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25 Perfect French Idioms that Sound Weird in English

Like all languages, French is rich in idioms - expressions that mean something other than their literal meaning. Spend enough time in France and you may hear people talking about having mustard up their nose, a hair in the hand, a wooden mouth, or a hand in the bag. Show More Summary

Por vs. Para in Spanish: The Ultimate Guide

“Por vs. para?” is a common question from Spanish learners. That makes sense, as one of Spanish’s more difficult aspects is the difference between the words por and para. Most (not all) of the time, both words translate to the word “for” in English. Show More Summary

Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening: The 4 Basic Language Skills, and How to Practice Them

Reading, writing, speaking and listening - the four foundational skills of language learning. You can’t build a house without a strong foundation (well, that’s if you want the house to stay upright in all weather!). Similarly, you won’t...Show More Summary

Conversational French: 25 Ways to Start a French Conversation

When you’re learning French, what are some good ways to start a French conversation? Whether you’ve just been introduced to someone new, find yourself sitting next to a French-speaker on the bus, or end up walking beside a French tourist...Show More Summary

How to Use Visual Memory Techniques to Build a Conversational Vocabulary

Here’s something that used to frustrate me: When I travel through a country where the native language isn’t English, I miss a lot of the culture because I can’t have a conversation with the locals. All I can do is read about their customs...Show More Summary

Minority Languages: The Bliss of Learning Languages Less Spoken

"If you live with people and you share a life with them and you speak their language, they trust you." - Peter Rohloff, MD, Wuqu' Kawoq (Maya Health Alliance) I have always found languages to be beautiful. Having learned to speak seven...Show More Summary

Learning Two Languages at Once: Can You Learn Multiple Languages at the Same Time?

Is it possible to learn two languages at once? Yes! Learning two languages at once is certainly possible. That said, it’s not a mission I’d recommend taking on lightly. I’ve been learning languages for over 10 years. In that time, I studied over seventeen languages and became fluent in 10. Show More Summary

How to Learn Swedish: 37 Lessons from My 6 Months Living in Sweden

When I realized I was going to have the chance to spend six months working in Sweden, I naturally got interested in the Swedish language. More so, when I started getting work emails I needed Google Translate to read. Even more so when...Show More Summary

French Idioms Crash Course: How to Sound Like a Native French Speaker

So you want to speak French like a local. Perhaps not exactly like a native speaker, but like someone who lives there. You can sound like a French speaker even though you're a complete beginner in the language. It's possible. I've done it in Portuguese. My knowledge of Portuguese is extremely limited. Show More Summary

How I Learnt Spanish, Italian and Portuguese for the Price of a Beer

I sat in the sunshine in a cafe in my new adopted city of Seville, chatting to a Spanish friend about life in Andalusia. We talked about southern Spanish traditions, the prospects for young people and of course, the fiestas of the month that we would attend. Show More Summary

How to Use the Teach Yourself Language Hacking Community

How to Use the Teach Yourself Language Hacking Community Several months ago, I published four Teach Yourself Language Hacking Courses: French, Spanish, Italian and German. Many people don’t know that my Language Hacking courses Teach...Show More Summary

How to Get Over the Fear of Rejection

Rejection hurts. It’s painful. So it’s no wonder so many people are afraid of rejection. But how can you get over the fear of rejection? Let me tell you a story about one time I was rejected. It seems small, but it really hurt. While doing my fieldwork for my Master’s degree, I traveled through France quite extensively on my own. Show More Summary

15 “So Bad They’re Amazing” Hilarious Spanish Puns

Humour is often hard to translate. This is especially true when the humour comes from wordplay; puns rarely work in more than one language. In this article, I’ll share and explain some Spanish puns that make no sense in English. WhyShow More Summary

24 Time Hacking Tips from Language Hacker Benny Lewis

For busy language learners, it can feel like your constant thought is “I don’t have enough time!” I’d like to share some simple shifts you can make in your life so you can manage your time - and have more time available for languageShow More Summary

How to Say “Good Morning” in Spanish (and 88 other Useful Spanish Words and Phrases)

Knowing even a few Spanish phrases is really useful if you’re planning to visit a Spanish-speaking country. Even more so if you’re living in such a country. There are lots of good reasons to learn Spanish, and if you want to spend any...Show More Summary

Dead Languages: How (and Why) to Learn a Dead Language

What is your “why” for learning a new language? Maybe it’s because you want to feel a greater connection with people around the world. To have improved travel experiences or immerse yourself in a different culture different from your...Show More Summary

10 Must-Try Russian Podcasts and YouTube Channels (and more!) for Russian Learners

When it comes to practicing listening in a foreign language, one of the first questions most of us have is 'What should I be listening to?' It's pretty easy to find good listening resources for popular languages like Spanish, FrenchShow More Summary

Sentence Structure: How to Build Sentences and Use the Correct Word Order in Your New Language

"What's the best way to learn difficult sentence structure and word order?" This is a question me and my team get asked a lot here at Fluent in 3 Months. No matter which language you're learning, sentence structure is a common stumbling block. Show More Summary

The Language Learning Curve: What’s the Best Way for You to Improve Your Language Skills

Becoming fluent in a new language is a journey… and in my research with language learners I’ve discovered a “language learning curve” that most people follow. Before I share that, here’s how the language learning journey went for me. After...Show More Summary

Conversational Spanish: 88+ Spanish Conversation Starters and Questions

How can you speak Spanish in a more conversational, everyday way? Textbooks can be surprisingly unhelpful in this regard. They might teach you useful grammar and vocabulary, but it's often presented in an unnatural, forced way that doesn't...Show More Summary

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