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United States
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Speaks: English*, French
Studies: German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese

 Message 1 of 43
03 November 2013 at 7:45am | IP Logged 
Hello everyone!!

I'm very excited to be here!

Just to introduce myself, I am a freshman in college located in NY majoring in French and piano. I have a
passion for
languages and am actually planning on taking French, German, and Spanish all next semester.

I haven't started any courses in Spanish. I'm taking a German 101 class now but the professor can't teach
very well.

Here are some of the languages I'm interested in learning:


I really like the more guttural, Germanic sounding languages.

As you can imagine, I don't have much money since I am a college student.
Is there a way that any of you have learned a language without spending too much money? I realize that the
only way to learn a language completely is by living in a foreign country. Do you have any simple
ways that don't cost too much money but are effective?

Thank you so much and I'm excited to start my quest to become a polyglot!

Edited by nathdep on 03 November 2013 at 7:46am

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Bilingual Triglot
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Speaks: Greek*, Ancient Greek*, EnglishC2
Studies: French, Russian, Turkish, Modern Hebrew

 Message 2 of 43
03 November 2013 at 8:11am | IP Logged 
Here is a free link with courses

FSI courses

You could take advantage of libraries as well, being in college, or maybe look for student priced programms (if they exist in Greece they must exist in the USA)
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Speaks: Swedish*, English
Studies: German, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, Mandarin, Esperanto, Irish, French
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 Message 3 of 43
03 November 2013 at 10:43am | IP Logged 
In case you ever want to learn Esperanto, Lernu has a lot of material for free.
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Speaks: English*, Spanish
Studies: Esperanto, French

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03 November 2013 at 12:44pm | IP Logged 
Listen Reading is an inexpensive and effective method.

Edited by luke on 03 November 2013 at 12:44pm

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Speaks: French*, English, Yiddish
Studies: Latin, Ancient Egyptian, Welsh

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03 November 2013 at 12:54pm | IP Logged 
Say Something in Welsh is a very effective course (at least it is for me). The first course (25 lessons of 30 min. each) is free.

The DLI courses are great. I don't know about the Romanian one but the Russian course is impressive (although lacking in audio).

With what is available on-line nowadays, I think it's totally possible to reach a high level in any language without spending that much.

Edited by akkadboy on 03 November 2013 at 12:57pm

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Speaks: Dutch*, English, Swedish, French, Russian, German, Italian, Norwegian, Mandarin, Romanian, Afrikaans
Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

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03 November 2013 at 1:15pm | IP Logged 
I haven't checked the Romanian audio but the level is comprehensive from my impression.
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Bilingual Triglot
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Speaks: French*, English*, Spanish
Studies: Tagalog

 Message 7 of 43
03 November 2013 at 1:22pm | IP Logged 
There are lots of free resources for learning Spanish! Here are a few of my favourites:

52-episode telecourse from the early 90s. It's cheesy and silly, but it's a great resource!

Notes in Spanish
podcasts for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners. I discovered it a bit later, so I never listened to the
beginner podcasts, but I highly recommend the intermediate and advanced podcasts.

Gamified language learning (also available for several other European languages). Surprisingly fun and addictive.
Relies heavily on translation - definitely not enough on its own to learn to speak, but good for vocab and basic

Find language exchange partners, hire affordable tutors, or post text to have it corrected by native speakers. A
great resource for learning just about any language.

FSI Spanish basic
One of many free FSI courses available - there's probably a course for most of the languages that you want to
learn. It's dry and dated, but I actually really enjoy the drills. Helps to build automaticity.

In addition to this, I spend a lot of time listening to music on youtube, reading children's novels (from the library
whenever possible) and watching TV shows on DramaFever.

Have fun learning Spanish!
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Speaks: English*, Spanish, French
Studies: Greek

 Message 8 of 43
03 November 2013 at 4:31pm | IP Logged 
Many excellent suggestions have been provided above.

Since you are at a university I recommend that you see what's available at your library
and if you can't find much for the languages you are interested in, see what you can get
through inter-library loan.

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