Cheapest way to learn a new language

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  1. rxtech

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    Does anyone have any experience or recommendations about what would be the cheapest way to learn a new language? What has worked best for you?
     
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    duolingo to start, and then join a learning group in your city. This is often a group that gets together for beer or coffee once a week to use the language they're trying to learn.
     
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    If you are trying to learn Spanish, I see you are registered California, try William Harvey. Available on Amazon Online and Kindle supported stuff. He has a Spanish for Healthcare Professionals and it got me going on the right trail. Now I am speaking to patients in Spanish and I never ever expected that would happen. I like the language learning you can listen to in the car and just keep yapping while you listen. As others have said it is also very important to practice especially with native speakers and have them help you with pronunciation in any language. Once you get going it can be fun. I even tell jokes in Spanish now, it's hilarious to me that they understand me and laugh! Get to learning!
     
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    Start young ( @rxtech too late for you :twisted:), and just get thrown into the deep end right away! :eek::twisted:

    This was me 60+ years ago. When I was 4 years old, my Dad moved our family to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where we lived for 5 years. I started kindergarten in Spanish, and though I didn't do well in school because of the language barrier (I've got some horror stories, but I'll spare you), I learned Spanish by playing with the neighbor kid next door. That and listening to songs in Spanish. Music was a great help to me.
     
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    CD in the car was good for getting conversation basics.. you can talk aloud and no one bothers.

    Is it for travel, work or working with friends/colleagues?

    I do like idea of immersing yourself with some helpful native speakers. Work did that for me.
     
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    Your local library should be some help ...
     
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    Get yourself a foreign girlfriend or wife or whatever. Sure speeds things up but be aware that hot Latin women may become incandescent at the slightest provocation. Treat with extreme caution and you should be alright... :eek:

    Actually, my Spanish isn't much better than a ten-year-old's but senorita esseff speaks enough English for us to bumble through life. If I asked her to, she'd correct my grammatical mistakes but we're relaxed enough not to be bothered about errors. There's always Google Translate if it's vital there are no misunderstandings. So, I'm not a good example of the system I'm advocating!
     
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    Don't axe me. I have trouble understanding people five states away.
     
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    I heard someone say they learned a language very quickly when in a foreign prison, to a very deep level, given you were learning on a life or death basis
     
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    Ha ha, yep, I’m getting up in my years! I am fortunate that I took 1 1/2 years of Spanish in high school and actually remember some. I think I could learn with enough effort/practice.
     
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    I downloaded this app, thanks!
     
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    I took Spanish in high school as well, after returning to Texas. But I took it primarily because I figured I could skate by with minimal effort and still pass, since I could speak the language. As I said before, I had a less than stellar track record in school, from grade school on through high school. (Again, horror stories...) And beyond that, I ain't never had me know kolige edumacashun. :oops::twisted:

    But I have used my Spanish all these years in Texas, which, especially here in South Texas, is pretty easy to do. And again, music helps. I do quite a few songs in Spanish in my performance repertoire. And I converse with people in my audience that do speak Spanish and engage me afterwards. I'm not fluent, but can carry on a conversation if I need to and generally understand what is said to me.
     
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    This actually works I had a job at a plastic plant and 98% of the workers were from southern Mexico we didn’t really have to interact but I have a fascination with other cultures so I started talking to the manager that knew the most English and now I know a good bit of Spanish haven’t had to use it in a while but I’d love to have a couple languages under my belt before too long. This only works if you’re looking for a job though

    As an actual recommendation I’d say first get some books on the language you’d like to speak and maybe join a couple bilingual forums where you can converse with native speakers, I believe there is also an app That allows you to converse with someone in another language that helps you learn(I just saw someone found that app for you I’ve heard good things about it)
    It’s most beneficial I’ve found out to converse with a native speaker that already knows a good bit of your native language
     
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    Move out of state and carve a new life. JMHOYMMV
     
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    Didn't the original post say the CHEAPEST way?
     
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    Shack up with a woman who speaks the language. If you are already married, don't suggest this to your wife.
     
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    What do you plan to do with your new language?
     
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    The best way is the most expensive way ... live in the country.
    But this doesn't answer your original question.

    You need to talk the language with a native tongue.
     
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