Knowing a second language is a skill that I think most people should possess. I learned French in school for roughly five years, but I can literally remember nothing. I recently met someone from Sweden who claimed to have learned English in five years during the time that he was in high school. How is this even possible? I came to the conclusion that it’s down to films and music. People from other countries in Europe are exposed to English on a daily basis through the arts. It’s certainly a good point.
Learning a second language is something that I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the guts and courage to commit. Recently I’ve been looking at online language courses. There are so many different ways to learn over the internet. Some people even get personal tuition through webcam sessions!
The most common method is through voice recognition, picture learning and phrase mimicking – simply a digitized version of what we would have learned face to face at school. Now I just need to figure out which language I’d like to learn. I think the most important aspect of learning a language is functionality. I know I’ll forget everything if I don’t have the chance to practice with real people around me. Plus, I don’t think the language will hold my interest long enough for me to learn it otherwise.
So it looks like I’ll begin soon. I just need to find a tutoring system that I feel comfortable with, a reasonable price and most importantly…a language!