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Have any of you used any of the commercial language self-study language learning programs, i.e. Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone, Berlitz, etc. ?

Can someone give me a recommendation as to which one would be best to use to get started on learning a second language (Spanish, in particular)? If there is another program out there I did not mention, please let me know.

Thanks for the help.

asked 04 Jul '13, 15:23

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There are a lot blogs that offer specific tips on how, supposedly, it is best to acquire a second language. I believe, though, following a specific course may be helpful to get an initial overview of the structure or feel of a language, the best way to go about this is a mixture of sturdy grammar and vocabulary building a bit every day. And after the beginning level (and even at that stage) most of where your language knowledge should come from is primary sources (newspapers, TV, movies, books, talking to native speakers) accompanied by a sturdy grounding in culture. Get comfortable interrupting your friends and asking them what things mean or why certain references are funny. Ask people what they watch on TV or what is popular to read. With so much media on the internet, this style of language learning can be done with very little cost to you. Then, once you have a sturdy grasp of the grammar and can communicate in a rather effective way, go to where it is spoken and speak. Things like teach yourself, rosetta stone, berlitz, etc. are sometimes handy tools in supplement to daily grammar and vocab work based on reading, listening, writing and speaking training of your own accord. However, they are just that - supplements. None of them will make you a proficient speaker alone.

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answered 05 Jul '13, 19:29

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edited 05 Jul '13, 19:32

A course of English published by Linguaphone Institute (UK), which I studied on my own in the USSR in the 1980s, made me a fluent English speaker. Since then I have studied their other courses, and now I am fluent in 4 languages.

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answered 05 Jul '13, 23:56

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