Knowing more than one language is a huge advantage in today's world. You will find that being fluent in more languages increases your earning potential, and opens more doors for you in your career. A basic liberal arts degree with an emphasis in languages can help you get on your way to becoming a true linguist. Many of these degrees are available online through distance learning programs. You can learn a variety of languages without ever setting foot in an actual classroom.
Distance learning is becoming increasingly popular, and you may find it is the perfect fit for you. Traditionally, languages were taught in a classroom setting with an instructor who was fluent in the language. Students and the instructor would talk in the language, and read materials to learn the language. Online schools have changed this set-up and allowed you to learn languages in a less traditional method. You can watch videos of native speakers on your own computer to learn the language, and then apply what you have learned to your coursework. Online courses help you learn languages through verbal, visual and auditory methods, which makes learning a language easier. Many online programs allow you to participate in video conferences with native speakers or other classmates to practice your accent as well.
The most popular languages to learn today are Mandarin, Japanese, French and Spanish. All of these help you communicate with a variety of people, which is especially important for companies that do business overseas. Arabic and Farsi are also important languages that are growing in popularity, especially with the relations between the United States and the Middle East being so tenuous at times. Having a degree that emphasizes languages puts you at the forefront of the linguist movement, and you may even learn less popular languages, such as Greek, that are useful in other ways.