Many people have a basic knowledge of a second or a third language. They studied it in school, learned it while on holiday, or just by using it in the workplace with colleagues or clients.
Nevertheless, having a basic knowledge of a language can lead to quite a few mistakes and misunderstandings. Most of the time, taking some classes can make it possible to avoid these problems and to improve your language skills significantly. Who wouldn’t like to be in a foreign country and be able to bargain with a shopkeeper like a local would or speak to a client in his or her own language?
Learning a foreign language is not only useful for tourists or professionals. Being able express yourself in another language opens up a whole new world of opportunities. It is a way to discover a new culture, to appreciate the arts, to meet people with different points of view, and in a word, to uncover a new world.
There are many ways to learn a language. You can take classes in your own country, study at home with the help of various self study materials (CDs, books, DVDs, the Internet, etc.), and even take classes in a foreign country (probably the most efficient way, provided you avoid spending all your free time with other students that speak your native language).
The key to success in learning a foreign language is to practice it as much as possible. It doesn’t matter if you make mistakes, just ask people to correct you as you go along.
You might feel embarrassed in the beginning but the more you speak, the more you will get used to speaking the language and the more natural it will become. When you speak a foreign language, try to think in the language so that it becomes second nature.
Remember: Don’t be shy! Nobody is perfect in the beginning. Everyone will appreciate your efforts and will be happy to help you if you have trouble finding the right words to express yourself.
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- Learn Languages On-the-Go! with Langexpress. The website offers free games and visual tools to learn Spanish, French, German, Italian or Japanese faster.
- Robb: Human Languages at http://www.humanlanguages.com/
- Elgo is quite a nice website, not so much for the design, but for the quality of its information about ESL free English as a second language
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