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I am using Visual Link Spanish, along with my dd for learning Spanish this year. I'd like to do another language, but am not sure which one, or what programs would be available for them. I need visual. If anyone has seen Visual Link Spanish--it's the perfect format for me to learn! I'd like the same thing in a different language.

 

I don't want to do Latin. Here are my ideas:

German: My heritage, though we're not planning on going to Germany or anything. I'm thinking this wouldn't be as useful

 

French: I live not all that far from Canada. I've been to Kenya, and would love to go back to Africa somewhere, sometime

 

Swahili: I'd REALLY like to go back to Kenya, I think. But I might like other countries in Africa just as well.... Problem is, it's very limited, and I may never get back there!

 

Japanese: Could be useful for understanding how to put my mechanical type things together! ;) No, my cousin went to Japan and speaks fluent Japanese. I'm not in much contact with him, but I'm sure he'd be willing to help over the internet somehow, and I wouldn't mind visiting Japan

 

Mandarin: This seems to be a popular choice lately. I'm thinking it would be a neat language to learn!

 

Those are the main ones, I think that I've considered. Does anyone have ideas on curriculums or helps in learning these languages, and why they'd be good ones to learn? I can't afford to spend too much on them. Any on-line/free resources?

 

Any ideas for a good way to go about learning two languages for someone in their 40's?

 

Any other ideas/comments/suggestions?

 

Thank you for any info. you can share with me!

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There's a forum for that: link. :D
Thanks! I'll try looking further into that.... I don't know where to begin there to find the answers to my questions, though. I didn't see anything directly about what I was asking, but maybe I have to search deeper. But then again, that's why I ask here....I don't really have the time to go through all those messages and figure it all out (I do this forum and FB and often don't have enough time for those two...). I'm hoping a few people here can help me out from their experiences??? :001_smile:
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Personally, I like the Learnables. It is largely a kids curriculum, although the program can be used at any age. It is completely audio/visual. Personally, with my learning style, I have to learn to hear and understand a language before I try to read it. But that's just me. I was having a very hard time teaching myself French until I started using this program, and it is always my first recommendation. It won't teach you everything by any means, but I think it is a great start to learning any language. You can get it pretty cheap on Ebay, homeschool classifieds, etc.

 

As far as free resources, here are some for the languages you mentioned:

 

 

 

http://www.livemocha.com/ This is very visual, and it is free. It has German, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, as well as others. I don't know about Swahili, though. I really loved this site. It's fantastic.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/ I love this site for French and I'm sure it would be great for German as well.

 

http://www.learner.org/# I use the French in Action program. They also have a couple of Spanish programs. These are all video programs that teach you the language through immersion. They used to have German, but I didn't see it. This site would be good after you've been learning your language for a while. It is more advanced.

 

http://fsi-language-courses.org/Content.php This is the only site I know of that has Swahili for free. It is not visual, though, just audio.

 

That is all that I can think of for now. If you want to pm me about any of the programs, just feel free to ask.

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Personally, I like the Learnables. It is largely a kids curriculum, although the program can be used at any age. It is completely audio/visual. Personally, with my learning style, I have to learn to hear and understand a language before I try to read it. But that's just me. I was having a very hard time teaching myself French until I started using this program, and it is always my first recommendation. It won't teach you everything by any means, but I think it is a great start to learning any language. You can get it pretty cheap on Ebay, homeschool classifieds, etc.

 

As far as free resources, here are some for the languages you mentioned:

 

 

 

http://www.livemocha.com/ This is very visual, and it is free. It has German, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, as well as others. I don't know about Swahili, though. I really loved this site. It's fantastic.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/ I love this site for French and I'm sure it would be great for German as well.

 

http://www.learner.org/# I use the French in Action program. They also have a couple of Spanish programs. These are all video programs that teach you the language through immersion. They used to have German, but I didn't see it. This site would be good after you've been learning your language for a while. It is more advanced.

 

http://fsi-language-courses.org/Content.php This is the only site I know of that has Swahili for free. It is not visual, though, just audio.

 

That is all that I can think of for now. If you want to pm me about any of the programs, just feel free to ask.

 

I second the LiveMocha suggestion.

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Wow, thank you!!! I will be looking at these sites in the days to come! I may be back with more questions! :D

 

I just went to livemocha. That looks neat! Do you have to start paying for that after the first lesson?

 

I'll check out the other links soon. Thanks again VERY much!

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