2. How and where can I learn a foreign language?

Choose your approach. There are so many different methods and approaches to learning, including classroom learning, self-study and telephone courses, immersion courses abroad, virtual learning and more. Choose the mix that suits you.

  • Staying the course. Language schools are easy to find in most places just pick up a phone book or surf the Internet. However, selecting the right one is important. It is a good idea to visit the school and talk to a teacher before enrolling, look for independent reviews of the establishment and ask friends and acquaint­ances for recommendations.

  • Tap into the media. Today, with televi­sion and radio channels from around the world easily accessible via satel­lite, cable and the Internet, it has become easy to find content in the foreign language you want to learn.

  • Net of languages. The Internet has become a powerful language learning resource, with much of the material sand tools available for free. It is easy to find on line language courses, diction­aries, educational games, forums,chat rooms, support, videos, listening exercises, abridged content, and more. In addition, the Internet carries plenty of authentic content, such as news­papers and magazines, in all languages.

  • Language tandems. Arrange a one on one conversational exchange with a native speaker who wishes to learn your language.That way, you both get a chance to practise.

  • Become a member of a language club, which are popular venues across Europe, not only for language learning but also for socialising.

  • Cultural materials. As you progress in the language, savour the culture through books, music, films, etc. Film son DVD can usually be viewed - in audio or with subtitles - in several languages. In addition, there is an increasingly broader range of audio­ books, often read by famous authors or actors, available in many languages.

  • Pen pals are a traditional way of enhan­cing your skills in a foreign language,learning more about the local society and culture, and making friends. In the digital age, the Internet can be a powerful tool for communicating across linguistic and social borders.

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