Learning Languages on TikTokMay 18, 2021 Leave your thoughts
Who thought we’d get to a point? The famous dancing, singing and lip sync app that took Gen Z by storm is being repurposed by more diverse audiences. A lot of this is thanks to lockdown and people getting creative around the world. Now learning languages on TikTok is a thing and let me show you what I mean.
How it all started
Remember the first lockdown of 2020? My 12-year old daughter asked if she could instal TikTok on her phone. Having worked in social media for over a decade I knew I had to find out more first.
I agreed to install TikTok on my phone and that we would look at it together. My daughter lead the way in showing me what the app was all about. It was a great learning and teaching role reversal. An interesting thing for parents and kids to do to break down generation barriers. But that’s not today’s story…
Silly dances and lip synching
Your first view of TikToK is the FYP (which stands for For You Page). It hits you when you open the app. It is full of regional TikTokers doing their thing. You scroll up to continue to the next video and it feel like a barrage of singing, dancing and silly pranks.
Narrowing it down
After three weeks of playing with TikTok with my daughter I started getting into it myself as different, more my type of TikTokers, started appearing on my FYP. The game changer for me was when I started following language-related TikTokers. Could language learning on TikTok be a thing? This was in my mind already. I have to admit that it all felt quite random, but I stuck with it.
More and more Language TikTokers
Over the last year more and more language TikTokers have started appearing on the app. This is a great turn of events. Some I knew from other social media channels, but most of them were brand new faces to the language learning community.
Learning Languages on TikTok
I talked about my TikTok experiences during one of my Lives too. It was linked to something I wrote here about using social media for language learning. This is something I have done actively to find Content in Korean.
Speed up an FYP that has more language content for you!
I have put together quite a large list of the people I follow at the moment. The more you follow, the more your FYP will show you similar content.
If you come across any stars I have not yet found, please do let me know in the comments. I would love to follow more and more of them and have them here for other people to find more easily.
The platform is getting very busy now, so we need to support out TIkTok language community by promoting Language TukToker amongst ourselves.
If you would like to see my language learning content on there, then please do follow me on TIkTok too! I need a bit of a push to start making more videos on it!
English (C2+ creators are interesting for first language-level speakers too):
https://www.tiktok.com/@knoxstudy?lang=en (up to C2+ level)
https://www.tiktok.com/@mediumnoah? (up to C2+ level)
https://www.tiktok.com/@failedviner?lang=en (up to C2+ level)
https://www.tiktok.com/@robwords?lang=en (up to C2+ level)
https://www.tiktok.com/@jesszafarris?lang=en (up to C2+ level)
https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl?lang=en (up to C2+ level)
https://www.tiktok.com/@kavitalks?lang=en (up to C2+ level)
https://www.tiktok.com/@hinthorn?lang=en (up to C2+ level)
https://firstname.lastname@example.org?lang=en (in Russian)
https://www.tiktok.com/@antonioparlati?lang=en (in Italian + Other languages)
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This post was written by Richard