Thanks to the internet, learning another language has never been easier. Before the internet, you often had to either enroll I specialized classes that were available, find resources yourself that often took time and energy, or pay for special programs through the mail and have them deliver products to your house that would have helped you learn. Immersing yourself in the language as well was hard, because if there was no one in your immediate area who knew how to speak the language, there was practically NO way you could have gotten the coaching you needed.
Now? There’s a myriad of different tools, resources, programs and more that are available for you to sue that should help you learn. Anything from Phone Apps you install on your phone, to online courses you can take through your Laptop or Desktop, to more courses offered at various Universities and Colleges as part of their curriculum. Heck, Language classes are even now taught during secondary and vocational training with specialized programs and curated learning tools all designed to maximize your ability to learn and retain the information.
Never before had we been able to learn another language so readily, and all at prices that are perfect for any budget. You could pick language apps or classes that range from free (but with ads!) to premium services that gave you one on one lessons. You could hire Freelancers from various Freelancing platforms to coach you, you could even take time and take specialize classes.
Heck, you can even learn to do it all from the comfort of your own home, all by yourself.
Now, most people would look at that statement and scoff: Another language is extremely hard, how can you do it without any direction? Better yet SHOULD you do it? Is it even possible to learn how to do it by yourself?
Well, the answer to that is both yes, and no.
See, on the yes side of things, it IS entirely possible to learn how to do it from the comfort of your home and all by yourself. In fact, it’s even possible to do it without paying a time for lessons as well. However it all requires that you have the ability to recognize what you need to do to learn and to have the drive to do it.
That’s essentially what it boils down to: Drive. If you’re able to do it because you want to and can.
When you’re at home, you often don’t treat your home as a place of learning or work: You want to relax, to have fun, to unwind. Home is your safe space, so for a lot of people who work from home they don’t feel that its properly “work” place, and for people learning to do things on their own – such as learning another language – they might not get that drive to sit down and work and learn.
That’s where the no comes from in. You can learn at home, and it is possible, but you’re going to have to both want it, and recognize that it’s going to require effort on your part.
So, with that out of the way, how do you start exactly?
Luckily, it’s not all that hard to start learning from home, and on your time. It just takes a little bit of preparation. Let’s look at the process that you could follow to get yourself started.
Downloading the App
This is always the first step. Finding out what App you’ll want to use. There are dozens and dozens of options that are available to you, all ranging from free to premium (meaning they cost money) so you’ll certainly not have a lack of choices. The best par tis that you don’t have to limit yourself to one if you wanted to. In fact a lot of people go with a premium App simply because of the options that are available and the coaching they provide, while using a free App as a supplement to their learning.
In the end, your choice matters on what’s convenient for you, and what you find useful. There really is no wrong choice as long as you’re getting use out of it.
This one is important. While it is possible to learn as you go, and to just do it on a whim, a lot of people actually learn best when they have a chance to sit down and focus.
Mostly because that tells your mind its “time to learn” as opposed to just doing it while your bored and using it as a distraction. When you’re in “distraction” mode you tend to zone out, and not use your mental focus to learn. You’re just wanting noise to pass the time.
Actually having a set schedule for when is proper for you tricks you into switching from distraction mode to learning mode and your attention and focus thus shifts to wanting to learn. Most people tend to choose a schedule where they either spend an hour in the morning or an hour before bed (or both!) using their Language Learning App of choice, though really it all depends on you and what your other responsibilities and obligations are.
This one is also just as important. You really just need to clear not only your schedule for learning, but distractions as well. Televisions, Text Messaging Apps, Music, other people and everything else that would distract you just needs to be cleared so you can sit and focus on learning.
And that’s really it and all that you need. Just those three things. There’s nothing fancy beyond that, though there are additional steps you COULD take to get you started – such as gathering resources outside of your chosen App or Tool to learn, or figuring out ways to incorporate you immersing yourself in the language and such.
All in all. It’s all dependent on you and how well you can focus. Yes, it is possible, but you’re going to have to work at it in the end.