5 Ways to Learn a Foreign Language without Investing Much

by Hugh Beaulac

Have you ever thought about learning a foreign language?

For a variety of reasons, many people want to speak more than one language as they know these skills open up many opportunities, including better career options. However, sometimes it's not the priority so we can't allocate a budget to spend money on the educational process.

Unless you have a strong desire to learn a foreign language, being on a tight budget is not a challenge.

Check out 5 ways that might help you obtain knowledge without investing much:

1. Change Your Phone Language

Living in a tech-centric world, we use gadgets regularly, and it can help you when you try to learn a new language. Passive learning is powerful, and changing your phone language (and all other gadgets you use daily) to that language is a surefire way to expand your vocabulary and accumulate your perceiving skills.

If you want to give this tip a try, change all your gadgets, social media accounts, and search browsers to this language. Using your gadgets on a daily basis, you will expand vocabulary with the help of passive learning.

2. Find Apps and Tools to Learn on the Go

Self-growth is a modern trend as people want to keep on obtaining knowledge and, therefore, being a better person. However, people live busy lifestyles so they're pressed for time to attend courses. Thus, mobile learning is booming, and a big number of educational apps and tools appear on the web.

Learning on the go is not just about saving time but money as well. Many companies launch their free online courses, and it's your chance to learn from top-notch educators.

3. Download a Collection of Books and Movies

The most pleasant lesson I've learned over the years of studying is that you can entertain while learning something new. For example, reading and watching in a foreign language are the ways to learn a language without putting much effort.

Most people would rather watch a movie than read a book it's based on, but both options are great for learners as you develop either listening or reading skills, enriching your vocabulary. Thus, no matter what you choose, whether reading books/journals, surfing websites, or watching movies/series, you can improve your foreign language skills without spending money.

4. Use Google Translate to Communicate with Foreign Colleagues

If you have to communicate with international coworkers, it's a good start to improve your foreign language as you need to keep in touch with them. The best way to start learning a foreign language with the help of foreign colleagues is to send emails. There are plenty translators on the web, and you can pick up the best one for you. As for me, Google Translate is a helpful option. Although they don't guarantee proper spelling, you can learn many new words and, therefore, write better letters.

5. Find Foreign Friends on Social Media

According to recent statistics, people spend more than 5 years using social media in a lifetime. If you want to make the most out of this habit, you can find foreign friends and establish a connection with them.

For example, chatting with a person who doesn't speak your language is an actionable way to learn to express your thoughts and ideas even if you have a fear of speaking a foreign language. Moreover, the more you communicate and practice, the better your skills are. Thus, don't miss an opportunity to win a foreign friend.

If you're dreaming about learning a foreign language but you don't have enough money to enroll in world's best universities, try inexpensive ways to boost your knowledge.

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About the writer

Hugh Beaulac is a recent grad who is interested in achieving success. He runs MC2 blog as he wants to help other people obtain knowledge. Having many ESL friends, he shares tips on learning a foreign language.


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