How I’m Learning French For Free
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford
I recently started learning French as I embark on the journey of becoming fluent in four languages. I’ve been getting around 40-60 minutes of instruction five days a week. It’s only been a week or two, but I’m rapidly picking up vocabulary and getting comfortable with the language. I anticipate being at an intermediate level by the end of the year.
So how much does 40-60 minutes of instruction five days a week cost? Absolutely nothing.
I’m learning French through books on CD through my local public library. I simply walked in one day and grabbed all the French instructional CDs. I listen to a lesson in the morning on the way to work and a lesson in the afternoon on the way home. When I travel for business I get the opportunity to get three to five lessons in a single day.
I’ve said it before, but I view my car as my portable classroom. I use it to learn languages, read novels, and get personal instruction on subjects such as: negotiation, sales, networking, positive psychology, public speaking and personal finance. Another added benefit of listening to books on CD is that I never get upset when I encounter heavy traffic any more. I just see it as a blessing of bonus learning for the day.
Podcasts are also great. You can get podcasts on virtually anything from current subject matter experts in the field. I use podcasts on long walks in major metropolitan areas or while relaxing at home.
I’m always on the lookout for new ways of learning. Do you recommend any good ways of learning new languages? Or can you recommend any good podcasts?