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How to Learn a Language Abroad

How to Learn a Language Abroad

Do you need to live in a foreign country to learn its language well? Most people think so. In fact, as soon as people find out I speak multiple languages, they automatically assume that I’ve lived in just as many countries. And that’s not true. Though I have lived in a couple of countries where...
How to Learn Languages with Cases

How to Learn Languages with Cases

When language learners discuss what makes a language more difficult than another, certain concepts always come to the forefront. Some languages, like Vietnamese, Thai, and most Chinese languages, have a tone system, adding a new layer of difficulty to speaking a language correctly. Other languages, like Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Cantonese, have a character-based writing...
5 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Began Learning Specific Languages

5 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Began Learning Specific Languages

We all make mistakes. In over two decades of language learning, I’ve made my fair share of them. Just like learning a single language is a process, learning how to learn languages is a process, too. Generally speaking, there are no shortcuts to this process. You only get better with time, effort, and deliberate practice....
How I Maintain 13 Languages and Still Have Time to Learn More

How I Maintain 13 Languages and Still Have Time to Learn More

I’ve been learning languages for over two decades. In that time, I’ve reached fluency and beyond in over a dozen of them. Naturally, this means that the question I get the most is: “Luca, how is it possible to learn all of those languages?” Surprisingly, learning languages is the easy part. You learn one. And...
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...

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