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Parlez-vous français? ¿Hablas español? Parli italiano? Well, you'll be able to speak a little bit of each after watching these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- A lesson plan
- Social networking
- Foreign films
- A foreign dictionary
- Slang (optional)
Find a program
Choose a program. Options include instructional CDs or software, online courses, adult-education classes, language-immersion courses, and private tutors.
Put in the time
Put in the time. You need to devote at least one hour a day to study.
If possible, spend at least a few months living where the language you're learning is the native tongue; being totally immersed is the best way to pick it up.
Use social networking
If a sabbatical abroad is out of the question, use online social networking to hone your skills. There are entire web sites devoted to matching up people who want to practice a language with native speakers.
Watch foreign films
Watch foreign films in the language you're studying. It's an entertaining way to get in some extra lessons and learn correct pronunciation.
Get a dictionary
Get a foreign dictionary and memorize the nouns and verbs you'll most likely use -- they're often different from the ones taught in audio recordings and textbooks.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes while you're learning. Most people will just be impressed that you're making the effort.