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.