Most of the students associate traveling with buying a ticket. But having a trip of your dream does not necessarily require any financial investments. The only thing you need for sure is a good mood along with the strong desire to reach new heights.
First and for most, studying a foreign language is the top open gate to going abroad.
There is no wonder the knowledge of foreign language makes you take in the sights of all countries that speak this language. It makes you stay on the wave with the adolescents of Germany, Russia, or China because the knowledge of language involves the understanding of local culture, history, and traditions. In addition, it is the best way to impress your parents and friends.
Italki.com – a social network created for people search. But we are not talking about just some girl-next-door: we mean potential private teachers who imply affordable pricing policies and pleasant pastime. Here you can find a field to search for the language exchange partner as well. So, you should look for someone who is willing to learn your “mother tongue.” It will help to save money and exchange valuable cultural information.
Livemocha.com – You will discover 12 000 000 users willing to help. You can upload own works so that the others may proofread and point to your mistakes.
Lang-8.com - This network consists of the vast amount of various content where you can read, comment, and, of course, find new friends.
Lifehack: Do not ignore your FaceBook account (or create one in case you haven’t done it already). If you are looking for the way to attract that handsome French guy, think of the common interests by having a look at his info. You can search for the potential exchange friends in the interest-based pages and groups. Is your target from Germany? Ask if he or she is crazy about Scorpions or Rammstein. Every second will be eager to discuss the upcoming gig or album.
Where Can I Study Languages for Free?
Attend more courses and meetings (as a rule, the first lesson is free of charge). It is useful for the freshmen who wish to study rare languages from zero.
Turn to the cultural centers – courses are always waiting there for you. For instance, you can learn Japanese or Korean in the corresponding national cultural centers dedicated to the relevant countries.
Some representatives of language centers get together every day to practice different languages in places where you can also have fun (zoos, movie theaters, computer clubs, etc.)
In case you don’t have anything like that in your town, come up with your own idea of the successful speaking club. Think of the business plan - who knows: perhaps, one day you will change it to the profitable organization. Isn’t it fun to meet every Saturday at café to talk on your favorite topics with the advanced or native speakers? Even if you know just how to say “Hi,” there is still a chance of getting the main idea through gestures and emotions. Also, you can turn on your Skype to invite native Brazilian to some tea party.
BBC platform, for instance, allows people over the world studying our language. It offers tests and questions. It might be useful even for the native speakers who are uncertain about their English class performance.
I can offer to pay a visit to this online tutorial of French. Le-francias.com. It does not stand for assisting in learning the language; it only helped to start talking in French.\
Italian language online: onlineitalianclub.com – many professional teachers recommend exactly this website. It has an English interface.
You can find several languages at a time by purchasing various textbooks developed specifically for self-education. We would recommend trying Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, and Hindi first. These textbooks are sometimes available for free on the internet. Search engines will work it out for you.
Gaming and gambling resources are also the ways out. You may wonder, but there is an opportunity to study and party at the same time: visit duoloingo.com (for German and Swedish) or Wordsteps.com to enrich your vocabulary.
Lifehack: Don’t forget about the publicities dedicated to various languages you can find at social networks. By offering own posts for such publics, you develop own skills and gain attention.
Original motion pictures are the best way not only to taste the native speaker environment but to learn more of the local culture and find out the own level of a particular language. It does not necessarily have to be the movie of the country of origin. Select your favorite “Supernatural” or “Vampire Diaries” in any language you wish with subtitles in English.
Ororo.tv is the place where you can watch whatever in Spanish, Italian, and more languages. The only cons are the time limit: you can watch only 1,5 hours for free.
Kinox.tu is for the development of your German skills. The point is that native speakers also watch movies on these sites. So you will be on one wave with them for sure. There is a list of movies that you can watch relaxing in your bed with a hot cup of coffee as you will understand every single phrase without any special knowledge. To make a love of your targeted country, try to watch one of the following:
Italy: “Roman Holiday” with Audrey Hepburn as the runaway princess will appeal even to those who prefer only horror movies.
France: If you like short and meaningful stories, “Paris, Je T’Aime” with Natalie Portman and Gerard Depardieu will suit you fine; in case you would like to meet Hemingway, enjoy “Midnight in Paris” by Woody Allen. Isn’t Rachel McAdams just great, by the way?
Visit Monaco by joining Selena Gomez and Leighton Meester in “Monte Carlo.”