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From B to C: Part II - 5 Strategies for Conquering the Intermediate Plateau

From B to C: Part II – 5 Strategies for Conquering the Intermediate Plateau

When learning a language, there is one thing that truly separates the good from the great: the Intermediate Plateau. In the last article in this series, we discussed at length what it means to be fluent and proficient across each of the four major language skills. The intermediate plateau is the gap between those skill...
From B to C: Part I - How to Become Proficient in Any Language

From B to C: Part I – How to Become Proficient in Any Language

Fluency. It’s the biggest buzzword in all of language learning. If you don’t have it, you want it, and if you have it—well, you’ve made it! For some, this word simply means capability, an ability to listen, speak, read, and/or write in a language without much difficulty. For others, the word implies mastery, nothing less...
Niespodziewana szansa: moja pierwsza książka!

Niespodziewana szansa: moja pierwsza książka!

“Aby wykorzystać nieoczekiwane możliwości, musimy pozostawać dostępni”. – S. Truett Cathy   Z moich poszukiwań językowych zrodziło się wiele podróży, które odbyłem w czasie mojego życia.   Pierwsza podróż, która rozpoczęła się dwadzieścia pięć lat temu, była poszukiwaniem odpowiedzi na pytanie, jak uczyć się języków, a także w jaki sposób utkać z nich materiał, którym...
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An Unexpected Opportunity: My First Book!

An Unexpected Opportunity: My First Book!

“To take advantage of unexpected opportunities, we must leave ourselves available” – S.Truett Cathy  My pursuit of languages has taken me on a number of journeys throughout the course of my life. The first journey, which began twenty-five years ago, was to learn how to learn languages, and how to weave them into the fabric...
Can you master more than seven languages?

Can you master more than seven languages?

A few years ago, I found myself posting on a popular language learning forum. I always have a good time discussing the innumerable facets of language learning with anyone willing to listen and share, and this was no exception. As I was reading through the day’s postings, I came across a thread centered around an...
How to use translation to learn a language

How to use translation to learn a language

One of the most prevalent beliefs among language learners nowadays is that when you’re trying to learn a new language, your native tongue should be relied on as little as possible. According to this belief, the language you grew up with is often a form of “negative interference” when trying to acquire new ones, and...
5 Ways that foreign languages can enrich your life - Robin MacPherson

5 Ways that foreign languages can enrich your life – Robin MacPherson

Robin MacPherson is a good friend of mine as well as an amazing language learner and human being. He wrote a very interesting piece for my blog on how languages have changed his life, and how they can change your life as well. In this article you will also find a video of his incredible...
Can you really learn a language in an hour?

Can you really learn a language in an hour?

“Peak performance is dependent on passion, grit, determination, and a willingness to do something poorly until you can do it well.” – Zig Ziglar, *Better Than Good* If the Internet is any indication, the speed at which it is possible to learn a language is getting shorter and shorter. One year. Six months. Three months....
Proficiency and fluency (fluent with what you have Part 2) - Anthony Lauder

Proficiency and fluency (fluent with what you have Part 2) – Anthony Lauder

A lot of people confuse proficiency with fluency. Fluency is, of course, a controversial word. For some people it means being mistaken for a native speaker. For others it means being able to understand and discuss a wide variety of topics. In fact, the word fluency comes from the Latin root meaning “flow”. Indeed, if...
Proficiency: how to measure language learning progress (fluent with what you have Part 1) - Anthony Lauder

Proficiency: how to measure language learning progress (fluent with what you have Part 1) – Anthony Lauder

Anthony Lauder is a brit currently living in Prague and a friend of mine. I started watching his videos about language learning a few years ago and what has always struck me about Anthony is his intelligence, kindness, humour and knowledge. I stayed at his place when I was in Prague in April 2016 and...
How to plan to learn two languages at once

How to plan to learn two languages at once

In all my years learning languages, I had never been more excited   It was September 2015. I had come up with a brand-new language project, and I couldn’t wait to tell the world about it. I, Luca Lampariello, was about to embark on the herculean task of learning two languages at the same time:...
How to fall in love with a language

How to fall in love with a language

My Relationship Status       A few weeks ago, I invited some friends to my apartment to play a game of Risk.   It was cold and rainy outside, so I felt that playing the exciting strategy-based board game would be a great way to spend the evening with friends.   The first to...

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