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February 14, 2012 10:21 AM Subscribe
Best (and preferably cheapest!) way to learn a foreign language?
posted by PeppahCat to Writing & Language (32 answers total) 119 users marked this as a favorite
In high school, I had three years of French (with the two MOST amazing teachers possible) and two years of German (one of the French teachers also taught German), as well as two years of Spanish (horrible teachers!) and two years of community college-level intro Spanish. I have lost my French and German notes from high school, which I intentionally kept as they were incredibly helpful, and I've recently decided I want to re-learn and possibly become fluent in a foreign language. I've always had a good ear when it comes to learning languages, but immaturity in high school and early college kept me from wanting to learn these things to the fullest extent and now that I've got free time, I want to better myself and learn something new!
What are some great ways you can learn a language? Not possible: traveling to a country which speaks said language, or anything very costly (unemployed and broke here!). I've tried to find some stuff via Google but most results are not useful as they're pushing a product which I've no idea if it works or not. I've heard mixed reviews of Rosetta Stone, and not really any info on other related products. Are there online things/tools/etc. that are fantastic (and not just generic question/answer stuff geared toward tourists)? Are there books I can get via the library or read online? Should I just audit some classes at the local university, or is there something I've not thought of yet? Merci, gracias, and Danke!