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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...
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...
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...

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