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How Will You Spend $350-2,000?

by Jake Beus October 1st, 2012 More

Have you ever wondered why it costs so much for language-learning software programs? You could pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars to learn a language through software, the classroom and/or tutors. For the most part, spending money to educate yourself is a good thing. Realize, however, that the internet can transform the way you learn and how much you pay for your learning experience. I encourage you to take a moment and browse LearnALanguage.com and discover what you can learn for free in 8 languages.

Since you may not need to spend so much money with software and classes anymore, how else would you spend $350-2,000? This could be the difference between you having a good vacation and a GREAT vacation. Use the money to travel to a foreign country and have a true ‘immersion’ experience. Allow yourself to be completely immersed in the new language, new people and the new culture.

Your goal to learn a new language should not change. How you spend your money should change. How are you going to spend the $350-2,000 you will save by not purchasing software, taking classes or paying for tutors? Please answer this by commenting below.

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Why You Should Consider Learning a New Language

by Jake Beus September 27th, 2012 More

As I have stated in a recent post, there are millions of people in the world who have a desire to learn a new language, yet do nothing to fulfill that desire. I would like to take a moment and address the question, ‘Why Should I consider learning a new language?’. I recently posted links on the new LearnALanguage.com Facebook and Twitter accounts to articles that address this question. I encourage you to ‘Like’ the new Facebook page and follow @learntalk on Twitter to stay up to date on blog posts, news and anything related to language-learning.

I discovered the first article from the ACTFL Smartbrief Newsletter. It’s entitled “Madison Schools reaching overseas for bilingual teachers”. That school district is putting more effort and focus on its dual-language immersion program. They had a shortage of bilingual teachers so they looked overseas for help. This is just one example of an increasing number of jobs that require multilingualism. Many employers will increase your pay if you know another language as well. In a global economy, there continue and likely will always be more opportunities for those who know more than one language than for those who don’t.

The second article, entitled “In praise of multilingualism“,  talks more specifically about why you should consider learning a new language. I encourage you to read the full article, but these are some of the main points of it:

  • It helps you appreciate and improve your native tongue
  • It’s a gateway to cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • It opens you up to growth and new experience
  • It helps develop habits of critical thinking
  • It helps you become more of a global citizen

Those are just a few of the reasons to consider learning a new language. What are some more? Please give us your ideas and thoughts by commenting below.

 

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Why You Aren’t Learning a New Language

by Jake Beus September 24th, 2012 More

Learning a new language is definitely an admirable goal just like many other goals that you might have in your life. I have spent a considerable amount of time reading about goals and motivation as it relates to language-learning. There are millions of people everyday who do nothing to feed their desire to learn a new language. I found the following reasons:

Lack of time. Everyone is busy. No matter the stage of life you find yourself in, there are many great and noble things you can do to fill your time. One thing I have learned in life is that if you really want to do something, then you will usually make time for it. You don’t need to spend hours each day learning your new language of choice. Start with 10 minutes each day.

Lack of motivation. Don’t you wish there was a magic pill you could take to help you stay motivated after you have your ‘moment of inspiration’? I promise you that 5-hour Energy is not that magic pill. Why is learning a new language important to you? Once you have answered that question, think about ways that you can stay motivated. I would encourage you to list your goal on 43things.com and join a group of people with that same goal. If you have other websites/apps that are helpful, please comment on this post.

Can’t afford classes/software. No longer is it necessary for you to enroll in a college class or even pay hundreds of dollars for language-learning software. We are working hard to provide you with as many free resources as we can right here. There are numerous other ways that you can learn for cheap or even free. We don’t believe that there is a perfect solution for everyone, unless everyone could afford to move to a foreign country and be completely immersed in a new language.

Little success with boring learning methods. As I previously stated, we are working feverishly to give you the best resources to keep you motivated and learning at the same time. Language learning doesn’t have to be as boring as your most boring professor you had in college. We can do better. I believe that learning needs to be convenient as well. What are the best mobile apps and websites for learning a new language?

