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The time has come. At this point, I can honestly say: you don't need to pay anything to learn a language. From absolute beginner to near-native level, there are enough free resources out there (for commonly-studied languages) that, if used together, will take you all the way.
Do you like figuring out a language on your own? Students of linguistics routinely solve puzzles where they have to learn to understand and produce some sentences in a foreign language. Usually these puzzles are created in obscure languages. However, I think they can also be a great way to learn a bit of your target language or a language you're thinking of learning. So here are some puzzles I created for you:
If you're busy with a full-time job and a family, you may feel that you don't have enough time to study languages. It doesn't have to be like that. With a bit of ingenuity, you can still find time. This is how I solved the study time problem when I worked a full-time job which left me mentally drained every night:
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Progress since January 2012
21 / 30 Foreign books read, i. e. excl. German + English
38 / 50 Foreign texts written
604 / 700 Total hours of lang. study
(This is manually updated, so not always up to date)
Lately I've been getting back into Japanese, which I had studied for a few months last year around this time. (Read about my challenge "Understand Your Favourite TV Series in 30 Days".)
I decided to join the italki Fall Challenge: Take 20 lessons until the end of September and they will give you the equivalent of $30 to use for your next classes.
Considering that there are a lot of teachers on italki who charge $6 or so for a 60 minute lesson, that's quite a sweet discount, if you were planning to take language lessons anyway.
For years I have been dreaming about having the computer help with language-learning. I am itching to build the best language-learning tool ever and I seem to have found support for it! Here are the details of what it will look like...
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