Suggestions on what is the best way to learn a new language?

petenyc

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I always wanted to learn French. Never had the time even after working with French chef’s and staff for a number of years. Drove me crazy that I could not understand them. Too late for that but not to learn it.

It’s on my “pre-bucket” list and I would like to get any feedback with old school or new methods.
 

snowy

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I always wanted to learn French. Never had the time even after working with French chef’s and staff for a number of years. Drove me crazy that I could not understand them. Too late for that but not to learn it.

It’s on my “pre-bucket” list and I would like to get any feedback with old school or new methods.
I love the French Language...I actually saw a book titled "French for Dummies" once. You can probably find it on Ebay. (not saying you're a dummy pete :giggle:)
 

petenyc

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I love the French Language...I actually saw a book titled "French for Dummies" once. You can probably find it on Ebay. (not saying you're a dummy pete :giggle:)
Might be............but forgot about that series of books. Thanks
 

jaders

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Your local library will have lots of options I’m sure. Our library has an online database called Mango which covers a lot of languages and it’s accessible from home with a library card and password. I’m sure your library will have cds as well.

Personally I think it’s a lot easier if you do it with other folks tho and your local college probably has audit options and community courses for learning a language. ..

They say learning languages is very healthy for the brain too. Helps keep memory loss at bay. (Say what? :bigsmile:).
 

petenyc

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Your local library will have lots of options I’m sure. Our library has an online database called Mango which covers a lot of languages and it’s accessible from home with a library card and password. I’m sure your library will have cds as well.

Personally I think it’s a lot easier if you do it with other folks tho and your local college probably has audit options and community courses for learning a language. ..

They say learning languages is very healthy for the brain too. Helps keep memory loss at bay. (Say what? :bigsmile:).
I gotta tell you the whole thing with "real books" never really entered my mind. After so many years working in the digital age, it's a lost art for some. 99% of the reading I do is online or Kindle.

First thought was to about Rosetta Stone, Babbel or other similar.

It might do me some good and think about books as an option.
 

sparrowed

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I feel that immersion is the best way to learn a language. I have studied languages before via books and sparse conversation but was never able to achieve fluency until I moved to a location that spoke the language.
 

Marcone

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Language exchange activities is really very helpful. Having someone to talk with could help us learn the new language faster. I'm into learning Spanish and not yet ready for a language exchange session. Hopefully soon!
 
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