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Tim E. Husk
1/19/2012 11:37:00 AM
What would you pay for an accredited nine week evening course (or equivalent hours for a weekend course) in a foreign language?

Bear in mind that one semester of college language courses will run you several thousand dollars just about anywhere.

What would be a 'good deal'?
What would be too much?
tom.
1/19/2012 11:39:00 AM
for me? $0 and $0.
xAJDELAWAREx
1/19/2012 11:39:00 AM
Have you tried the self teaching routhe via Rosetta Stone and such?
Davey.
1/19/2012 11:40:00 AM
I'm pretty sure he is planning on teaching rather than learning
Tim E. Husk
1/19/2012 11:41:00 AM
lol yeah. I'm considering staring a low-key language school.

Rosetta Stone is for idiots.
xAJDELAWAREx
1/19/2012 11:42:00 AM
Ohhh ok. I thought you were looking to attend a course.

Also - Rosetta Stone has been working for me thus far, (and is mad pirated) so nothing and nothing as well.
Tim E. Husk
1/19/2012 11:46:00 AM
Rosetta Stone is well-intentioned, but it only goes so far. You cannot learn a language via 'immersion' methods without actual immersion.

There is a grammar wall that can't be crossed without either an actual course with human feedback or self-study in the grammar-translation method or others that don't use computers. I could go on all day about it, but I'll just note that fast and easy language learning is like fast and easy weight loss/getting ripped - it doesn't work in the long term and makes a lot of people easy money with gimmicky products.
xAJDELAWAREx
1/19/2012 11:49:00 AM
Eh, at the same time, I had about 6 years of Spanish, and pretty much (prior to RS) could only ask basic questions. Its all depends on how people learn.

Just my opinion, different strokes for different folks.
Jess.
1/19/2012 11:51:00 AM
Honestly - I really think this is something that businesses would pay for and enroll their employees in, rather than individuals seeking out and paying for.

That being said, for nine weeks, I'd assume the average business would pay around $3000.
Davey.
1/19/2012 11:58:00 AM
I did an intensive advanced Spanish grammar course when I was living in Spain but I have no idea how much it was supposed to cost. I'll try to find out for you.
Tim E. Husk
1/19/2012 11:58:00 AM
Good to know.

It would be multi-purpose if I could get some kind of accreditation deal. I would be poaching college students who just want to get certified, move on with other things, and save money.

Business clients would be a different story.
-Jeremy-
1/19/2012 11:59:00 AM
$420.00 seems reasonable.
John Barlow
1/19/2012 11:59:00 AM
Your average big business will have a language hotline to dial if you are having difficulty communicating with someone. With the language instruments that are prevalent today, fluency is little more than a salary booster.
Tim E. Husk
1/19/2012 12:00:00 PM
Originally posted by: xAJexDELAWAREx

Eh, at the same time, I had about 6 years of Spanish, and pretty much (prior to RS) could only ask basic questions. Its all depends on how people learn.

Just my opinion, different strokes for different folks.

Was almost all of that in high school?
xAJDELAWAREx
1/19/2012 12:05:00 PM
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Soph + JR yr of college.

I'm sure it would be different now, and obviously someone doing a course and paying for it that way would be far more motivated, versus it being a requirement.

Its whatever dude. If theres a market for a class where you are at, go for it.
Tim E. Husk
1/19/2012 12:14:00 PM
Just curious. I hate to say it because mine were great, but the majority of high school language teachers are awful.