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How to Watch Movies to Improve Your Foreign Languages

How to Watch Movies to Improve Your Foreign Languages

Watching movies is a great way to improve your foreign languages Why? That’s simple. Movies are fun, emotional, dynamic, audiovisual, and use authentic language, in nearly any language you want to learn. You can start watching target language movies at any stage in your learning. However, I typically recommend using movies as learning materials at...
When Should You Start Speaking a Foreign Language?

When Should You Start Speaking a Foreign Language?

  Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free. – Jim Morrison In the human mind, there is one fear that has been shown to be more salient than any other. No, not the fear of death… …the fear of...
How Long Does It Take to Learn a Language?

How Long Does It Take to Learn a Language?

How long did it take you to learn Spanish? How long did it take you to learn Mandarin Chinese? How long does it take to learn a language?
 I get these questions all the time. As a learner of 13 languages, people often want to know just how long it takes to get it all...
Intensive vs. Extensive Reading

Intensive vs. Extensive Reading

Reading, despite being one of the four major skills of language learning, is one of the skills that is most often neglected by language learners. Aside from reading the words and phrases that are presented in textbooks, phrasebooks and grammar guides, most learners do not bother to regularly engage in reading native texts in any...
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....

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