Have you ever had a dream as a kid that never came true because you don’t have enough money for it? We’ve all been there.
And the sad thing is, you can’t even regret not having plunged into that opportunity. It was never available to you in the first place.
If you want to learn a new language, I say go for it!
The good news is it doesn’t have to be costly either. Check out these tips you can do to make learning as affordable as possible.
1. Find affordable tutors
If you’re not completely clueless about the language that you want to learn, go find an affordable tutor. That way, you get an expert guiding you every step of the way. Plus, they have actual experience teaching so they can set an approach best for your case.
But if you want to save even more, go to tutorial sites like Preply. For example, if I want a German tutor, I’d set the price range I can afford and select the one I want to work with.
Plus, because it’s online, you don’t have to pay additional fees for transportation. You can use what you save on another lesson instead.
1. Give yourself a head start
Before you even go for paid options, give yourself a head start! There are a lot of free sources all over the web that you can use to learn a thing or two about the language.
Studying on your own requires active and constant effort to achieve results. You’re still at the receiving end of the information transfer, but here, you’d be the most crucial part of the process.
I’m not saying that this can replace a real expert because it can’t. But at the very least, it can help your learning curve so you’ll get more out of each lesson.
Personally, I love Duolingo because the first things that you’re going to learn, you can use in your everyday life. If you find other sources like web pages and practice tests easier to absorb, go for them.
In self-study, the key is finding the method that you’re comfortable with.
2. Talk to native speakers
Now, it’s time to put what you’ve learned to the test. Everything you learn means nada if you don’t get to use it, right?
So now, instead of just practicing alone, find a native speaker you can talk to. It can be on Skype or even just on Facebook chat. What’s important is that you’re exchanging ideas.
Plus, the more comfortable you become with conversing in a foreign language, the easier it is for you to absorb things even more.
3. Listen to songs
Get your earphones on, and listen to your favorite jams in the language that you want to learn. What better way to familiarize yourself with what’s the correct pronunciation of their words?
Especially if you’re not comfortable talking to a stranger, this can help you speak the language without making conversations up. You don’t have to be a good singer. You just need to say the words like how they do.
What I like to do is copy the lyrics on the internet, and use Google Translate to convert the text to English. It may not be perfect, but at least you’d know what you’re actually singing.
Do you know that there are a lot of benefits to being bilingual? That’s why you should pursue learning a foreign language. And you know how I’m always looking for easy ways to save money. Follow my tips, and I promise you, you’ll get a lot more than what you ever pay for.