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Filed Under:Academics / Linguistics
Posts on Regator:330
Posts / Week:1.6
Archived Since:March 7, 2011

Blog Post Archive

“I’ll Do It Tomorrow” – Solving 3 Mindtraps that Make You Put Off Language Learning

You just spent a few hours studying your target language, and you’re feeling great. You’re feeling like you can do this. You’ve got a routine planned. You’ve got it all mapped out. But a day goes by. Then two days. And you haven’t gotten back to your language practice. Show More Summary

Bad Day? Try These 21 Crushing Curse Words in 6 Languages

This is an R-rated post. If you’d prefer something more family friendly about unusual words in other languages, you’ll likely enjoy our post on endearments from around the world. Rough day? There’s nothing like the satisfaction of throwing down a hearty swear word. Show More Summary

New Mission: Russian in 3 Months

As you might already know, my partner Lauren is learning Russian. But she’s been making slow progress. Why? I suspect it’s because something really important has been missing from her project… A deadline. That changes today. We’ve decided...Show More Summary

77 Weird and Romantic Names for the International Lover

Have you ever wanted to woo a lover with your prowess in languages? What better way than by giving them a very special name from another part of the world. Around the world and across languages, people express their love in different, imaginative and sometimes – to our English speaking minds – strange ways. Show More Summary

What English is Missing: 5 Features from Other Languages that ‘We’ Should Borrow

When it comes to expressing the world around us and communicating our thoughts to other people, language has a pretty tough task, and sometimes our words can be pretty flawed at getting the job done. But some languages use different tactics from others to solve communication problems. Show More Summary

Stories from India: Life at Palolem beach and the Taj

I just arrived in Melbourne, Australia after spending the last month and a half in India, and the last several months in Asia in general – mostly in more “rugged’ environments like Chiang Mai, Bali, and most recently Palolem beach in Goa. Show More Summary

Benny Goes to Oz

Hey language hackers! Today I write to you from… Australia! This is a HUGE first for me, as I’ve been waiting to add this country to my list for years, and you all have been asking me for years why I’ve been neglecting this continent…...Show More Summary

Why hard work isn’t what makes good learners

Why is that some people are worse language learners no matter how hard they work? Among the many emails/tweets and in-person comments I get about those who have tried and failed to learn languages, what comes up more often than not is...Show More Summary

Why learning online is better than in-person, and how to make use of your technology

One of the best tools available to us nowadays to help us learn a language is to get on Skype/Google+/Facetime or any VoIP tool and chat to a native speaker. The pros are many. It doesn’t require travel. Through many sites it’s cheaper...Show More Summary

Here’s why other countries think you’re weird

One of the main reasons I travel so much is that I find it fascinating to see how different people are across different cultures. For new travellers, some of these differences can make people from other countries seem completely weird or just plain rude. Show More Summary

Starting to Learn Russian and Speaking From Day 1

Today’s post is by Lauren, my partner on the blog and in life! After successfully learning Esperanto last year to get her started in language learning, she has decided to make Russian one of her goals for 2015. She had a false start at first, that I’m sure many of you can relate to. Show More Summary

Why Spanish is Easy: Understanding Spoken Spanish

Why Spanish is Easy With 2015 upon us and everyone making New Year’s Resolutions, I figured I’d give some love to the most popular second language in the U.S., and the official language in over 20 countries around the world: Spanish....Show More Summary

How to Make a New Year’s Resolution and Actually Keep It

Every year around January 1st, my inbox gets filled up with language learners excitedly declaring to me their New Year’s resolutions. They tell me, this is the year I will learn French! Learn Spanish! Learn Chinese! To all you resolved...Show More Summary

How to find the right teacher for online language lessons

One of the most frequent questions I get when I talk about my intensive language projects is how do I find a good teacher? Today I want to cover this question in as much detail as possible, as part of my Skype language lesson series of posts. Show More Summary

A Month Living in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia [Travel Update]

This past month, I have expanded the list of countries I’ve lived in by one (I’ll be doing it again early next year, more on that later!), and today I am happy to tell you all about my experience in Bali, Indonesia. I’d never been to...Show More Summary

Dictionary Giveaway: 12th Ed Collins English and Ultralingua app

Who wants a free dictionary? Collins, who have been into dictionary publishing since 1819, were very kind to send me their brand new 12th edition Collins English dictionary, which is the largest single-volume English dictionary in print. Show More Summary

Sale: Cyber Monday Mega-Deals for Language Learners!

This Internet is ripe with wonderful offers this weekend during the “Black Friday” rush of deals that you’ll get before Christmas, and Team Fi3M has been searching for the best sales relevant to language learning just for you. EnjoyShow More Summary

Sale: Black Friday Mega-Deals for Language Learners!

This Internet is ripe with wonderful offers this weekend during the “Black Friday” rush of deals that you’ll get before Christmas, and Team Fi3M has been searching for the best sales relevant to language learning just for you. EnjoyShow More Summary

What can you do in 4 hours? Benny’s first Indonesian class

Inspired by Moses McCormick’s unfiltered uploads, I’ve decided to share an unedited crucial moment in my language learning processes; both the first time I’ve ever spoken the language and my first ever class. What I did was study four...Show More Summary

Stop Allowing Excuses to Run Your Life!

In my inbox I see hundreds of people sharing their language learning woes every day, and in person I meet many people everywhere I go who struggle to start a language. There are many reasons they give, some of which are valid, but many times they are just excuses. Show More Summary

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