So you want to learn a new language, but you don’t have the money or the time to invest in a semester’s worth of college classes.
No problem – technology has made inexpensive learning of almost any subject easier than ever before.
And learning a new language is a wonderful idea, particularly if you only speak the one.
After all, not only are colleges more competitive when it comes to reading, writing, or speaking more than one language but if the U.S. wants to keep up as the global community continues to expand and develop, then it isn’t a bad idea to have more than one language under your belt.
Here are five ways to learn a new language without breaking the bank:
Online — While Rosetta Stone is undoubtedly the most popular software program to help learners, it can definitely prove cost-prohibitive.
Anymore, it’s often easier to jump online and do a quick search to find websites that will help you out with whatever you’re seeking to learn.
The problem with learning by books or websites that are written only is that languages are meant to be spoken aloud, and it’s terribly easy to internalize any mistakes you might happen to make.
Learning from videos on Youtube will give you the ability to learn inflection and proper pronunciation.
Tools — That isn’t to say that you should completely abandon books.
Purchasing a dictionary in whatever language you choose to study will help you out in a pinch.
Having a grammar or study guide on hand provides you with the tools that will offer you assistance if you’re in a quick fix or need a refresher.
Music and Film — You can make the experience of learning a new language enjoyable by utilizing media that you enjoy in English.
See if you can find your favorite television shows or movies dubbed in your new language.
Or you can be brave and try out new films or shows that you might enjoy, even if you’re unfamiliar with them.
You should be able to gather the gist of what the characters are saying if you pay attention closely.
You can also listen to music in your new language.
Simply find the lyrics online and a handy translation – or better yet, translate them yourself.
Comic books — If you’re a comic book aficionado, you’ll be pleased to know that the adventures of your favorite superheroes have been translated into editions that are specially designed to help learners of a new language.
Pen pals — This one is probably the most fun option.
Find a pen pal who speaks your desired language and begin corresponding with them regularly (email is fun, but you can also write back and forth using the post office, old school style).
Communicating with an actual person who can be your friend and help you out with any questions is a valuable and fun way to learn a language.
Eventually, you’ll be able to talk with them on the telephone (or Skype for free), and if you start saving your pennies now, you can actually plan a trip to visit them someday!