Foreign Language Learning Software
There are many ways to learn language & using foreign language learning software is just one. The best way for you can depend on many things including where you live, how much (if anything) you want to spend and how quickly you wish to learn. Moving Overseas Guide trys to give you unbiased information & advice on the different methods & where appropriate give you links to where you can find foreign language learning software, books, online courses & language exchange programs. Some of these are even free !
A combination of the following learning methods is likely suit you best. Click on the links below or Page Down to jump to that section:
Foreign Language Learning Software
Foreign language learning software courses include:
Textbooks with cassettes or CDs
Examples of this type of course include the Teach Yourself series and the Routledge Colloquials series. The Teach Yourself courses tend to focus on fairly formal language and are available for a wide range of languages, while the Colloquials include more recorded material and focus more on informal spoken language.
All audio courses
Pimsleur language courses are the best known audio courses. They are very good at teaching you authentic pronunciation and a manageable amount of vocabulary. They give you a good feel for the language you're learning. The Level 1 courses are suitable for complete beginners. More advanced courses are also available for some languages.
Before our trip to Greece, Lorraine & I used a free greek language course provided by Kypros-Net in collaboration with the CyBC to teach the modern Greek language online. A great way to get a taster for a language before going to a new country & can be accessed instantly from their website.
The main advantage of classroom learning over foreign language learning software is that you'll have a teacher or tutor to provide you with instruction, support and feedback and with whom to practice your language. You will study with others who are at similar level so you can compare notes with them and help each other. Formal courses help you to structure your studies. I (Pete) am learning Turkish at a local schools evening class & find it very useful.
If you can find a course in the language(s) you want to learn in your country this is quite a good way to study. A variety of courses are usually available, including part-time and full-time courses, short intensive courses and courses leading to qualifications. The first place to look is your local education authority.
The main disadvantage of studying abroad is the cost, not just of your course, but also of your accommodation, food and travel. This can work out considerably more than you'd spend studying a language in your own country.Online courses
If you cannot find a suitable taught course in your area and are unable to spare the time to study abroad, you could consider online courses. There are plenty to choose from in a wide range of languages. Many are free but some you have to pay for. Some of the paid ones provide support from tutors via email, chat programs, video conferencing, telephone or even face to face. Kwintessential, one such supplier of Online courses say "Online language lessons are revolutionising the language learning industry as e-learners continue to give positive feedback. Online language tuition is designed to offer the quality and attention of a face-to-face private language lessons yet offers learners the opportunity to do so in their own time."
Classroom learning is not for everyone however - some people don't feel comfortable in a classroom environment and prefer to study at their own pace and when it suits them. If this is the case with you, why not try using foreign language learning software ?
A good way to practice and improve your L2 is to find a language exchange partner. This is someone who speaks your L2 and wants to learn your L1. Language exchange works best when both partners have roughly an intermediate level in their L2.
Language exchange is also a great way to meet people and make new friends. Click on the links below to help you find a language echange partner.
Polyglot - find a language exchange partner to practise what you've learned using foreign language learning software
My Language Exchange - A Language exchange community
Friends Abroad - helps people interested in learning languages get in touch with others with similar interests all over the world:
Language Buddy - helps you find language exchange partners or penpals to enhance the use of your foreign language learning software
Learn by osmosis - become immersed in the language.
Some people pick up foreign languages without studying or using foreign language learning software, by being immersed in an environment where nobody speaks your 1st language. This is a bit like being thrown in at the deep end. Unless you also use other methods as described above, you may well sink instead of swimming !
Other Useful Resources
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Manisa Turkish -- This free site provides all you need to know about learning to speak Turkish. An ideal resource to supplement whatever other method you are using to learn Turkish. Explore it thoroughly - you will not be disappointed !
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