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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...
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...
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 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...

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