Over the next few posts I’ll be taking a look at different ways of learning a language – from a classroom setting to using modern technology such as podcasts .

Whilst by no means a definitive list of pros and cons of each method, it’s a good starting point for those considering committing to a new language.

Before considering each method, it’s worthwhile putting some thought into what you want to get out of the course – conversational skills to be able to converse with family members? A few words to take you through a foreign holiday? An understanding of business speak to aid in work transactions?

Your reason for learning will of course impact on which method(s) you choose and how much you can commit.

First up – the class.