I've been considering learning (Quebec) french for a while now. I stopped taking formal french lessons at school two years ago because I wanted to accomodate other classes, but I've always, in the back of my mind, wanted to learn french.
But is there an effective, preferable free, way to learn a language without taking formal lessons?
I've heard of people learning to read, write, and speak english using these techniques with good results.
-Watching TV or DVD's (i.e. setting the language setting on a favourite DVD to whatever language you want to learn, or watching a TV channel in the language you want to learn, a little bit each day (30 minutes)
-Reading articles (i.e. reading an online newspaper or blog in the desired language daily). Once skills improve, reading a short story or novel could be beneficial.
-Joining message boards/forums (but only once you can actually write decent sentances. This would get a lot of practice if its a topic you enjoy)
-Setting the language setting on a video game to the desired language (only really helps if the game has a good amount of writing in it and if you enjoy the game).
-Listning to music in the desired language
What are your opinions on these techniques? What do you think the best way to learn a language is?
If I can find an interesting, fun way to gradually learn french, I'll probably do it.