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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 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...
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...
Why Scandinavians speak exceptional English

Why Scandinavians speak exceptional English

Download Swedish Transcription of the Video When I started learning Swedish in 2003 I became aware of the fact that Scandinavians speak English extremely well. It was challenging to speak Swedish because swedes often switched to English to enable smoother conversations. From this point on I became interested in understanding exactly why Scandinavians speak English...
How to Reach Native-Like Fluency In a Foreign Language

How to Reach Native-Like Fluency In a Foreign Language

Speaking a foreign language like a native speaker is the dream for many language learners. Unfortunately, not many learners have been able to achieve this goal. We know it’s possible to reach such a level of fluency because there are learners out there who have. The two questions I’ll explore in today’s article are the...
A short introduction to dialects and accents in Italy

A short introduction to dialects and accents in Italy

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Choosing an accent

Choosing an accent

English   According to current estimates, there are approximately 6,000 languages in existence throughout the world.  Some of them enjoy a unique status, those we define as “dominant languages” because they are used as an instrument of daily communication by a substantial number of people.  Among these languages some are used on many continents.  As...
The Secrets to Developing Advanced Fluency in a Foreign Language

The Secrets to Developing Advanced Fluency in a Foreign Language

  Many people are after “the” perfect method to learn a language, but I don’t think there’s any one perfect method. However, there are some universal principles one should follow in order to learn a language in a “brain-friendly way”. Principle 1: Time Time is a crucial factor in language learning. There is no doubt...
How I started learning Polish

How I started learning Polish

A question I get asked often is “Why did you start language X”? To tell you the truth though, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to that question. I picked up each of the different languages I speak for different reasons, and each decision depended on a number of factors. The same goes for my latest flirt,...
Studying vs learning

Studying vs learning

There is a fundamental difference between studying and learning  in the field of language learning. Being able to speak a language is a skill. A skill is something that is achieved over time through trial and error. Do you remember the first time that you magically started to find the balance on the saddle of...

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