In a previous post, I shared with you the languages important to the industry of fashion. Look, I know you may not have the time to sit in a class or the funds to pay for a private tutor. Nonetheless, learning another language makes you more valuable, period! It has been proven that fashion professionals who know another language are in a better position to succeed professionally.
So, without further adieu, I will share 5 free or relatively inexpensive options to learn a foreign language.
Duolingo is THE most popular mobile app for learning foreign languages! There are vocabulary practice drills as well as listen and repeat exercises. This app monitors your progress and sends you daily practice reminders.
#2 FRENCH WITH ALEXA
J'adore French With Alexa! If you want to learn French specifically, this is for you. Much of her training is via her free YouTube channel where she shows off her funny and charming personality. Alexa teaches vocabulary, takes the time to explain verbs or word context and helps with pronunciation which, in French can be very tricky. In addition, her lessons are an average of 10-15 minutes long. An annual subscription is available for beginners for $89 that includes podcasts, live lessons, audio & video content plus downloadable guides. French with Alexa definitely makes learning the language fun!
#3 FLUENT U
Fluent U is a useful website that teaches a host of languages with slightly different techniques than the others. It targets both oral and visual aspects of learning through media. You can watch mini commercials and short videos in your target language to get the flow or rate of speech. There are many elements that are free. However, some options require a monthly subscription. Subscriptions start as low as $10 per month after the 15 day free-trial period.
Memrise is truly the best of both worlds. There is so much free content that you can get by without a monthly subscription. On the other hand, the cost is such a steal ($4.95 per month) it's worth it! All of your work and progress can be shared from your computer to your tablet and mobile phone.
Italki offers one option that the others don't, free tutoring and paid live chat sessions with native speakers who are professional educators for a relatively low cost, starting between $7-10 USD per hour.
Kwiziq has a strong focus on the written aspects of all languages as well as grammar which in certain languages (I'm talking about French) is très important! Quite a bit of the material is free, including up to 10 quizzes per month. The subscriptions are a bit pricey at $23 bucks per month, but you can get a membership at $11 per month, if you pay the annual fee in advance.
Have you always wanted to learn another language? Share your thoughts. Follow me on Quora for answers to fashion related questions, Facebook for fashion images and information, Pinterest for fashion education as well as style inspiration & Instagram for style, business tips and life through my eyes as a fashion solopreneur.