Learning foreign language
Thread poster: Adammyang
Jun 21, 2007

A second foreign language is becoming more and more important for us in our daily life and work. So I want to learn another foreign language to improve myself. But there are so many online courses and schools that I don't know which to choose the best one is. I have only found some related sites, estudiar italiano en Italia , scuola lingua straniera and sprachen studieren . I wonder if you could give me some other suggestion or recommendation. Any help would be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance!

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Fabio Descalzi  Identity Verified
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German to Spanish
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First of all: decide what use you would give it! Jun 21, 2007

Dear Adammyang,

Your question is quite actual - yet too wide to be summarized in a few words.

Indeed, to have a second foreign language is really important. But what are you really thinking about?
If you think about speaking, communicating, maybe writing business letters - OK, that's one point.
But if you are thinking about, say, upper education, then the choices vary strikingly according to the syllabus you are thinking about.

And then, another important point: your opportunities to practise the language. It's not the same to learn French or Spanish, of which it's relatively easy to find native speakers, than to learn, say, Japanese or Arabic (unless those languages do have native speakers in your area...) From my personal experience, this is THE decisive point: a language might be beautiful, sweet, likable... but if you don't have anybody to talk with, then you'll quickly lose it.

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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
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BBC? Jun 21, 2007

Fabio's points are really good to think about.

As for the decision about which language, the BBC has some nice language-learning pages you could peruse:


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man from china Jun 27, 2007

I Want to know how long we can master a foreign langue(including listening speaking and writing)

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re: man from china Aug 1, 2007

ren_china wrote:

I Want to know how long we can master a foreign langue(including listening speaking and writing)

I think it depends on the level of the language you want to achieve. I can say that it takes about a year for Lithuanian students to cover the elementary level of the language. But it all depends on the work they do outside the class: practice, read, watch films, etc.

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Khaldun Alqaisi
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no definite time to master a language Oct 9, 2007

There is no definite period to master a foreign language, it depends on the learner's abilities and reception.

It also depends on the difficulty of the language in study. The language would be easy to learn if the learning tools are available.


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BBC May 12, 2008

Thanks for the recommendation, Daina. I have been looking for online resources to learn French.

Here's another site for anyone who's interested. My friend did the recordings


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alz  Identity Verified
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a never ending story Jul 24, 2008

ren_china wrote:

I Want to know how long we can master a foreign langue(including listening speaking and writing)

Learning a language is a never ending story. You can always learn more.
This is the beauty of it.

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