If you have a different excuse for not learning a new language, please make a comment and let me know what your excuse is.

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How Long Does it Take to Learn a New Language?

by Jake Beus August 20th, 2010 More

Have you ever asked someone: “How long does it take to learn a new language?” If you have asked more than one person, it is likely you have received a different answer each time. If all the answers were the same, it’s probably because you were told that “it depends”. Of course, when you consider learning a new language, there are various factors to consider.

What resources do I have? We believe there is no substitution for complete immersion in a language. If you can move to a different country and be completely immersed, do it. Since that is not possible for everyone, Visual Link Language™ has created a method called Immersion 2.0. You use your native language and a moving image to learn a new word or phrase, then you are immersed in the new language using only the moving image.

What level of fluency am I aiming for? Some people simply want to learn enough to get by or have a little fun. Others want to gain a level of fluency which will allow them to feel comfortable in any situation. If you know what you want to accomplish with your new language, you will have a better idea of what level of fluency you’ll obtain. Simply remember that it will take time and work, but it will be worth it.

What is my primary (first) language? If English is your native language, perhaps Dutch may be the easiest language for you to learn. English has similarities with many different languages. Chinese may be on the difficult end, but there are thousands of people who will tell you it is possible. Spanish and French are very popular languages being learned by native English speakers.

How much time will I dedicate to this? As previously mentioned, with our Visual Link Spanish™ course you can become fluent in basic conversational Spanish in just 3 months. Again, if you can become completely immersed in the language, that is great. If that’s not an option, you should set aside time (we say at least 30 minutes) each day to learn your new language. It will not do you much good to cram, because as you probably learned in school, you don’t really remember anything after the test.

What’s my attitude? Perhaps the biggest factor of all is attitude. Some may argue that time is the biggest factor, but realize that if you really want to do something, you can usually make it happen. You’ve heard it before, but STAY POSITIVE. Remember that you will make mistakes, but keep practicing. Laugh at yourself. Remember what your goal is and why you are striving for that goal.

When all is said and done, it really does depend on various factors. Just remember that if you really want to learn a language, you can. The sky is the limit for how many languages you can learn. Have fun with it and work hard!

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Some Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language

by Jake Beus July 30th, 2010 More

Some reasons to learn a foreign language are obvious, while others may be new to you. Some obvious reasons are traveling, meeting new people, and improving your work life. With a little help from Brent White, Elise Taylor, and Miranda Gennaro, I’d like to focus on the less obvious reasons, and let me know what you think:

  • Understand what’s being said about you when you’re sure it’s not good.
  • Understand what your fortune cookie really means.
  • Be able to talk to your mail order bride.
  • Don’t accidentally order something wrong at a restaurant.
  • You can turn off subtitles on foreign movies.
  • Swear in front of your kids without them knowing it.
  • Know what your Japanese tattoo really means.
  • Get better technical support.
  • Celebrate more holidays.
  • Confuse telemarketers or anyone you’re trying to avoid.
  • Get better scores at Scrabble.
  • Get out of embarrassing situations by acting like you don’t know English.

Can you think of any more reasons to learn a foreign language? Which reason is your favorite?

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Learn a Language – Meet Famous People

by Jake Beus July 14th, 2010 More

I’d like to officially welcome you to the Visual Link Languages blog about language learning. Well let’s get right into it, shall we?

Why would anyone want to learn another language? Why do you want to learn another language? I have personally posed that question to hundreds of customers. I won’t go into explaining all the reasons customers have given, but travel, work, homeschool, service missions, school, and fun are just a few responses.

One of my favorite reasons to learn a language is to meet new people. Watch the video to see exactly who I would want to meet.

Be sure to subscribe to this blog via RSS and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. I’ll be writing at least 1 article each week. Stay tuned for language-learning tips, videos, news, and anything else related to learning a language. Thanks!

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