(Closed) Learning a Language!?

posted 9 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Personnally, if you can take part time college classes I’d do that, that’s the best place I learned my second language.  Once you get a hang of it from the college class, you can teach yourself with one of the language book sets.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

Maybe it depends on your learning style. I know for me, the hardest part of learning new languages is speaking – so for that reason, I would recommend taking a class in person, rather than doing it online.

I took an online spanish class (through something called ed2go) that I feel like I learned a lot in, but was actually pretty useless when I visited Guatemala. It wasn’t until I took a class with an actual teacher that I was able to learn enough to be able to use the language. And thank god I did – now I’m marrying a native Spanish speaker, and I definitely need the language to communicate with his family. So I second peaches, to look for a class nearby.

Or sometimes you can find language exchanges with people wanting to practice English, if you live in a big enough and multicultural enough community. If you’ve already studied Italian I bet the nuts and bolts would come back quickly!   

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

Maybe it depends on your learning style. I know for me, the hardest part of learning new languages is speaking – so for that reason, I would recommend taking a class in person, rather than doing it online.

I took an online spanish class (through something called ed2go) that I feel like I learned a lot in, but was actually pretty useless when I visited Guatemala. It wasn’t until I took a class with an actual teacher that I was able to learn enough to be able to use the language. And thank god I did – now I’m marrying a native Spanish speaker, and I definitely need the language to communicate with his family. So I second peaches, to look for a class nearby.

Or sometimes you can find language exchanges with people wanting to practice English, if you live in a big enough and multicultural enough community. If you’ve already studied Italian I bet the nuts and bolts would come back quickly!   

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

My Fiance goes to a class offered near us.  It’s a German club so it’s free.  You just have to want to speak German!  It’s pretty cool!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I love Pimsleur’s language programs.  I listen to them in the car during commute when I need to learn a language.  But, they are really geared toward the beginner and I don’t know how advanced you are, so it may be too basic for you.  I recommend going to your library and seeing if they have any good audio programs you can check out. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Aerika, when I was talking Japanese in college, I learned the most by hanging out with the Japanese students. Maybe you can find a group event to join and hang out with either natives or other people trying to learn the language? There’s a ton of those groups on http://www.meetup.com.

I’m trying to learn French. I have Rosetta Stone as well as learn Frence on a CD (I listen to this when I had a long commute) but neither has worked very well with me. I think you have to have some sort of a basic understanding of the language to use those. I’ll probably take a class as I learn the best in a classroom environment.

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