Has anyone taught themselves a language online?

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Found 19th May 2011
As title really, I've got a lot of free time at the moment, and before going to university I thought I'd try and teach myself a language. Just wondered if anyone had successfully taught themselves a foreign language online or through a "rosetta stone" guide or similar?
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Most people here are still trying to learn english

whatsThePoint

Most people here are still trying to learn english



what you mean sain someink like dat...!!!!

I haven't!!

But people speak highly of the Michel Thomas stuff. I don't know if that is online.
How would online work with pronounciation etc??
Edited by: "chesso" 19th May 2011

the rosetta stone software is pretty good, costs hundreds though, but there is a way to get it for free (torrents).

Sloth/Mod

You are much better off doing an evening course at your local college. It's much cheaper and you pick it up far quicker.

chesso

I haven't!!But people speak highly of the Michel Thomas stuff.




+1 for michel thomas

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barky

+1 for michel thomas



Free trial sample here - michelthomas.co.uk/

Syzable

You are much better off doing an evening course at your local college. … You are much better off doing an evening course at your local college. It's much cheaper and you pick it up far quicker.


Courses like that usually start in September though, Sy, although there could be local 'conversation groups' on the go.


Edited by: "chesso" 19th May 2011

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chesso

Courses like that usually start in September though, Sy, although there … Courses like that usually start in September though, Sy, although there could be local 'conversation groups' on the go.



It was a loooong time ago since i did it so can't remember X)

Can still speak French though.

Why would you want to learn another language? Everybody speaks English anyway.

Syzable

It was a loooong time ago since i did it so can't remember X)Can still … It was a loooong time ago since i did it so can't remember X)Can still speak French though.



I'll take it you mean the language!!
I was in France last week and a couple of times I couldn't think of any words at all in any language.

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chesso

I'll take it you mean the language!!I was in France last week and a … I'll take it you mean the language!!I was in France last week and a couple of times I couldn't think of any words at all in any language.



lol Yes the language.

Comes in handy at Disneyland Paris as they are right miseries unless you speak their language. X)

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ciazman

Why would you want to learn another language? Everybody speaks English … Why would you want to learn another language? Everybody speaks English anyway.



If everyone knew English, French and Spanish you should be well covered just about everywhere but the most remote places.

Banned

I learnt German with THIS.

Really easy to pickup - you can speak into the computer and in rates how good you are.

I was awesome.

Syzable

lol Yes the language. Comes in handy at Disneyland Paris as they are … lol Yes the language. Comes in handy at Disneyland Paris as they are right miseries unless you speak their language. X)



I can imagine!
I must admit that the Parisians have become better over the years, since I was first there and a snooty waitress pretended she couldn't understand that I wanted a glass of water, even though I did ask in French. I was with a friend fluent in French and she had to 'translate'. Now I would make my feelings known - back then I was just embarrassed.
Edited by: "chesso" 19th May 2011

You could learn French with French Assistant

It helped me, as there is sound too .. and it's free

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Syzable

If everyone knew English, French and Spanish you should be well covered … If everyone knew English, French and Spanish you should be well covered just about everywhere but the most remote places.



Such as Germany?!?!?! oO

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JonnyTwoToes

Such as Germany?!?!?! oO



Where you'll find people that speak English enough to get by.

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Syzable

Where you'll find people that speak English enough to get by.



Bit lazy though don't you think?

We should at least make an effort.

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JonnyTwoToes

Bit lazy though don't you think?We should at least make an effort.



I'll take my wife as she speaks German and Spanish.............i don't need to be lazy.........i'll just pretend i'm mute.

I am a bit worried at the moment for my son who is in year 10 at school. Whilst a clever boy he dropped languages as he hated them. At the time we were OK with this. However once he had started this year we got told about the new English Baccalaureate which is a certificate given to children after GCSE's. To get this they have to pass English Maths a Science and a Language. I am a bit worried that he will not get into Uni if he doesn't have it. He seems to be in the school year that could really suffer because of it as we weren't given enough information at the time. If I had known more I would have made him do a language. Sorry gone a bit off track but thought someone else might be in similar situation. The year after my son his school has insisted they do a language.
I can see him doing some sort of gap year and having to learn a language. Heck I might have to just send him to work in Spain or something. A little worried. Could someone do a GCSE in a year. Not sure.

yeah 1337

ciazman

Why would you want to learn another language? Everybody speaks English … Why would you want to learn another language? Everybody speaks English anyway.



