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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...
How to learn the hardest languages

How to learn the hardest languages

“I can’t learn that language. It’s too hard for me” Have you ever had that thought? Have you ever believed a language to be out of your reach, simply because it looked too difficult, or others told you that it was so? I’ve felt that way many times. And unfortunately it was that very thought...
10 Things about NY and 10 Important life lessons I have learned

10 Things about NY and 10 Important life lessons I have learned

Introduction On the 8th of October 2015 at 6:30 P.M local time, I finally landed on the runway of JFK airport, in New York. It was my first time on the American continent. After 34 years, I had finally made it to the country that began to fascinate me  when I was a teenager and...
How to learn vocabulary efficiently without flashcards

How to learn vocabulary efficiently without flashcards

I love Paris, and I try to go back there as much as I can. In December 2014, I was there for my birthday and I was glad to see some old friends. One of them was Zaur, a Chechnian guy studying in Paris. One night he introduced me to Julien, a friend of his...
Saeko in Rome (3/3): 7 tips to make the most of a friend's stay for language learning

Saeko in Rome (3/3): 7 tips to make the most of a friend’s stay for language learning

The day after I woke up a little groggy, given the fact that we had drunk a bit too much the night before. The weather was incredible. Neither hot, nor cold. Rome just before spring is a sight for sore eyes. After having breakfast – typical Italian breakfast with cornettos and cappuccino – much to...

11 Crucial lessons that helped me learn 11 languages

I published an article on Babbel where I talk about the 11 crucial lessons I’ve learned as a language learner by learning 11 languages. I often say that languages are alive. To take it further, each language has a life of its own, and because of this my experience with each language has been different....
Saeko in Rome (2/3): An amazing discovery in Rome that helped bring my Japanese alive

Saeko in Rome (2/3): An amazing discovery in Rome that helped bring my Japanese alive

Saeko had been telling me for some time that she would have loved to come back to Rome to explore its food, monuments and people with a native Roman. She had been in the eternal city already a couple of times, but with other Japanese, and she wanted to explore the city in a different...

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