If you've ever tried to learn a new language and couldn't get traction, or spend years in school learning a language you can't remember, Get Rich Slowly has a guide to helping you learn a new language on the cheap: learn the basics and start speaking to someone who knows the language as soon as possible.
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The core of the strategy is to study as much as you like, but to not get stuck in the "learning" phase, where you obsess over getting every detail right, conjugating verbs correctly, or making sure you know the right word for every scenario. Learn the essentials, understand you're not perfect, and start speaking the language to safe ears that will help you learn and refine your skills over time.
Get Rich Slowly also suggests checking your local library for books, guides, DVDs and audio programs to help you along the way, but in the end there's no substitute for practice and friendly ears to help you get over your fear and start learning. The entire post is an excellent guide to learning a new language affordably. Have you picked up a new language recently? How did you go about it? Share your tips in the comments.
How to Learn a Foreign Language Without Spending a Cent [Get Rich Slowly]