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Cultural Immersion: How Learning 20 Basic Phrases Transformed My Travel Experience

For ages I’ve recognised, at least in theory, that learning even just a small handful sentences in a new language can take you a long way on a holiday, and give you a unique experience of cultural immersion. I really enjoyed readingShow More Summary

Learning a Third Language: An In-Depth Guide

I know lots of people who speak their second language at a very good level, and yet hesitate to jump into learning a third language. Why is this? Well, some people are perfectly happy stopping at one foreign language. That was their goal, and they reached it. Show More Summary

Assimil Review: An Honest Look at the Assimil Language Learning System

Assimil is a dialogue based learning course popular amongst language learners. This is clearly illustrated by the 4+ star reviews on Amazon for the majority of the available courses. Assimil has a range of courses available in a variety of languages, but is geared primarily towards French speakers. Show More Summary

Nerves, Tears and a Breakthrough: 2 Weeks Without Speaking English [Mission Update]

What’s it really like giving up your mother tongue? If you’ve read my last update you’ll know that I gave up speaking English for 30 days to focus on only speaking German. My goal was to reach the B2 level by the time the Cologne Carnival came around. As I write this, I’m in the midst of that challenge. Show More Summary

Sentence Stretchers: An Easy Way to Sound More Fluent in Your Target Language

Most beginner language learners I know are keen to pick up new vocabulary, so they’re ready for real conversations in their new language. And it’s true that learning a wide variety of vocabulary is essential to having conversations about...Show More Summary

International Greetings: How to Say “Hello” in 29 Languages

What’s the first word you learn in any language? “Hello”, of course! “Hello” is the way you’ll meet new people, make new friends, and start conversations. Even if you’re not aiming for fluency in a language, just learning this one little...Show More Summary

CEFR Levels: What They Are, Why They Matter, and How to Test Yourself

CEFR levels: what are they? And do they matter? In the language-learning community, we often hear other learners throw around certain terms when they’re talking about their level in a language. “I speak German at a B1 level” or “I’mShow More Summary

New Mission: One Month Without English!

Have you ever reached a plateau in your language learning that you just couldn’t break through? I did. It didn’t matter how many German lessons I took. How many Skype calls I made. Or, how many grammar books I read. I just couldn’t get...Show More Summary

12 Fun Grammar Games to Help You Learn a Language

Grammar. To many people, the word is almost synonymous with "boredom". Does that make "grammar games" a contradiction? I'm going to say not. More on that in a moment. True, the average grammar book is more useful as a cure for insomnia...Show More Summary

German Noun Genders: Hacks to Learn them Faster

Learning German? You’re going to notice one major difference between English and German grammar right away: German noun genders. All German nouns are one of three genders: masculine, feminine or neutral. For someone who is just starting...Show More Summary

Review: The Michel Thomas Method for Language Learning

The Michel Thomas Method is a popular approach in language learning, with a range of language courses available for beginners. British newspaper The Times has called the Michel Thomas Method “The nearest thing to painless learning.”Show More Summary

Learning a Language Through Music: Here’s How It’s Done

Can you learn a language through music? Of course you can! From slow, crooning love songs to the latest boy band hits, music is a really useful tool for language learning. Pop music isn’t the whole story, though. Any style of music, by any artist, as long as it has lyrics, can be useful in language learning. Show More Summary

How I Learned Portuguese in 3 Months (Mission Complete!)

I made it! I reached the end of my three-month mission to learn Portuguese. Be sure to catch up on earlier updates if you haven’t already: Portuguese Mission: Day 0 Portuguese Mission: 1 Month Update Portuguese Mission: 2 Month Update The...Show More Summary

How to Use Systems (Instead of Goals) to Get Results in Language Learning

What’s your language learning goal? Perhaps you’re aiming to reach A2 level in French in the next 3 months. Maybe you’re looking to gain basic knowledge of Italian before your trip to Rome in a couple of weeks. Or perhaps you’re aiming for German mastery. Whatever your goal, setting a goal is the natural thing to do when you start learning. Show More Summary

Tutorial: How to Hack Facebook Live Video to Learn a Language

Did you know Facebook can help you to improve your listening skills in just about any language? I didn’t! At least not until a few weeks ago when I stumbled across a feature that had been hiding behind a little tab on my Facebook home screen. Recently, I was surprised to find out just how much you, the readers, struggle with listening. Show More Summary

How to Speak French: The Faster Way to Learn French

So you want to learn how to speak French? Très bien !! Millions of language learners around the world are already learning French, so you’re in great company. And you can learn to speak French fluently faster than you think. Yes, some aspects of French can be difficult, just like with any language. Show More Summary

How to use Social Media for Instant French Immersion

Can you get French immersion through French social media? Of course you can! In fact, using social media such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in French. Think about it this way: Cost of a round-trip...Show More Summary

How to Speak English Like the English

Two of my favourite articles on Fluent in 3 Months are Benny's classics How to Speak English Like the Irish and its sequel Advanced Hiberno English. So, being from England, I'd like to share some thoughts on how to speak English like...Show More Summary

How 3 YouTubers Learned Brazilian Portuguese by Making Videos

Sitting down with textbooks isn't the only way to learn a language... as you'll be aware if you've read much on Fluent in 3 Months. In this post, you will learn how three language learners used making videos on Youtube as their secret...Show More Summary

Happy Paddy’s Day! (3 NEW Irish-Themed Videos for Language Learners)

Top o' the morning to you! Just kidding, we Irish don't actually ever say that - even on today, the day of our world-famous patron saint, St. Patrick! Despite being associated with all things Irish, St. Patrick wasn't actually Irish by birth. Show More Summary

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