By Eric A. Taub
Learning a language sometimes seems as difficult as dieting. The solution is to figure out how to stay interested after the novelty wears off.
To counter boredom, online language programs have introduced crossword puzzles, interactive videos and other games to reward users for making progress.
Online courses are either fee-based, free or a combination. Starter kits of fee-based programs may cost just a few hundred dollars, but the cost to reach higher levels of comprehension and speaking can easily be $1,000.