How/When did you learn a new language, any tips?

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http://crunchbanglinux.org – I am desperate to learn a language. I only speak English and quite frankly, it's embarrassing, makes me feel ignorant that most people here know my language and I only know my own!I started learning French on Duolingo (thanks Rhowaldt for the idea!) but I am finding it quite hard.I just wanted to know, did you learn English at school? if not then when and how did you?Or any other second and third languages that you know?Thanks :) (HowTos)