Learning another language
The Rosetta Stone product is supposed to be pretty good. Mrs busydog learned passable Spanish with it. No matter what method you use, it does take a lot of practice. Probably the best way is immersion by living in the country where the language is primary, but most of us don’t have that luxury.Posted 4 years agomakecoldplayhistoryMember
Yep, as an ESL teacher, it’s about dedication. Tutors are best and they’ll only use the target language. Try advertising for a teacher. Local unis (the Lang. Dept.) are good places to ask.
Tapes etc can help but, of course, there’s no one to correct you when necessary.
A holiday to Germany’s the best way!Posted 4 years agoRoter SternMember
I always say learning a foreign language is a lot like learning a musical instrument. You need to practice daily once up to speed and it does involve a lot of dedication. If you do have lessons then try to have a native speaker as a teacher as they know better than anyone else the ins and outs of the language.Posted 4 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
but its a catch 22, can’t really get work there without the language
or get a job with one of the main contracting companies that provide staff for several pan-european / international organisations.
But then you find the working language is English, and the social language will be too if you hang out mostly with colleagues and expats. So the immersion is up to you and how much effort you put in to it.
Rosetta Stone is a bit pricey for what it is, I thought (if you pay).Posted 4 years ago
Michel Thomas CDs are popular.rickmeisterSubscriber
Duolingo is free and pretty good.
I’m having a frustrating time learning German even though I now live in Germany.
Taking lessons at Klubschule in Basel.
Classmates are from Vancouver, LA, Kosovo, Balaton in Hungary, Venezuela, Dominican Republic , Thailand and Spain and we have no single common language.
Being taught by a very patient Swiss guy, in German using text books in German. Just understanding what the book is asking me to do is bad enough….
Personally a tutor speaking English so I can properly understand how the language is built up would be better for me.Posted 4 years agoalpinMember
the problem with learning german in germany is that so many germans want to speak english….
after a 2 month course and then another 3-4 months on top of living and working i was able to communicate confidently in german. working and living “auf dem Land” with a load of farmer boys/chippies helped as they couldn’t speak english, just Baorisch.Posted 4 years agoIvanDobskiMember
Once you’ve got the absolute basics try to make it less like work if possible, watch TV box sets in german with german subtitles, read german books, or even better
comicsgraphic novels etc etc. TV box sets are good because the dialogue and plot is often fairly similar in each episode.
I’ve learnt a couple of languages professionally and once you start to use a language instead of studying it things come pretty quickly.Posted 4 years ago
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