Ever wanted to learn a new language but:
1.Didn’t have the time to practice it
2.Didn’t have the money to purchase the expensive software (Rosetta stone, *cough, *cough!)
3.Felt uncomfortable and awkward about messing up the language in front of native speakers
Well, you’re in luck because there is a solution to all those problems. You can be busy, broke, and awkward to your heart’s content and still learn a language. How is this so? Well, it’s the internet. So to speak.
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There are plenty of free resources online that you can sign up for in your quest to learn a language. I’ve narrowed done a couple that I’ve found to be the most helpful in my quest to learn español.
You see, I come from a Puerto Rican and Italian family ( West Side Story, anyone?), and it’s incredibly embarrassing to try to sound out spanish words in front of my relatives on the Puerto Rican side. For any non-spanish speaking Puerto Ricans out there, your family can be more vicious in the learning process than a complete stranger. My family makes fun of people who can’t speak spanish, especially one of their own. Now, they would never be vicious about it, they just have no filter. They’ll say, ” Oh my gosh, look at her try to speak spanish!” Like I’m a child. Not incredibly encouraging when you say Buenos Dias slowly and under your breath for fear of ridicule and pinched face cheeks. Twenty-three years old, apparently, is just a number.
But, if I’m going to get past beginners level spanish and learn to speak fluently with the older generation of my family, I have to get past this awkward learning curve, and these online resources have been a godsend in that department.
What is cool about duolingo.com, memrise.com, and even the e-mail subscription by fluent in three months, is the ability to go at my own pace. One day, I might feel like speeding through the courses, and the next day, I want to take my time and sound out every syllable over and over again. Also, I don’t have to face any awkwardness of trying to learn, like a child would, from my family. I can be an adult trying to learn a language instead of being told, “Chicken in spanish is pollo, can you say pollo? Also, can you cook pollo…last time you burnt it.”
Not cool, guys!
Now eventually, to get to fluency I’m going to have to speak it with my family, but at least I don’t have to start out learning with them! I can surprise attack them with cool spanish sayings, and yo mamma jokes, in spanish!
Maybe, learning spanish, isn’t on your agenda, well there are other languages provided through these websites as well. I know that duolingo.com and the duolingo app has Spanish, Italian, French, German, Portuguese, and English for non-native speakers. Memrise.com has a much broader selection (to my knowledge), but many of their courses are user-generated (can be a good or weird thing…seen some pretty weird image associations on there). And, fluent in three months, can help you learn, pretty much any language on earth, through its useful language hacking tips.
So, there really isn’t any excuse for learning a new language. You can do it! If I can learn a new language and get made fun of for it, you can too! (Maybe, not so much the getting made fun of part.)
Best of Love!