Language learning is a different beast from what it was in the past. In this day and age you can fit ALL of the best language learning tools in your backpack and take them with you everywhere you go. For anyone serious about learning another language I think this is the best way to acomplish whatever goal you’re trying to reach. Expecially for people with really busy schedules that don’t have time for a regular class.
This is how you can set things up:
A CD player for listening.
A PDA for flashcards (and other language tools ie dictionary).
The language book/s you’re studying.
And a trusty notepad and pen/pencil
Digital camera for taking pictures of things you don’t understand.
A recorder to record things you don’t understand (usually built into a PDA).
What else do you need? The only other missing element is time to actually use what you’ve learned. This can easily be accomplished with a private tutor or a language exchange.
The reason I’m writing all of this is because I’m thinking about being a “Language Consultant”. My clients would hire me to help them create a method for language learning (make flashcards, find books to use, etc.)
What do you guys think? Would you use such a service?
All I know is I see a lot of people throw money away on language (English and Chinese) classes that get them no where (fast).