Council of Europe and the European Union for the European Year of Languages provide a guide to learning languages;
if it's only a few words, you'll get a warmer welcome when
you travel on holiday or business.
And if you persevere, you'll find new doors opening all the time:
you'll meet new people and new ways of thinking, perhaps improve
your career prospects. And you'll get a real feeling of achievement.
What is more, Europe is a great place to learn languages, with so
many language communities and so many cultures living close
THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO DO
- Learn for personal satisfaction?
- Understand a different culture?
- Communicate at work (on the phone, at meetings, welcoming visitors)?
- Get a better job?
- Speak with friends or family?
- Get by on a short visit abroad?
- Read newspapers?
- Use the Internet?
PLAN YOUR LANGUAGE LEARNING IN A WAY THAT SUITS YOU
AND YOUR DAILY ROUTINE. THAT WAY, YOU?LL DO BETTER.
- How much time can you devote each week?
- Can you organise a regular study timetable?
- What resources do you have - cassette recorder, computer, video etc.?
- Where can you get hold of learning materials ? libraries, bookshops, news stands with foreign papers and magazines, internet sites, satellite television..?
HOW AND WHERE DO YOU WANT TO LEARN?
- Quickly and intensively OR over a longer period of time
- With friends / in a group OR on your own
- Self-study / distance learning OR with a teacher
- At work OR at home
- In your country of residence OR abroad
AND WHAT SORT OF METHODS AND MATERIALS WOULD SUIT
YOU? FOR EXAMPLE:
- Conversation lessons with a native speaker
- Listening to tapes while travelling
- Using a textbook
- Reading newspapers and magazines
- Using the Internet
- Using CD ROMs
- Watching videos
- Concentrating on speaking practice
- Concentrating on grammar exercises
This Guide was jointly produced by the Council of Europe and the European
Union for the European Year of Languages 2001.
The success of the Year led the Council of Europe to declare a European
Day of Languages held each year on 26 September.