Learn a New Language and Broaden Your Horizons
Maybe your husband got a job in a foreign land and you have to study the language so you can also get a job and make new friends.
Perhaps you just love to travel and you would like to master the basics of the language of the country you will next be visiting.
You could even be a student planning to study in another country, but to get accepted at university you must first prove you can speak the language.
To learn a foreign language can be very challenging, but it can also be great fun.
If your intention is solely to master the basics of a certain language so you can enjoy your travels more, the best option for you is to purchase a decent phrase book with an included CD to learn pronunciation.
Trying to learn a foreign language by using a dictionary is not the best idea, since you won't learn how to form sentences.
A phrase book will teach you what to say in various real life circumstances, such as when you order a meal in a restaurant or buy a bus ticket.
The DVD/CD is important because it will assist you with pronunciation.
Some languages are easy in this regard, for example Spanish.
Once you know how an "a" is pronounced in Spanish, it will always remain the same, regardless of the content in which it is used.
English is not the same - just think of the different pronunciations we have for the letter "a", for example, words such as "race" and "rack".
If you have to study a foreign language for professional reasons, such as your job or studies, the best option is no doubt to sign up for a professional language course.
You will be faced with a choice: either you receive one on one tuition, or you are in a group class.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both options.
In a group class you will get this interaction, but if you can't keep up with the others in the class you might fall behind and waste your money.
In a one to one class the teacher will be able to give you his or her undivided attention, but you won't get the same amount of practice as in a group class.
What new skills will I learn in a foreign language course? Most language courses focus on teaching five skills: Speaking, listening, writing, reading and grammar.
The skills are not normally taught one at a time - they are rather practiced simultaneously with the help of scientifically developed exercises and techniques.
Before you can proceed to more advanced aspects of the language, you will of course first have to learn the basics of the language's grammar and pronunciation.
You must learn how to pronounce the consonants and the vowels under various circumstances, otherwise you will never be able to speak the language correctly.
One of the best ways to practice this is in simulated real life scenarios, such as ordering a meal in a restaurant or asking someone out on a date.
If there is one golden rule practiced in the majority of language schools everywhere in the world, it's that you're not allowed to converse with either the teacher or other students in any other language but the one your are studying.
This may seem a bit harsh, but eventually it's the best way to force you to practice what you've learned.