Once I was settled and ‘almost’ had a home, no water and electricity for a month, living in a tent for 3 months with no bathroom or kitchen had taken its toll a little. I decided now was a good time to start learning the language. So I did a little research and….
I was absolutely horrified at the task ahead. The alphabet looked like a group of shapes and backward letters,
the pronunciation was so far removed from anything I had ever heard and do not even get me started about the grammar!
So this begs the question……
When looking for a new online language teacher:
Native or non-native?
Most would automatically go for the native speaker. Understandably so. If you are looking to learn a new language for personal reasons, holidays and chatting with people on a basic level then yes, native speakers can instruct what is right or wrong, deliver perfect pronunciation, local dialect ‘fashionable terms’ and idioms used. However, unless they have a degree or qualification in their native tongue the chances are they are not competent in clarifying why something is wrong and will probably not have the perception of explaining why the language is structured the way it is.
So, your choice depends on your reasons for learning. There are pros and cons for each.
There are other important factors to consider, bear in mind the learning system used. Take advantage of a free trial; get a feel for the teacher:
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