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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...
How to use translation to learn a language

How to use translation to learn a language

One of the most prevalent beliefs among language learners nowadays is that when you’re trying to learn a new language, your native tongue should be relied on as little as possible. According to this belief, the language you grew up with is often a form of “negative interference” when trying to acquire new ones, and...
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 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...
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...
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...
How to read in a foreign language

How to read in a foreign language

Reading has been extremely important on my journey with languages. It’s no coincidence the languages I speak the best are also the languages in which I’ve read the most. I see language learning as a holistic process, meaning a combination of factors have to come together for success, so I want to highlight that reading...
Forget it: the secret of remembering words

Forget it: the secret of remembering words

   
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How should we learn grammar?

How should we learn grammar?

Do we even need to formally learn it? There are many opinions within the language learning community on the part of teachers and learners regarding grammar. Some people believe that a grammar-based approach is key to efficiently learning a language. They claim that a thorough grammar study is necessary for understanding the structure of the...
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Imparare piu lingue allo stesso tempo

Imparare piu lingue allo stesso tempo

Una delle domande più ricorrenti che mi viene rivolta sul mio blog e sul mio canale YouTube è la seguente: “è possibile imparare più lingue allo stesso tempo e come?” E’ un argomento interessante e quindi volevo cercare di spiegarvi qual è stato il mio approccio in questi anni e come intendo affrontare le mie...
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Learning more than one language at the same time

Learning more than one language at the same time

English   A question most people ask me on my Blog and YouTube channel is the following: “Is it possible to learn more than one language at the same time, and if so, how should I go about doing it?”  Well, the answer is yes, it is possible to learn more than one language at...
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