Post # 1
I’ve been overseas for a while and have yet to learn the local language….technically I can read it and know basics but everyone speaks English so it’s not a necessity. There are classes taught on base but the last one filled up before I could register. I know someone who went to a community college of sorts and did an immersion session and now speaks the language fluently.
So I was gonna sign up for the next class but I’m starting a FT job in a week so it’s out of the question….
Any suggestions for a good online site or software program???
Post # 3
I don’t know about online, but I did learn a great deal of Spanish with an audio program – I would put the CD in my car every time I used it and go through the learning sessions. It was a good way to be productive, since it didn’t eat up my free time. Sorry I can’t be more useful, I can’t remember the name of the program… but I wanted to throw the audio learning suggestion in there.
Post # 6
I used http://www.byki.com/ for a while which was a great help, and also kid programs and books. Sentence structure is simple. The mistake a lot of adults do when learning a language is to try and analyze why something is like it is, instead of just accepting it as one of life’s facts. I couldn’t get my head around the fact in Greek that to say “I was going to take a shower” I had to say “I will be making a shower”. Another is expecting perfection from themselves straight away from when they start to learn a language.
In your situation, I would ask people you know (local shop keepers etc..) to not speak English to you because you’re trying to learn theri language, if they don’t stop, just reply to them in the language you’re trying to learn, eventually they get the hint and begin to help you along. Don’t be worried about making mistakes either – it is perfectly fine – your brain will slowly fix things naturally. What language are you trying to learn?
Post # 7
I’m trying to learn German. I have a friend that took a 10 week class and then went to restaurant to order food and messed it up royally. I don’t throw away our “mailers” but look at them and try to associate the words with the pictures. Plus I browse the local stores trying to associate pictures and words….like a little kid would.
I turned down the FT job b/c of our travel schedule and took a PT one. All of the women there are German but married to Americans so they speak both fluently. They’ve talked to me about teaching me stuff little by little. Just being around them I’m learning more about the culture.
@Cariad: My goal would be to attempt to not speak any English while out but there are soooo many Americans in our area that EVERYONE speaks English…plus I was told they prefer to speak English b/c they get the practice!
Post # 8
Try The Rosetta Stone, that worked great for me!
Post # 9