Originally published on Inc.


Learning a new language can enrich your life in ways you wouldn’t expect, but it still sounds intimidating, doesn’t it? Kids seem to pick up on new languages so easily, but once you’re a bit older… well, it’s tough to learn new skills in general.

And it can be expensive, too. There are a ton of costly options, from online courses to night school to full college or university courses.

What you may want to try first is a free online course. There are some great options ranging from beginner and intro-level courses to conversational courses, to comprehensive ones that will leave you fluent in the language of your choice. These free courses let you dip your toes in the pool, in a sense, to see if you really want to invest your time in learning this new language.