One of the big questions when moving to another country is, do I need to learn the language, and if so, when?
Since we have already determined we will move to Central or South America, and since I am already well past the age when language learning comes easily and naturally, I have started to learn Spanish already. I have taken a couple of classes in conversational Spanish at the local community college, and have also been learning through language software.
Would love to hear from those who have also given some thought to this, or taken action.
Language Programs and Software
I have used Transparent Language BYKI (Before You Know It), on the computer and on my iPod. BYKI is a pretty neat flashcard-type system for vocabulary building. You can get a free version to download to your computer, and I think they have also just updated it to be downloadable to your iPhone as well.
I also have their Learn Language Now software, which includes video as well as audio. Haven’t really gotten into it that much, I’m sorry to say.
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Pimsleur advertises that its software will have you speaking any language in 10 days or they will refund your money. They claim their courses are used by the FBI and CIA, and are for people who need to learn a language quickly. I tried one of their free introductory offers, and while it was extremely basic, if the rest of their material follows the same pattern, it’s probably an excellent software course. About 40 languages available. 30-Day Money Back Guarantee.
Rosetta Stone claims to be the fastest way to learn a language — guaranteed. Used by the State Department and the US Army.
I’ve heard great things about this program, and would love to try it. Unfortunately (see post titled “My Plans Just Either Got a Boost or a Setback), now is not the time. They have over 30 languages. According to their site, “Everything we do at Rosetta Stone revolves around a simple idea: learning a language should be fun, easy and effective. Nobody else has tapped into this, which is why most language learners lose hope or interest.” 6 Month Guarantee when purchased directly from the company.
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