The advancements in home personal computers have made a lot of things possible at home, and one of those things is learning a new language. You no longer have to take night classes to learn a new language, and you don’t have to purchase cassettes with antiquated lessons on them that are difficult to take with you. You can now personalize your lessons suiting to what you want to learn, and you can vary the lessons to suit your learning stye.
Learning on tape has always been a hassle and just doesn’t work that well. Learning a language at home with books and tapes was always a hassle, driving people to take actual classes. However, with the interactive lessons that you can do at home on your computer, you can easily learn an entire language on your own.
There are a few great programs that have been taking over the industry the past few years. The first one is the ever-popular Rosetta Stone. Their great marketing has led the company to become almost a household name. They offer a “learn like a child” approach, where you are virtually immersed in the language like a child would be. The only problem is that this can sometimes be frustrating for adult learners. As you grow older your learning style does change a bit, especially with languages. It can sometimes be counterproductive to learn in this manner. Total immersion is hard unless you’re really in the country.
That brings us to another option: the Rocket Languages series. This series became a sleeper hit. It was a course sold online and was kind of sparse at first, but they redid a lot of the course, made it compatible with mobile phones, and suddenly they’re getting amazing reviews. The Rocket Languages series has many of the most popular languages, and you can easily take it with you and personalize it for whatever type of needs that you’ll be using the language for.
I suggest trying out the free trials for each of these programs to decide which one is better for you. Some people would thrive using the Rosetta Stone method while others would do much better with the more traditional feel of Rocket Languages.