There are something like 6,000 to 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, most of which are associated with texts of some form or another. That’s an astonishing number of possibilities for people wanting to communicate with each other. Of course, learning languages other than one’s own mother-tongue, comes with a set of unique challenges. Fortunately, there are many good quality courses available on the Internet. We have reviewed several for different languages, and present them below. We are confident you will find the appropriate one for you!
- Learn Hebrew – Hebrew is recognized as one of the oldest languages in the world and an essential language for fully understanding the Bible. It is also one of the first languages to record an alphabet. So whether one wants to learn Hebrew in order to study the Bible, or one wants to converse with native speakers in Israel and other parts of the world, learning Hebrew will be a rewarding experience. There are various hurdles to surmount, however, for a person whose mother-tongue is English (or, indeed, any other language). Nevertheless, they can all be overcome with diligence and perseverance, and, of course, the right on-line program!
- Learn German – German is the official language of four major countries – Germany, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland – and the two lesser populated countries, Luxembourg and Lichtenstein. In Europe alone, there are more than 90 million people whose mother-tongue is German, and many more millions of people who speak German fluently. There are lots of words in German that are spelt exactly the same (or with minor variations) as in English, although there are differences in grammar. Nevertheless, learning German in general is not as difficult as trying to learn other languages, European or otherwise. The great thing about German is that the rules for correctly pronouncing the written language are exceptionally consistent – very unlike English! Spoken well, German is a wonderful language to listen to and to participate in.