Ozfrees Guide to Learning a Second Language Online

By: Mei Galang

Internet offers vast possibilities for self improvement, once of which is for learning to speak and read a second language. It would be an edge to be bilingual in our world where there are many languages used in different countries. This advantage can be used on workplace, school, traveling on a foreign country and other circumstances.

Below are OzFree's guide on learning a second language online
1. According to CIA World factbook the top 10 most spoken languages are Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, English, Arabic, Hindi, Portuguese, Bengali, Russian, Japanese and German, in that order.
The first step is to determine which language would be very useful for your career or personal life. If you plan to live to another country, research on the widely spoken language in that area. If you're working locally but have foreign clients, you should research the most popular language used by most of your clients.

2. How much you can learn will depend on you and your determination. If you want to learn for free, there are many free resources available online, it is up to you to research and find those useful tutorials. The flip side of having these open resources available online is we cannot immediately validate if the information is correct. It will be helpful to have several resources and compare if it contains the same tutorials.

3. Another option is to subscribe to online learning courses offered for different languages. The main advantage of this is the maximum assistance given as part of their service. This type of tutorial will benefit those who are not so fond of reading and would want a direct communication over pronunciation of words and other detai

4. After you have learned the basics of the language, you can practice your new skill by communication through a native language speaker. You can do this by joining local chatrooms, forum and other related websites. Aside from experiencing to speak the language casually and spontaneously, you can also gain new friends

5. Try out other supplementary educational materials for your second language tutorials. Some websites offers notes or resource with audio or visual aides that can help in your learning process.

Learning a second language is not a MUST but definitely a PLUS factor. There are many availble methods online waiting for you to be explored.

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