<p>I have always respected people who know many languages. Why? Possibly has something to do with me living in Europe, the mixing pot of languages where rarely, if ever, does one know only one language. So here I am now, a freshman at college, hoping to add AT LEAST one more language to my library of languages (I'm currently bi-lingual, completely fluent in two languages (on of them being English)).
So my question would be, what are your suggestions for learning a language? I would love to learn as many as I can during my time in college, however, I want to learn them well, so that if I go to a country where the language is the primary language spoken I am able to engage in conversation without any problems. I've heard different suggestions. One is going through a year of a language at college and then adding study abroad or just rigorous self-study with books, movies, pen-pals etc. I'd like this method because that'd allow me to learn more than just one language! I am not sure how realistic of a method it is though. Another is, going through several levels of a language at college, for example, up to the 300 levels. My problem with this? I've heard people say that you can do that but still won't know the language that well.</p>
<p>Right now I'm learning German, and I know that it will be the primary language I focus on learning even if that means I don't have enough room in my schedule for other languages (because my major comes first of course!). I'd love to add French to German but that depends a lot on what feedback I read here on the methods of learning a language.</p>
<p>Thank you! :)</p>