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Pros and Cons of Online vs In-Person Language Classes


Language classes are an expensive proposition, and yet you can’t really become fluent in another language without spending solid time every week practicing. It’s important to find the best balance between immersion and formal studies to ensure that your efforts will lead to fluency – not just a few phrases here and there.

The internet has opened up several new ways of doing things: online shopping, online banking, and now even taking online classes! There is no need to sacrifice either your time or money any longer with online language courses offered by websites like Rosetta Stone and Duolingo. These types of sites give you the most flexibility when it comes to learning languages because they’re available anywhere in the world at any time! You can take advantage of having all the resources of the internet at your fingertips while also exploring different languages and cultures across the world.

Language Trainers tells us that the great thing about taking online language courses is that you can learn from anywhere in the world, at any time, without having to worry about things like childcare or traffic. If you prefer a more structured learning environment, there are many other options available to help you achieve fluency including online tutoring services. Not only do these services give you access to native speakers and teachers for help with grammar and accent reduction, but they also offer affordable rates!

Although taking classes over the internet offers many benefits, not everyone is excited about this latest trend in education. Some people prefer face-face interactions with their fellow classmates and professors. Sitting in a classroom for several hours each day can be incredibly taxing and time–consuming, but if you’re the type of person who thrives on face-to-face interactions it’s worth it! You also don’t have to worry about transportation or childcare expenses.

The bottom line: like most things in life, there are pros and cons associated with online vs in-person language classes.

Pros of online classes:

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Accessible from anywhere in the world, at any time

Affordable and accessible for all budgets and learning rates

If you’ve got a fast or slow learning rate, there’s something to fit just about anyone’s needs!

Cons of online classes:

No face-to-face interaction with classmates and professors.

Pros of in-person classes:

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A somewhat rigid schedule allows students to balance language class with work/school/life responsibilities. 

Face-to-face interactions with classmates can be very beneficial depending on your personality type. 

Depending on location, transportation costs may be covered by local government schools. 

Cons of in-person classes?

In-person learning environments can be laxer about time management.

Face-to-face interactions may be tedious or overwhelming depending on your personality type.

The great thing is that whether you choose online classes, face-to-face classes, or a combination of both, you’re guaranteed to improve! It’s important to find what balance between all methods works best for you and stick with it so that you can overcome language barriers and enjoy the culture of the language as well as the benefits associated with fluency!

How hard is it to learn a language?

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How hard is it to learn a language? What about one that’s further away from English, like say Finnish?

It depends on who you ask. For the most part, people will say that learning any second language is really difficult. Just look at all of the vocabulary lists available on the internet! If you were able to memorize every word by the time you finished your first year of school, we would be amazed.

But if you ask us how easy it is for me to speak fluent Finnish after only three years of trying, then our answer would be very different. It wasn’t easy in the beginning because you need to give up speaking anything but English maybe. And you need to completely let yourself go under that language.

For example, the ideal case would be learning the basics and then let’s say going back to school for a few months and studying at Uni.

What makes difficult languages difficult?

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Words like “easier” and “harder” are relative. But we can say these languages are easier: Spanish, Italian, French…

What makes difficult languages such as Finnish (and let’s say Russian) hard? It depends on who you ask. Some people would tell you that it’s a different writing system while others will say it is because of the tonality of the language which gives an extra difficulty to learn to understand spoken words. And some might even go so far and say that learning a language without word order would be easier than comparing English and German! But in general, what makes learning this kind of language so much more difficult than other European tongues? It usually comes down to the following:

The lack of cognates (words similar to English), in comparison with Spanish and Italian for example, makes it harder to guess words and derive meaning from the context in a new language. Cognates help in learning vocabulary faster and understanding sentences easier.

Grammar rules are often more complicated than languages like Spanish or French. For instance, you can’t just add an “-s” at the end of the word in English, but in Finnish, you not only add an extra “-s,” but also change some letters according to vowel harmony…

You usually won’t find many online resources when learning this type of language because they’re usually much less popular so people don’t put much effort into making learning tools. Also, it’s harder to find native materials for these languages because you usually have to go in person to learn them.

But whatever the difficulties, nothing can stop us! The hardest part is just getting started. Once you open that door everything else will be easier. And once you’ve opened one door, the language becomes much less difficult even though you can’t express everything in it.

Don’t let language difficulties stop you! And remember: any language is worth learning because each of them has its own beauty and culture.