Learning Languages: at School or on Your Own?


The vacation plans for the summer have been forged, the flight is booked. You still have a few months’ time. By then, you would like to be able to ask the way to the beach using excellent language skills.

Or perhaps you would like to acquire some additional language skills for your job in order to score points with the boss at the next company dinner with one or the other charming anecdote about Paris or Berlin.

As you search for the right language course, you will be made all kinds of promises: New and innovative methods are designed to turn every newcomer into an effective conversational partner in no time at all.

But what is important when learning a new foreign language? And what works better: a classic language course or self-study?

In this article we compare both variants for you, so that you can decide for yourself.

The good intention: Language school registration

Enrolling in time for a language course is a great idea, but sometimes it does not make you as ready for conversation while on vacation as you had hoped for at first.

Unfortunately, language courses are often the same as registering at the fitness center: Once a week Pilates calms the conscience, but does not bring out a washboard stomach from behind the latest Christmas sins.

The supposed pressure to learn, which a classroom visited weekly promises you, often leads to the side effect that you only occupy yourself with the new language during the course hours.

But if you also want to get into conversation abroad, what you have learned must be right. An online course offers you a little more leeway when it comes to timing.

If you find it difficult to concentrate on learning for several hours in a row, you can decide online when the next lesson is due. The workload appears to be less and the motivation to learn is then easier.

Group dynamics or rather self-direction?

In language schools, most courses are offered for several students at the same time. This promotes dynamism and gives you the opportunity to practice communicating directly with your fellow students in the target language.

However, depending on the language you choose, there may be times when demand is high and you may need to compete for the teacher's attention.

It is therefore always a good idea to ask the language school in advance whether there is a limit on the number of participants. Because, if your teacher has the opportunity to respond to all his students individually, you will also feel well looked after and enjoy learning.

But not everyone learns effectively in groups. If you are one of those who like to work on individual tasks at their own pace, and preferably with a cup of coffee in their hands, relaxed from the sofa at home, then this does not mean that you will make slower progress.

Even if you sit alone in front of the screen during an online lesson, it is possible to learn a new language just as quickly as in the classroom. You can always start your next workout when you have found a really quiet moment and your brain is most receptive.

Mastering time management

For many, the main problem is to find the time necessary to learn a new language.

Whether alongside your college coursework, work or in the midst of a hectic family life: The weekly visit to a physical classroom is often not as easy to squeeze into your plans as initially thought.

The advantage of language courses here is that they require a fixed date on the calendar. Only entered, it will probably be easier for you to really notice the appointments.

However, if your everyday life does not give you a few hours off at a time, the Internet has a number of alternatives.

If you go online, you can also use spontaneously-free minutes directly for language learning. With a mobile app, you decide when and where you want to learn and which workload suits your everyday rhythm.

For example, if you can give Linguajet your full attention, you will actively understand the meaning of the new words and during the next round of jogging, the texts will work their way intuitively into your subconscious via MP3s. In this case, you can even spontaneously convert waiting for a delayed bus into learning time.

Clarifying the cost issue

Some people not only see the way to a language course as an obstacle, but also the costs are often decisive.

With direct price comparison, the fees for a language school course are usually far higher than the online version. Of course, you will be provided with a trained teacher in front of the desk and a complete classroom.

In addition to the elimination of travel costs, you pay correspondingly less online, but still receive all materials made available on the web.

However, we often know our ability to summon up will power only too well and know that without the necessary motivation no click is done by itself.

Ensure motivation with rapid learning success

The best reason to continue learning are of course the successes already achieved.

At the language school, however, you often apply what you have learned only sporadically. It is not unusual for the oral part to be missed out due to lack of time. In the end, you memorize all the vocabulary of the lesson, but then you are only able to sit with and stare at the waiter in Toulouse when it comes to ordering the afternoon coffee.

In our online course on Linguajet we would therefore like to use the Birkenbihl method to ensure immediate learning success and keep your motivation on the ball with regular success experiences.

Whereas we had to learn vocabulary and grammar rules at school first, Linguajet teaches you the actual use and practice of the new language intuitively from the very first moment.

Nightmare: homework

If you decide to take a course in a language school, it is usually difficult enough for you to place the required hours in your weekly schedule. But to successfully master a new language, it is not enough to deal with the material only once every 7 days.

In order to make it easier to compare the results and to be able to communicate directly with the other students in the next lesson, you should usually prepare or follow up written exercises.

Are you already under time pressure? Then you will probably not have a satisfying learning experience and will quickly lose the fun of learning the new language.

An online course from Linguajet aims to counteract precisely this stress factor. Although you learn every day, you only have to plan ten minutes for each session, as your brain processes the information you have just received for about seven minutes after training anyway.

Just like as a child you will develop a completely natural feeling for the new language through constant listening and will also master the correct pronunciation much faster afterwards than learners who have only dealt with pure vocabulary and grammar exercises.

Make the right choice

Now you know the pros and cons of language schools and online courses like Linguajet.

Depending on what you value and what your time and financial budget looks like, you can now decide: 

  • What suits you and your needs better?
  • What will motivate you more?
  • How do you feel more comfortable?
  • How do you reach your goal faster and easier?

And, if you're still unsure: Try both options before making your decision. Linguajet offers you free introductory lessons.

 

 

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