasmate! And be fast – the first 50 Erasmate users get a 10% discount on their course registration!!
A couple of months ago, we started our Erasmate Tag ‘n Fly competition. Every few days, we uploaded a new photo of a European city to our Facebook page and asked our fans to tag their mates.
By doing so, they got the chance to win one of 3 prizes: an Erasmate shirt, a Lonely Planet travel guide, and as grant prize a flight voucher to the city they were tagged in!
We have now drawn the winners and published the announcement video. If you participated in the competition, check out now if you are a winner, or just watch the video to enjoy some Erasmate fun: watch video!
We would like to share how we experienced the 18th of May. The day that we pitched Erasmate to a jury of 5 members including demissionair minister of Finance of The Netherlands, Jan Kees de Jager.
Getting the task to explain the most relevant things of your business in one minute sounds easier than it eventually is. What to tell and what not? How do you start and how do you finish? Choosing the right vocabulary to impress, how to put focus on specific items and keeping your story interesting. These were some of the tasks during our preparation. Read more »
Over the past week we have made two promotional video’s. The first video gives a general overview of what Erasmate does; the second promotional video gives you an insight into the application process for an Erasmus programme and problems that might occur.
Do you think you can do better than this or are you just interested in making another nice promo video for Erasmate? Contact us!