Owns 'FoodLit'. Highly qualified, established food & lifestyle writer, former restaurateur, founder professional writing business, Articul8. Long, diverse writing history, passion for food culture, the land & inspired food language.www.foodlit.com.au
Published May 13th 2010
Parlez vous Francais? Come stai? Guten morgen! If you don't 'entiende' (understand) what I'm on about, then maybe its time to brush up on your foreign language skills online with the BBC's beginners' language courses in French, Italian, German or Spanish – absolutely free.
All you need is an internet connection and a keen desire to roll some r's in the Latin-based languages (also known as the Romance languages), or get good and gutteral in German.
By the end of 12 weeks and after a short assessment, you'll receive an official BBC certificate and will be impressing your friends and family with your newly acquired skills.
First things first though. There are six courses to choose from, four beginners' courses, as well as La France and Mi Vida Loca for post-beginners. If you're just starting out, do the beginners' course first.
You take the course online as well as subscribe to receive weekly emails giving you plenty of tips and encouragement. Each course provides loads of very helpful information, like pronunciation tips, slideshows and videos shot on location for added romance.
Once your certificate is hanging proudly on the wall, you can sign up for further studies in the language you started with, or try your hand – or tongue – at Greek, Portuguese, Chinese or a whole host of other languages, including Urdu, a living language spoken by 490 million people around the world, with around 1 million of them residing in the UK. Fascinating, huh!