With the Internet and Time, It Can Be Done
There are many benefits to learning a foreign language. Many people think that they cannot teach themselves a foreign language, so they buy an expensive product instead. Some of these products do work, and the consumer is speaking their target language in no time. What if I told you that this could be done for free? It is true, you can teach yourself a foreign language using the Internet with no money out of your pocket.
You should first begin to learn your target language’s alphabet. This is done easily by visiting your preferred search engine and entering “Learn” along with your target language’s name and “Alphabet”. The best results are usually shown first, so I recommend picking them before any others. Also note that you might run into a website that doesn’t detail pronunciation of the characters, I recommend searching for “Pronunciation” after you see the alphabet.
I do not expect you to know the language’s alphabet quickly, so I recommend printing a page detailing the basic alphabet along with simple pronunciation that is best for you to remember the characters. You can keep this page with you and take a look at it when you have time. The alphabet is one of the most important parts of the language, especially if you are learning a language such as Russian or Chinese. These languages use different alphabets, and you should become familiar with them in the beginning.
After you think you have a fair grasp on your target language’s alphabet, you should begin learning some phrases. Basic phrases such as “Hello” and “How are you?” are very common and important phrases to know. There are many travel websites that offer these phrases along with pronunciation for free. The easiest way to search for these websites is to visit a search engine and search for your target language along with “online phrasebook”.
I recommend visiting LingvoSoft Online. LingvoSoft provides phrases to many languages and has even included sounds so you can hear the phrases. You shouldn’t overwhelm yourself by attempting to learn a lot of phrases in one day, but instead you should try to repeat one phrase a few times and make sure you understand it. Make sure you write these phrases down and try to test yourself often, to make sure you still know what they mean.
You should also visit YouTube. Many users have uploaded useful videos explaining phrases and pronunciation in foreign languages. You could search for pronunciation, phrases, or even basic grammar lessons. In most of these videos you can not only see the language in its native alphabet, but you can hear a native speaker speak the language.
Once you have studied some phrases and understand the alphabet of your target language, you should begin learning its grammar. A foreign language’s grammar is the most difficult part, as foreign languages have different word order and many have inflection. There are many websites that offer basic grammar lessons for foreign languages. Many of these lessons are structured appropriately, making reading them easy. You can search for basic grammar lessons in a search engine and find the website that best suits you.
It can be difficult finding the right website for grammar, but there are good websites out there. A recommended search is something like “Chinese grammar online” or “Online Chinese grammar lessons”. There is also a website known as Word2Word, which offers a list of websites that teach languages. It is quite a list, so be prepared to browse for a while!
Once you have found a few websites that seem right for you, you should make sure that you immerse yourself in the language. Try to learn five new words and review five words every day. You should also practice and reread what you have learned as much as possible. When you learn a new verb conjugation, practice it often. Keep practicing until you do not have to look at your notes.
Once you have studied for a while and are able to read basic paragraphs, try to visit websites in your target language. I always recommend visiting news websites, so you are getting practice in your language and at the same time you are learning some current events. You are going to encounter new words, so try to spot these words and get the correct translation for them.
Finally, there are a lot of things you can buy that can help you on your quest to learning a foreign language. I recommend buying a cheap dictionary. There are many cheap ones available on Amazon, and they will come in handy!
Learning a foreign language is never easy, but it can be done. You should make sure you understand what are you teaching yourself and not merely reading over material that someone else has written. Take notes and quiz yourself! Think of phrases you want to learn how to say and learn them! You can learn a language for absolutely nothing using the Internet!