You have lived a sheltered life, haven't you.

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Alfonse

yeah 1337



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jonny619447

You have lived a sheltered life, haven't you.



haha no, quite the opposite actually; hence the reason i feel it is unnecessary to learn another language!

Goofeys Girl

I am a bit worried at the moment for my son who is in year 10 at school. … I am a bit worried at the moment for my son who is in year 10 at school. Whilst a clever boy he dropped languages as he hated them. At the time we were OK with this. However once he had started this year we got told about the new English Baccalaureate which is a certificate given to children after GCSE's. To get this they have to pass English Maths a Science and a Language. I am a bit worried that he will not get into Uni if he doesn't have it. He seems to be in the school year that could really suffer because of it as we weren't given enough information at the time. If I had known more I would have made him do a language. Sorry gone a bit off track but thought someone else might be in similar situation. The year after my son his school has insisted they do a language.I can see him doing some sort of gap year and having to learn a language. Heck I might have to just send him to work in Spain or something. A little worried. Could someone do a GCSE in a year. Not sure.



you could do a GCSE inn a fortnight if you wanted to

Learning languages is one of the most beautiful achievement in life.....It also sounds like some people on here are already affected by dementia therefore read on:

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sconto

Learning languages is one of the most beautiful achievement in … Learning languages is one of the most beautiful achievement in life.....It also sounds like some people on here are already affected by dementia therefore read on:http://www.timeswellness.com/article/45/201103162011031517152998342e3eac9/Learning-another-language-is-the-best-defence-against-Alzheimers.html



completely retract everything I have said about learning another language...it now has a useful purpose for me - thanks for providing a valid argument sconto

Goofeys Girl

I am a bit worried at the moment for my son who is in year 10 at school. … I am a bit worried at the moment for my son who is in year 10 at school. Whilst a clever boy he dropped languages as he hated them. At the time we were OK with this. However once he had started this year we got told about the new English Baccalaureate which is a certificate given to children after GCSE's. To get this they have to pass English Maths a Science and a Language. I am a bit worried that he will not get into Uni if he doesn't have it. He seems to be in the school year that could really suffer because of it as we weren't given enough information at the time. If I had known more I would have made him do a language. Sorry gone a bit off track but thought someone else might be in similar situation. The year after my son his school has insisted they do a language.I can see him doing some sort of gap year and having to learn a language. Heck I might have to just send him to work in Spain or something. A little worried. Could someone do a GCSE in a year. Not sure.



I also dropped languages at school and hated them. It was all about the awful teaching methods used and the usual way that our education system drains all the joy out of learning. I picked up Michel Thomas French set a while back. He is extremely entertaining and informative and actually gives you a mixture of memory techniques and (much more importantly for me) a breakdown and explanation of the simple structures of the language. After going through it a few times I have now moved on to his more advanced course.

ciazman

completely retract everything I have said about learning another … completely retract everything I have said about learning another language...it now has a useful purpose for me - thanks for providing a valid argument sconto



I don't want to worry you but you already said all this last week..:{

Plum

I also dropped languages at school and hated them. It was all about the … I also dropped languages at school and hated them. It was all about the awful teaching methods used and the usual way that our education system drains all the joy out of learning. I picked up Michel Thomas French set a while back. He is extremely entertaining and informative and actually gives you a mixture of memory techniques and (much more importantly for me) a breakdown and explanation of the simple structures of the language. After going through it a few times I have now moved on to his more advanced course.



Yes I think that's what happened to him. Like so many children he found it boring (German) and hated the teacher. My other son who has a great teacher is absolutely loving Spanish.

Just to tell you my experience: I had an awful French teacher at high school. She made me hate French so much, so when I finished my high school I went on to University to do a degree in languages (Spanish and English).
So I just didn't like the teacher and have never been able to learn French. I am an ESOL by the way, at the time I was learning foreign languages I thought it was going to be useful, I didn't know it would be actually my future (and that later I would come to England)!
So probably if you don't enjoy one language try with another one.....Reasonably good book and cds are the BBC Talk (Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese). They are not fantastic, but pretty good. Online you will also find the videos and the exercises to do.

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