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5 Hacks to Learn Languages by Reading Literature

Nothing is better than a great book. And, if it is a foreign book? Even better! You can learn a lot from reading books in your target language. You can benefit from a book’s message and equally from its language. In other words, a book...Show More Summary

4 Reasons French is Easy to Learn

Speaking French can transform your life and open you up to a whole new culture, and many wonderful friendships. So I can completely understand why you’d to learn how to speak French. However, I’ve heard from a lot of readers who are struggling with learning French. Show More Summary

9 Reasons Vietnamese is Easier Than You Think

Just how difficult is the Vietnamese language? Pretty much impossible, if you ask the Vietnamese themselves. The supposed difficulty of Vietnam's official language is a point of national pride amongst its 90 million inhabitants, andShow More Summary

Teach Me Spanish: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

So you want to learn how to speak Spanish? Good choice! Spanish is relatively easy to learn, because once you’ve learned how to pronounce the letters, you can sound out any word. There are no complicated pronunciation rules, as there...Show More Summary

Why Tonal Languages Aren’t as Hard as You Think

Here’s my take on language difficulty: All languages are created equal. Mandarin Chinese. English. Russian. Arabic. You name it. They all have their own challenging aspects. But - here’s the kicker - humans can speak all of them. I’ve yet to hear about a language that went extinct only because it was so difficult to learn. Show More Summary

How to Speak Korean – It’s Easier than You Think

Korean is hot property. Interest in the language has soared over the past five years. [caption id="attachment_17635" align="aligncenter" width="506"] Google searches for "Korean", 2009 - 2015[/caption] “Gangnam Style” by Korean pop icon...Show More Summary

The Goldilocks Technique: How to Set Language Goals that Are Just Right

Do you ever struggle to reach your language goals? In my 13 years of language learning, I’ve set myself some big language goals. Some have gone fantastically, and some have totally flumped. Over time, I’ve got better and better at setting...Show More Summary

The Language Secrets of Prolific Language Learners

Did you know that some of the most famous figures throughout history were also accomplished polyglots? Audrey Hepburn remains an iconic goddess of the silver screen and is regularly touted as being the most beautiful woman to have ever existed. She also spoke six languages. J.R.R. Show More Summary

Level Up! Turn Your Language Learning Into a Video Game

“I wish I was motivated to learn a language! I’ll get started when I’m ready.” Like most kids, I took a language class throughout high school as a requirement. I picked Spanish because it seemed like a better option than French or Latin,...Show More Summary

How to Learn Scottish Gaelic

How would you feel if you were beaten up for speaking a language? What if that language was your mother tongue? This is what used to happen to children in Scotland, if they spoke Scottish Gaelic. In 1872, the British government introduced compulsory schooling for children in Scotland. Show More Summary

How to Learn a New Language Fluently

What is fluency? What does it mean to be fluent in a language? Believe it or not, this may be the most important question you ask yourself, if your goal is to speak another language. Why is this? Because the way you understand fluency...Show More Summary

6 Ways for Beginners to Outsmart “Expert” Language Learners

When you’re a beginner in a language, and you meet someone who’s studied it for years, it can be a bit of a shock. You wonder: “How are they so damn good?” It feels like they’re leagues ahead of you. How can you hope to stay motivated...Show More Summary

Does Your Personality Change When You Speak Another Language?

Have you ever wondered if you have an alter ego? By learning other languages you can find a new identity! That’s right. Learning another language gives you a new personality. If you already speak other languages, you might have noticed...Show More Summary

Christmas Traditions from Around the World

As you post Christmas cards, hang up tinsel and glaze your turkey, have you ever wondered about the Christmas traditions in other parts of the world? Did you know that in the Czech Republic, teenagers dress up as devils and go in search...Show More Summary

Deafblind in Japan: My 5 Week Journey

Julie Ferguson is registered deaf and blind. She also speaks five languages. Julie shared her story with us before here on the blog as well as in the Fluent in 3 Months book. This is the inspirational story of her recent visit to Japan. Deafblind in Japan I'm nightblind. Show More Summary

5 Common Mistakes Learning German (and How to Fix Them)

When you first start speaking German, you’re bound to make mistakes. You can’t expect to just open your mouth and start speaking a second language perfectly. If only it worked like that! What’s most important is to not let mistakes hold you back. Show More Summary

The Best Way to Meet People While Travelling (Even if You’re Shy)

What’s the best way to meet people while travelling? Perhaps you dream of striking up conversations while travelling on a train across Asia. Maybe you’d love to ride a motocicleta down Latin America, meeting all kinds of characters on your way. Show More Summary

Are You Addicted to Language Porn?

How do you indulge yourself? The majority of human beings have vices of some degree. Whether it’s a cup of coffee in the morning, a lie in on the weekend, a piece of chocolate in the afternoon or a beer in the evening, you probably have at least one indulgence that helps you get through the day. Show More Summary

How Many Languages Can One Person Speak?

Did you know there’s no Guinness World Record holder for “most number of languages spoken”? Why this omission? The answer lies in the curious story of a Liberian-born language teacher, Zlad Youssef Fazah, and a Chilean TV chat show, Viva el lunes. In 1973, Fazah was living in Brazil, which at the time was under a military dictatorship. Show More Summary

10 French Reading Resources and Exercises (Beginner to Intermediate)

Do you find it hard to match up spoken French with written French? If you do, that’s because written French is very different to spoken French. In particular, French has many silent letters that can go at the end of words. As a result, there are multiple ways to write a single French sound. Show More Summary

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