When learning a foreign language as an adult, it is not always necessary to buy some form of expensive materials to learn a foreign language. Here are five steps to learning a foreign language inexpensively:
Find a Phrasebook
Go to your local bookstore or library, or find an online phrasebook that you feel comfortable with. It helps if the phrasebook has a ready-made list of survival words or basic expressions. You should focus on and learn these words before anything else.
Make A List of Words To Study
From your phrasebook, write a list of survival words on a 3 x 5 card. Some good choices for initial words to learn would be: hello, goodbye, where is the bathroom? Speak slowly, please, thank you, etc. After that, you might want to learn the question words: who, what, where, when, why, how and how much. You should also learn words for what you want to eat, and places to shop, visit or do business. Only put 5-10 words on each 3 x 5 card, and practice them when you have down time at the doctor, riding in a car, or waiting in line. When you learn one list, make another. You could learn 500 words or more in a year using one card a week Language of desire.
Find Some Form of Video or Audio Media
Television programs in the target language are a good start to learning the inflections, accents and intonations of another language. This gives you more visual input for interpreting facial and body language as well as gestures used in that culture. In order to learn a language, you have to begin to learn how to pick out the individual sounds in the language. An audio tape or radio program can also be useful in learning to hear the sounds of a new language. Search online for a streaming audio podcast or live radio broadcast to get started.
Practice Reading and Writing in the New Language
Even though as infants, we didn’t initially learn our own language through reading or writing, it is helpful as adults to become familiar with the printed form of a language in order to match up what we are hearing and what we are seeing. This exposure helps to cement what you are hearing through TV or audio recordings. Also, if the new language uses a different type of script than what is used in English, it is very important to learn to recognize the new symbols, and writing the new script is very helpful and can be fun, like learning a secret code.
Find a Friend Who Speaks the Language
If you can’t find someone in your local area, you can find someone online to chat with from the country that speaks the language you are learning. People from other countries are usually eager to learn English, so you can ask them to trade learning their language from them for learning English from you. This is a very nice way to learn a language since both parties have to be patient with the other person’s way of learning. Make sure you have a plan of how to proceed before you begin. Use the resources above to make your plan.
By following these five simple steps, you can be well on your way to learning any foreign language you desire to learn. Without a lot of expense involved, all it takes is motivation and self-discipline in these first steps to make much progress in very little time!