Dear Amy: I want to learn a foreign language, but how do I choose which one? — Hannah, Denver, Colo.
Dear Hannah: Deciding to learn a new language is a big commitment, but it can also be fun. There are lots of things you should consider before choosing a language. Does your school offer any language classes? Most schools offer Spanish, French or even German classes. Taking a class has many advantages, because a teacher can help you pronounce new words, answer your questions and assign homework to practice the new language. Practicing is definitely important, and choosing a language you can use regularly will help you learn it better. For example, if you have friends who already speak Spanish, you’ll be able to practice with them.
You can also try listening to different languages and see which one appeals to you the most. Try out some basic phrases in many different languages at bbc.co.uk/languages/other/quickfix. If you can’t find a class for your desired language, there are other great options such as software or online classes. Choose the one that works best for you!
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