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Are you are interested in learning a new language, but tight on cash? There are plenty of options for you to learn a language for free. You’ll be fluent in no time! Here are my 6 tips for free language learning.

 

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Duolingo:

If you have never used Duolingo before, I highly recommend checking it out right away. The site will never ask you to sign up for a paid upgrade or anything. It is 100% completely free! You can access it on your computer or download the app on your phone. There are a ton of languages on there for you to learn and it’s extremely extensive. I really like the setup of it. You start extremely basic with words like “boy” and “girl” and slowly build up over time. If you already have some knowledge of the language you can test out of certain sections. I am a very visual learner and I like that it combines reading, speaking, listening, writing, and seeing pictures. Another thing that’s pretty cool is you can add friends and track each others progress. At the moment my boyfriend and I are getting somewhat competitive with our Spanish learning.

 

Meetup:

I’ve mentioned Meetup before as a great resource for meeting people in a new country. It is also a great resource for learning a language for free. Basically Meetup is a site that is designed to connect you with other people in your area that are members of groups with various interests. You, or other members of your group can then plan meetups. While living in Germany I was part of a language exchange group. The group would meet twice a month at a restaurant and practice speaking. I got to practice German with native speakers and they were able to practice their English with me. You can even use this site to practice a language before you leave your home. Check the site for groups in your area, but in the suburbs of Boston I had no problem finding Spanish and German language practice groups.

Books:

Not exactly the best way to learn, but it’s a start. Go to your local library and check out their language learning books. Before I moved to Germany I spent a summer learning the basics from books. The problem was, once I was actually in Germany I realized that I never learned how to pronounce anything. I could read and write the language really well, but when it came to speaking or understanding people I was out of luck. I pronounced some words absolutely ridiculously. It entertained people though!

Surround Yourself:

Once you have a bit of the basics you will find the language will come to you rather quickly once you are living in the country. Read everything you can get your hands on, listen to conversations around you, and watch TV. You will slowly start to understand more and more.

 

Make Designated Days:

With your partner or friends that also speak the language make designated days where you only speak in your new language. I’ve tried this with my boyfriend, and it failed miserably because we are so used to speaking in English together, but I’ve found it works really well with friends that are also not native speakers. I’m not as shy about my bad language skills with other people who are also learning.

 

If you are looking for a program that has been known to produce great results (but costs money) you should check out Rosetta Stone.

I hope these tips help you! If you have any questions or ideas you think should be added to this list, comment below.

 

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Sarah
Creator of The Wanderlanders | Lives in Costa Rica | Folk music lover | Travel addict | Craft beer snob

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