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One of my students, Federico, uses a car navigation system to find his way around the streets of his own country in English. Over the last few weeks he has been using the sat nav in English to help him improve his foreign language skills. Sat navs are GPS controlled devices that read aloud navigational instructions to the driver. The device references satellites to track where the car is and so is able to give directions according to the car’s exact location. Some allow you to change the language and Federico has changed his to English even though he is using it in his native Italy. Interestingly, he is able to recall the exact phrases he had learned, such as “bear right” and “take the third exit at the roundabout”. Clearly this approach has worked well, so it is worth pondering on why using a sat nav system seems to help learn a foreign language.