Yet, there are a multitude of FREE language-learning resources online. I remember learning Chinese in the 1980s from cassettes of the State Department's famous Foreign Language School (or Institute?) course. It cost about $300 at the time. Now almost all these taxpayer-funded language courses are available free online.
Let's see how many great reasons we can come up with for why so many people pay for language learning when there are top-notch lessons available at no cost.
This is an instructive example whose lessons carry over to so many other subject areas.
I'll start the list...
* Some people don't know there are free resources available online.
* Many people need personal one-on-one or small-group instruction to learn a language.
* Some people want to learn specialized vocabulary only (Spanish for travelers, Vietnamese for healthcare workers)
Please add to the list!