How ChatGPT Can Help You Become Fluent In A New Language


How ChatGPT Can Help You Become Fluent In A New Language ChatGPT Plus gives you access to GPT-4 and other premium features.

GPT-4 is the successor to GPT-3 and has access to more parameters, a better understanding of context, and enhanced problem-solving skills. It turns out that it’s also quite good for learning a new language.

Whether you want to improve your French-speaking skills or pick up some German, GPT-4 is surprisingly capable. It can help you build your vocabulary, learn grammar and syntax, and even learn a bit about culture.

1. What’s the Best Place to Start?

Naturally, we started by asking ChatGPT about the best place to start and how it can help. ChatGPT recommends that you set clear goals, learn vocabulary in context, listen to and mimic native speakers, and take notes. All of this is solid advice.

It continues by saying that it can help answer questions about grammar and pronunciation, recommend resources, and offer cultural insights. ChatGPT can also provide simple translations. This structures our learning approach better: we now know exactly what we need to ask from ChatGPT during our course of learning a language.

It’s important to keep in mind that you pick a language that’s relatively easy to learn. English speakers find learning languages such as Mandarin, Russian, and Japanese hard. While ChatGPT can write in all languages, you’re better off getting a tutor if you want to nail the pronunciation and overall fluency for the more complex languages.

2. Building Your Vocabulary

Expanding your vocabulary is a good place to start when you’re trying to learn a new language. You want to learn how to pronounce common words and understand how/why they are used in various situations. As you can imagine, GPT-4’s conversational skills can easily handle this process.

We asked ChatGPT to help us in building our French vocabulary. To be more specific, we told ChatGPT about our proficiency in French and that we wanted recommendations for common words used in daily life. It quickly gave us a list of 20 common words and phrases and their meanings.

An interesting thing of note is that it also explained the pronunciation of each word. This is because we specified that we wanted to improve our speaking skills. We gave the same prompt to GPT-3.5, and it gave us the same list but without the pronunciations.

The result shows that GPT-4 has a better understanding of context in comparison to its predecessor. This is just one of the many differences between GPT 3.5 and GPT-4.

3. Practice Conversational Skills

While learning certain words and phrases in a vacuum is good, all that practice is wasted if you don’t build conversational skills. With ChatGPT, you can hold conversations in any language you want. For example, we asked ChatGPT to talk with us in French, and the result was impressive.

ChatGPT understood our prompt immediately and gave us a sentence in French. We then responded to that sentence, and the conversation kept going from there. Throughout this conversation, it critiqued our conversational skills and provided small suggestions.

GPT-3.5 also worked well here. However, it responded with much longer responses and, at times, completely forgot to critique our writing/speaking skills. It still works, but you’ll have to occasionally remind the language model about its mistakes.

4. Learn Grammar and Syntax

Grammar and syntax provide the structure and rules necessary to communicate and understand others. ChatGPT can help you learn the grammar and syntax rules by providing real-time feedback, explanations, and examples during written interactions. Since ChatGPT is all about interactivity, it does a better job here than most language-learning apps.

GPT-4 also does a great job of continuing the natural flow of conversation. Keep talking to ChatGPT, and it will point out grammatical errors. Once you understand those errors, you can continue with the conversation. Since ChatGPT learns from your conversations, the responses and critiques improve over time.

5. Personalized Tests

Quizzes and tests are a common feature of most language learning apps. It helps you to check your progress and determine your weak points. ChatGPT is quite good at creating such tests, but you must be creative with the prompts.

We asked GPT-4 to construct a language test for us in French. It crafted a beginner level-quiz, remembering that we were new to the language from the previous context.

Here’s how you can create your own personalized tests:

Specify the type of language test you want. It can be focused on vocabulary, grammar, or reading and writing.

Choose a difficulty level such as beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

Determine the test length by specifying the number of questions.

You can also set a time limit, but you’ll have to time yourself.

Select your preferred format for the test. It could be a multiple-choice, true or false, or even a traditional short question/answer format.

ChatGPT Is the Perfect Partner for Learning a New Language

The problem with language learning apps is that you often feel like you’re all on your own. This isn’t something you’ll run into when you use ChatGPT. Since it’s all about conversation and the constant back and forth, you feel like you’re discussing your issues with a partner. If you’re someone who prefers an interactive experience while learning, GPT-4 is worth checking out.