Self Study

There is a lot you can do for learning a language all by yourself — and save a lot of money!

Of course, self-study has its limits.

You can read a book about riding a bicycle, but you will not really develop the skill until you actually ride.

The same can be said of conversation skills:

  • Fluent speech requires real practice.
  • The mouth and tongue need to learn new sounds and combinations

Now, of course, you can speak at your own pace – even if that pace is very slow.

But you cannot listen at your own pace!

  • Being able to “keep up” with what another speaker is saying is a skill that comes only with practice.
  • Native speakers speak quickly, run words together so that it is difficult to distinguish individual words.

Similarly with writing skills

  • You need good feedback and correction.

The least expensive solution would be to find a conversation partner – ideally a native speaker – who is willing to help you practice.

More expensive – but faster – would be:

  • Taking an intensive course, or
  • Taking a long vacation or a job somewhere where you are forced to apply the language.



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