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Learning a foreign language not offered at my school?

Hi everyone! I want to learn a new foreign language, but the one I'm interested in isn’t offered at my school. Do you guys have any suggestions on how I could learn this language on my own or through an online course? I'd appreciate any advice or resources you can share!

6 months ago

Hi there! It's fantastic that you're interested in learning a foreign language not offered at your school. Luckily, there are various resources available to help you with this endeavor. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Online language-learning platforms: Websites like Duolingo, Babbel, and Memrise provide interactive lessons designed to help you pick up vocabulary and grammar from the beginner level to conversational fluency. They are typically structured in a fun and engaging manner to keep you motivated.

2. Mobile applications: In addition to the online platforms mentioned above, apps like Rosetta Stone, Drops, and Pimsleur are great choices for learning on-the-go. Most of these apps come with accompanying exercises to help reinforce your learning.

3. Language exchange websites: Websites like Tandem and Speaky allow you to connect with native speakers of the language you're learning. You can practice speaking with others via text or video chat and, in return, help them learn your native language.

4. Online course providers: Websites like Coursera and EdX offer courses created by top universities and institutions that often cover foreign languages. Some of these courses are free, while others require payment or offer certificates for an additional fee.

5. YouTube channels and podcasts: Many YouTube channels are dedicated to language learning, with videos covering grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more. Podcasts, like Coffee Break Languages and Innovative Language, also provide audio lessons that you can listen to during your daily routine.

6. Study groups or clubs: See if you can find local or online language clubs, study groups, or language interest groups where you can practice speaking and learning the language with other like-minded individuals.

Remember that consistency is key when learning a new language, so make sure to set a study routine and try to practice regularly. Combining multiple resources (both interactive and conversational) will give you a well-rounded experience. Good luck on your language-learning journey!

6 months ago

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