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Archived Since:March 7, 2011

Blog Post Archive

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

How I prepared for the French C1 exam

How can you master French? One way is to set yourself the goal of reaching C1 or C2 level. I’ll explain more about that in a moment. So far on this blog I’ve usually written about how to get started in language learning. Getting started...Show More Summary

Busted: 6 Common Myths About Polyglots and Language Learners

There are plenty of language learning myths, especially about people who speak multiple languages (also known as polyglots). You’re probably familiar with the romanticised image of the polyglot. It goes something like this: A polyglot...Show More Summary

We Asked, You Answered: Why Learn a Foreign Language?

Have you ever wondered “Why learn a foreign language?” I recently asked members of the Fluent in 3 Months community their reasons for learning a new language. The response was amazing! Over 200 language learners chimed in with a startling variety of answers. Show More Summary

5 Simple Research Proven Hacks to Stop Wasting Time and Start Learning Fast

Do you dream of learning a new language, but then find you rarely take action towards making your dream a reality? I’ve said before that the biggest factor that holds people back from success is a lack of confidence. Fear of doing the “wrong thing” can cause you to not start in the first place. Show More Summary

My system for learning the Russian cases (with examples)

Today’s post is from Lauren, updating you on her plans for her Russian project, and discussing how she’s planning to start learning the Russian cases.  Over to you, Lauren! —— It’s been well over 3 months since I started the Russian project, so it’s time for me to regroup and reflect. Show More Summary

10 Ways to Bounce Back from Quitting a Language

I love to encourage language learners here on Fluent in 3 Months, but language learning isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Life inevitably gets in the way and prevents you from reaching your language goals. This has happened to me more...Show More Summary

A Powerful and Underrated Beginner Language Goal

Why is language learning all about the intermediate or advanced levels? When you start learning a new language, it’s easy to get carried away with huge, unrealistic goals.  Maybe you dream of having deep conversations in your target language language, or of reading advanced novels, or making play-on-word jokes. Show More Summary

Solo or Couple Travel: Is Either Better?

If you’re a member of the Language Hacking League, or if you follow me on Instagram, or Facebook, then you already know the big news: Lauren and I are engaged! This is yet another secret mission I’ve been working on behind the scenes for the past several months ;). Show More Summary

5 Steps to Become Conversationally Fluent in Spanish

Spanish is the language that started off my lifelong obsession with language learning, so it holds a special place in my heart. Thanks to Spanish I was able to discover what what holding me back from becoming fluent in any language.Show More Summary

The “Pinch Yourself” Hack for Rapid Language Learning (Backed by Science)

My friend Maneesh Sethi spent five years travel hacking his way around the world, learning Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and German along the way. Now Maneesh is working on Pavlok, a wearable device that uses electric shock to help you change your habits. Show More Summary

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