There are different ways to learn a language. You can start learning through a self-taught course. That is to say, through CDs, videos or tapes, plus textbooks and a lot of practice. You can also learn through television, that nowadays offers language courses on its different shows.
You can learn through the web, where there are several websites on the Internet that offer courses on different languages, with videos and sound. Also, you can learn through a teacher, taking individual lessons and, also, learn at your job.
Each of these learning alternatives have their pros and cons, but all of them are valid options, according to the life style of the student:
1. One of the pros of self-taught courses is that the student learns whenever he/she wants and has to self-evaluate the knowledge he/she gets. This kind of course is available for all languages and on different levels of knowledge, for beginners as well as for advanced students. We can find these for sale in bookstores and town libraries.
2. As for television, we can find there courses on specialized channels or on open channels with special programming.
3. Surfing the web is one of the most common options nowadays. You can find featured offers presenting different options for language learning.
4. Learning with a teacher at a place devoted to language learning is the traditional method and you can find institutes throughout most of Europe. They offer vespertine courses so workers can attend, and they have the advantage of allowing you to share a physical space with other students who live situations similar to yours. The teacher is the guide in charge of the coordination of the group.
5. Learning at your job helps you change the daily routine. The arrival of the teacher is awaited to cut the usual work day and it’s also a method of personalized teaching. Businessmen admit that knowing different languages is very important in order to succeed in the business world. That’s why lots of large companies offer free or aid-funded language courses.
The different methods could be combined, alternating them through different stages of the learning process. It all depends on the place where you live, how much time you have available to learn and what other activities you perform during the day.
The speed of the learning progress will depend on each student. Having a fixed time to study every day or week is a big help. The ideal is to have two to four hours per week. It is important to reinforce your progresses with tests that will help you check your learning. And above all… Enjoy while you’re learning!