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Archived Since:March 7, 2011

Blog Post Archive

7 Common Language Learning Strategies That Don’t Work (And How to Fix Them)

Here’s a common scenario: you decide to learn a language and tell your all friends and family your plans. Then they tell you about the “best” way to learn a second language (even though they don’t speak any other languages themselves). Show More Summary

French Songs to Help You Learn French Faster

French is a beautiful language, no doubt about it. But wrapping your head around the liaisons or getting stuck in grammar can make learning French seem like an impossible challenge. Truth is, French is actually not that hard to learn, with the right approach. Show More Summary

Learn Spanish: 30+ Resources for Spanish Reading Practice (Beginner to Intermediate)

With Spanish as your target language, you know how important it is to learn lots of Spanish words and pick up basic grammar. One of the best ways (besides speaking) to learn Spanish words and grammar is to read Spanish. The problem? Textbooks are too basic (or too boring!), while novels are difficult for beginners. Show More Summary

Add1Challenge Review: Learn a Language in 90 Days

When I met Brian Kwong a few years ago and saw his immense enthusiasm, I was glad to see someone else so eagerly encouraging language learners. He surprised me further by putting his enthusiasm into practice and building a community where language learners support one another. Show More Summary

German Pronunciation: 6 Really Effective Tips for a Better German Accent

I’m spending this summer working on my C-level (advanced) languages, so I’ve been very focused on going into specifics that can really polish up my skills. And as I’ll be intensively working on my German shortly, I welcomed this interesting article by native German speaker Kerstin from Fluent Language about getting German pronunciation just right. Show More Summary

Is Watching Foreign Language Movies a Waste of Time?

In the world of language learning folklore I often hear that foreign language movies are a golden ticket to fluency. But are foreign language movies really a great way to learn a language? Or are they a big waste of time? Let’s takeShow More Summary

Listen to Spanish: 50+ Amazing Spanish Listening Resources

I’ve said before that listening is one of my biggest challenges when learning a language. My Speak from Day One approach to learning langauges, means I’m usually stronger at speaking than listening. With that in mind, I’ve collected over 50 resources to help Spanish learners improve their listening skills. Show More Summary

10 Must Watch German Language Movies

I love watching German language movies to help with my German missions. Watching movies is an effective way to develop an ear for the language. You also get to experience the spoken language in many different social situations you would probably never find yourself in. Show More Summary

Mistakes are the ONLY Way to Learn a Language

Being wrong is painful. Nobody wants to look stupid. And making mistakes feels really stupid. That’s why learning a new language is so scary. You have to make mistakes. It also explains why so many people give up at the first hurdle – they want to be perfect from day one. Show More Summary

How to Speak Spanish in 4 Days

While you can’t master or reach fluency in a few days, you absolutely can start to speak a language in this time. I famously aim for Day 1 (or even hour one), but experience in doing it so often has given me a big edge. Passing the speaking...Show More Summary

How to Speak German: The Faster Way to Learn German

In my travels around the world and my conversations with language learners I’ve noticed that German is often seen as a difficult language. Yes, German vocabulary is gendered. Yes, there are some really long words to learn. And yes, the grammar isn’t always intuitive. Show More Summary

How to Improve Your Listening Skills in a New Language

Listening comprehension has been one of the hardest skills for me to develop in language learning. It’s usually my worst result in a language exam (I recently struggled to make the grade with listening in a mock advanced French exam, and had similar issues in my real German and Spanish exams). Show More Summary

125 Ways to Start (and Maintain) a Conversation in English

Are you learning English and want to start real conversations with native English speakers? Or perhaps you’re learning another language, and would like ideas for how to get speaking practice. I know it can be scary to start a conversation with someone, or to join a group conversation – especially in your second language. Show More Summary

Listen to French: 50+ Incredible French Listening Resources

Happy Bastille Day! Joyeux Le Quatorze Juillet ! To celebrate the French national holiday, let’s get into a specific aspect of learning this language. No matter how much you read French, or even practise speaking French, it can still be tricky to listen to French. Show More Summary

Six Life Lessons from Being a Blogger for Six Years

Today, July 10th, is my 33rd birthday and my twelve year travel anniversary (that’s 12-years of non-stop travel since I graduated university and hit the road). Since I’ve already contemplated the lessons I’ve learned from years of travel before, today I’ve decided to look at another important life achievement. Show More Summary

Negotiation Tactics: How to Haggle Like Your Life Depends on It

Here’s a secret: most people in the world don’t pay the price on the label. Instead, they negotiate a better deal. They haggle. Those of us who live in the Western world are so used to paying the price we’re told that we don’t even think to negotiate. Show More Summary

Shit My Non-American Boyfriend Says

To celebrate the 4th of July (American Independence Day) we’re running a bit of a “revenge post”. Why? Well, because as you may know, I once wrote a pretty popular critique about American culture. I meant it to be tongue in cheek, and...Show More Summary

Language Learners: 15 Useful Skills You Get from Speaking a Second Language

Learning a new language enriches your life in so many ways. I didn’t start seriously learning another language – Spanish – until my early 20s. I had no idea what to expect, and I never imagined all of the ways my life would change as a result of learning a language. Show More Summary

The CIA is Wrong: It Doesn’t Take 1,000 Hours to Learn a Language

Does it really take up to 4,400 hours to learn a language? According to the US Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, that’s how long it should take. Study for 20 hours a week, and that’s over four years! Reduce that to five...Show More Summary

How to Learn a Language While Studying Abroad

After I finished my university degree and moved to Spain, most of my initial friends there were not Spaniards but exchange students learning Spanish. Europe’s Erasmus programme brings together students who are interested in the cultural and language exchange options of spending one of their university years (usually the 3rd) in a foreign country. Show More Summary

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