Is it possible to teach yourself a new language?
... without taking a language course or private lessons, just on your own, in your own country?
I believe it could be done if one used a computer program or DVD course, but I've never attempted to do that myself. I have a great nephew who's starting to teach himself another language on his computer and he's only 10 years old!
There are a lot of really good resources on the Internet. Rosetta Stone is also a wonderful option.
of course. the majority of us are not able to, but many babies do it everyday. it is very difficult to do it own your own, but certainly not impossible. however, the majority of speaking language correctly is the subtle nuances that come with speaking a language. things like what emphasis to put on what syllable in a word or how to roll your "r"s. these are things that cannot be taught.
the english language has a lot of slang when we speak. other languages have this same thing that you wont get from teaching yourself a new language.
the answer is yes you can. though, professional instruction will give you many things you may have missed out on. self instruction like the Rosetta Stone is a great way to teach yourself a new language.
Absolutely, I did it for 2 semesters. I had a Spanish teacher who expected everyone to already have a basic understanding of it and only spoke Spanish in class. These were both introductory courses mind you. So I had to teach myself the course using the textbook and web program that came with it. The book we used was VIDA if anyone happens to be interested. It was very effective and explained things well enough. I'm sure there are better ones out there. I've yet to try Rosetta Stone, but I've got a few friends who used it to learn basic Mandarin Chinese. Both were college aged, so it can be done.
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