But how can I learn Pali? I mean are there free resources on the web that can help me learn Pali well enough to be able to understand a sufficient amount of any sutta?
Not everythiong can be free, but they can be inexpensive. A.K. Warder's INTRODUCTION TO PALI can be gotten fairly cheaply, and it would be enough, if you worked through it all, to read sutta Pali. There are enough other resources on the web to assist your learning. If you are serious about it, your could manage this 2-3 years (or a bit longer, depending).
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” HPatDH p.723