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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...
Saeko in Rome (1/3): Understanding When your Approach to Language Learning is Just Not Working

Saeko in Rome (1/3): Understanding When your Approach to Language Learning is Just Not Working

“If Mohammed will not go to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammed” Have you heard this expression? That’s exactly what I thought while standing on the platform waiting for my Japanese friend, Saeko. Saeko? Mohammed? What do they have in common? What does any of this have to do with language learning? Let’s...
2 Crucial Mistakes Beginner  Japanese Learners Make and How to Avoid them

2 Crucial Mistakes Beginner Japanese Learners Make and How to Avoid them

Japanese is not like any other language you might have studied before. Many people struggle even to reach a level where they can hold a very basic conversation after having studied it for three or four years.   Obviously, it’s not their fault.   My name is Luca Toma, and I’m the founder of JapaneseCoaching....
The Compact Guide To Fluency For Struggling Language Learners

The Compact Guide To Fluency For Struggling Language Learners

Face it. You’re a language learner, not a perfectionist. And yet, isn’t fluency all about getting it right? You care about being perceived as intelligent and personable. Just as you are in your mother tongue. And you’re smart enough to know that if you want to be taken seriously, you’ve got to come across as...
#AskLucaAnything Episode 3 - Starting to Speak, Absorbing Culture and My Daily Routine

#AskLucaAnything Episode 3 – Starting to Speak, Absorbing Culture and My Daily Routine

1. When learning a language, when do you try to start speaking with people? As you know, there are people who believe that speaking from day one is the best way to start learning and speaking a language. On the other hand, others advocate that one needs to read and listen to the language a...