I am starting to learn a new language. My aim is to be able to read simple written news reports, follow television or radio news bulletins and hold simple conversations. In the long term, I may hope to achieve one of the lower levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. I would like to learn modern and practical aspects of the language. My aim is not to become perfect in spelling or grammar or learn old or literary forms of the language. I can read the alphabet of the language, so this is not something I need to learn.
I have previous experience of language learning and work professionally in two languages, can read general and technical texts in a third and have some knowledge of other languages. But I have always started learning a language in a formal environment.
I cannot take a physical course or travel to the area in which the language is spoke for long periods due to my family and work commitments. These commitments also mean that I would probably not be able to keep up with a formal online course running within a fixed time frame. This is because some weeks are very full and just do not leave any time for studying. In other weeks, I expect to have the following time available:
- four periods of 20 minutes without internet connectivity or desk space (on public transport).
- four periods of 20 minutes with a tablet with internet connectivity (in the evening, so I will be tired).
- one period of 60 minutes at a desk with a laptop computer and internet connectivity.
I have bought a text book, but feel that the content is old fashioned. I have started reading the text book on public transport, watching online videos (youtube) in the evening and listening to recordings of children's songs when time allows.
I hope to buy a bilingual dictionary soon. Other resources do not have to be free. I can spend a modest amount of money (say 100 euros a year).
I would like to read about strategies for independent language learning with these aims and practical constraints. I am particularly interested in how I can use the 60 minutes study time to tie the other aspects together.