Learning a Second Language
Learning a Second Language: There can be many reasons for learning a second language. Some people learn for business, some people learn for school, some people learn for travel, and some people learn because they are moving to a new country where a different languge from their native tongue is spoken. Just like there are many varied reasons for learning a new second language, there are also many variious methods of online and software solutions in place of or to supplement classroom learning of a second language. Not only are the methods of learning a second language varied, but also different people learn in different ways and at different speeds. Did you ever take a language course in school and found that the rest of the class was either learning at a much faster rate or a much slower rate than you?
My Great-Grandfather spoke and wrote fluently in eleven different languages. He lived in the mid to late 1800′s and early 1900′s and I’m fairly certain that there was not such an extensive collection of languages taught in schools back in those days. I would have liked ask him how and why he was so proficient in languages, but sadly, he died long before I was born. What I do know is that he claimed to have been “sold” by his gypsy parents (perhaps Russian) to a family of French nobility. So, he probably lived in Russia and France at an early age. Later in life he lived in Budapest, Hungary where my grandfather was born, and during the time when it was known as Austro-Hungary, so he most likely learned both Austrian and Hungarian during that time. Sometime before 1884, he came to America. I don’t know if he spoke English before he came to America, or if he learned it by living here. Those living situations would cover five of the languages that he knew, and I never found out from my grandmother what other languages he may have spoken.
Today, outside of the classroom there are many different online and software language learning resources available. Since my wife is a native Russian speaker and I am a native English speaker, between the two of us we have used and had time to evaluate many of these different methods of learning. The scope of this website is to try to educate you (the consumer) about what the differences are between these learning tools and tell you what we believe to be the pros and cons of the various packages. We will be comparing and contrasting some of the most popular ones from Transparent Language, Rosetta Stone, Rocket Language, Instant Immersion, and Pimsleur. We hope you enjoy your ride with us and that you find the information we share with you to be valuable in making your choice based on what you think is the best for you.