Learning a foreign language is a great idea for a number of reasons. It will enable you to be more conversive and have an enriched experience on trips abroad, it will flex the parts of your brain associated with linguistics, and in our increasingly globalised world, it might even open up job opportunities for you. But what if you have the desire to learn a language, but you just don’t have the budget to invest in private lessons in Spanish, French, Japanese, or whichever language you are choosing to study? Mastering a language on a budget is totally doable, and here are a few things you can do give yourself the best shot at becoming conversational and even fluent.
Language exchange. Just because you can’t afford to go to Argentina to practice speaking Spanish or to Morocco to practice French doesn’t mean that you can’t have a fruitful language exchange right here in this country. Australia is a place that attracts people from all over the globe, many of whom speak a first language that is not English. Post a notice in your local library or write something on a local online forum that advertises your desire for a language exchange buddy. One hour of English plus one hour of the language you are learning twice a week will boost your conversational abilities.
Online tutoring. Yes, it might be too pricey to enrol in a local evening course to learn a new language, but online tutoring can be a far cheaper option. What’s more, you’ll be learning from a local. There are many native speakers of foreign languages who are also trained teachers that offer classes via video calling services from their home countries. Because they don’t have the same cost of living as people in Australia, they can offer their classes at a fraction of the normal price. For more information, contact a business such as High Performance Learning Centre.
Flashcards. You don’t need expensive language schools to provide you with fancy learning resources when you can just as easily create them for yourself. Making flashcards is the ideal solution because they encourage learning through repetition, which is one of the most effective ways of learning a language. Through any language learning book from the library, find the one hundred most popular verbs in the language you are trying to learn. Then create sentences around those and write them on flashcards – one side in English and one side in the other language. Carry these flashcards around with you and test yourself while you are on the bus, on your work break, or when you are relaxing at night.Read More