Ways For Busy Or Cash-Strapped People To Learn Spanish

by erin on March 7, 2011

Learning new languages has been implicated in the retention of increased brain function into old age, increased puzzle-solving ability, and is important for communicating with people from other cultures. With the U. S. Melting pot increasing in diversity every day, many people are interested in learning a new language or three, and they often want to start with Spanish. For those with financial or time limitations, there are still great ways to learn Spanish.

Often, the only way of learning a language that people have considered is taking a class. This is undoubtedly a great way to learn a language, but it doesn’t work for everyone. And the other methods of learning that are considered inferior by many people can now be supplemented in ways so as to eliminate that inferiority.

Learning a language via a cassette tape or CD is an idea that’s been around a while, but there’s no beating it for the time-saving factor. Listening while you fix food, drive to and from work or school, or even while you’re in the shower allows you to learn a new language without taking any time away from your tasks. If you can spare a few hours to pair it with video chats, it can be just as effective as a class.

There are several ways in which computers have made language-learning a whole new beast. Software programs are the obvious one, as these can be downloaded from the internet or purchased on discs and used to teach oneself a language. But online classes are also increasingly popular, because they can fit around your schedule while earning you credit, and providing an instructor for questions.

Free options involve your library and the internet, in most cases. Many libraries have a section that holds language learning materials, and depending on the library, this might include any or all of tapes, videos, books, and software programs. Online resources can sometimes be accessed through your library, too, such as subscription-only websites that are available to all card holders.

Free class lectures can be accessed online from big schools and famous universities. These recordings, either audio only or audio and video, are made by ivy league and famous universities, and posted to the internet for people to watch or listen to. You can download these recordings and watch or listen to them wherever is convenient, while covering all the same material that students in the classes did.

One of the few inventions that can possibly be used to completely replace traditional classes are video chats. These programs are becoming more widespread, thanks to the greater access to high-speed internet by the general population, and the increasing interest. Sites exist now that pair people together to speak in their native languages with someone wishing to learn the language, and allows learning of the conversational skills needed to attain language fluency. Contribution by everyone is required to make it work, though.

For people without the time or money to access traditional language classes, some of these other resources can let you follow your dreams of speaking another language without having to make time you don’t have, or find money you don’t have. If you want to take classes later you always can, but there’s no reason not to start now with what you can do right away. Many people learn Spanish via alternative methods every day.

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