Speaking other languages is a great asset. From being able to communicate with more people, to getting a new job to to having secret conversations in public, it’s incredibly useful. And here are three ways to learn any language for free.
Lingq is a fantastic tool. With a bank of over 26 languages including Chinese, Spanish and Arabic, it has a library of texts in each language at every difficulty level- from beginner to native speaker. And these texts are assorted according to different subjects from literature and science to everyday conversations. If you don’t understand a word or phrase, simply click on it, and on the side you’ll have a translation. What’s more, there is an audio file of each text from a native speaker that you can even reduce to half-speed to better hear pronunciation. And all this with the free version! Spend just an hour a day with this tool, and you’ll find you’re able to speak your target language very quickly.
2) Speak with Other Learners
Nerves are among the greatest challenges of speaking a new language. The only way to get over them, is to simply speak. And speaking with other learners is ideal. Not only will you feel less self-conscious about “butchering” the language, making you feel more confident to experiment; non-natives will most likely also speak slower and enunciate their words more carefully. There’s no excuse not to try this out. In case there are no people around you also learning your language, you can find them online with sites like italki or busuu.
3) Online Tutoring
Some people feel they need to be held responsible by a teacher, authority figure or deadline to successfully learn something new. For people like this, online tutoring from sites such as Preply is an ideal solution. Not only can you access it anywhere, you’ll likely be able to find more competitive rates to learn your target language than finding someone locally, and of course you’ll have more tutors to choose from. Alternatively, you could find a learner of your language and offer a language-learning exchange; free of charge of course!
Despite how school may have made it seem, using languages to communicate is more of a skill to be developed than an academic subject to study. This means that although learning grammar is still useful, just as much time; if not more, should be spent on using the language to communicate if you want to see quick results. And of course, you don’t need to be in school to do this!