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Some Low Cost Ways to Learn English

April 22nd, 2008

Even though there are numerous methods for translating items in English into your native language, you may feel it is necessary to learn English. Among other things, you may find that search engine, or Babel based translations result in confusing translations, or ones that make no sense. At the same time, you may be finding it difficult to fit English lessons into your budget. Fortunately, there are a number of resources available to help you.

Local Schools

Each year, schools stop using thousands of perfectly good textbooks. If you know that English is being taught at a local school, you may want to visit the headmaster and ask if he/she will allow you to borrow a few books. Or, you may want to ask if you can purchase books that are due to be discarded at the end of the year. That said, if you have access to the internet, there are many other options for you to consider.

Computer Based Tools

As you may be aware, the Windows operating system is used by people that speak all different languages. All of these computers still contain information about the characters necessary to write in these languages. Therefore, if you want to learn English, you may want to adjust your computer so that it displays information using the English alphabet. That said, it is important to realize that the computer cannot translate for you.

Software Programs

There are many programs that will help you learn basic English. If you cannot afford to purchase these programs brand new, you may be able to locate second hand items. As an example, you may want to look on Ebay. Amazon.com also has a wide variety of second hand items that you can choose from. While you are shopping, you may also want to pick up some books that are written in English.

Online Tutorials and Dictionaries

Today, there are hundreds of web authors that have elected to share some of their experience and information about the English language. Many of them offer internet based programs that you can use to learn and practice English. In addition, there are also many very good dictionaries that will help you translate from your native language into English.

As may be expected, each webmaster will present information in a slightly different way. If you find one site confusing, it is important not to get discouraged. Chances are there are other sites available that will be more understandable. You may also want to try writing to the webmaster and seeing if that individual is willing to answer any questions that you might have.

Many people want learn English, but may feel that they do not have access to the necessary materials. Fortunately, the internet has placed the ability to learn almost any language within the grasp of anyone that can access the sites housing the materials. On the other hand, if you feel a need to have paper based materials or tapes, there are also materials available that may fit into your budget.