Blog Profile / Fluent in 3 months

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

Blog Post Archive

Learn to Speak Persian: Your Complete Guide

Not to be one to neglect languages that don’t get so much exposure (regardless of number of speakers), I wanted to invite someone to give us a detailed overview of Persian, how to learn it, and why it’s easier than you think it is. Show More Summary

LOL International: Txt Spk Around the World

LOL was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2011. Even so, some of us struggle to understand text speak in our own language. The British Prime Minister David Cameron somehow believed LOL meant “lots of love”. Being fluent in a language is all about fitting in. Show More Summary

Learn Better Pronunciation While Speaking Your Native Language

I’ve written about what you can do if you are trying to practise a foreign language and the person you speak to wants to use English with you, and even what to do when they are really pushing it, but sometimes you can’t avoid havingShow More Summary

Lauren’s One Month Russian Update

How much of a new language can you learn in a month if you only study about 2 hours a day? It’s been a month since I started learning Russian, and I’m amazed at how quickly my brain and mentality have adapted to becoming a language learner. Show More Summary

How to Remember Difficult English Spellings

This article is an extract from my forthcoming guide, Why English is Easy. Sign up to my email list (at the end of this article), and you’ll be the first to know when the guide is launched. Do you struggle with English spelling? You’re not alone. Show More Summary

Why French Is Easy: How to Understand Spoken French

Learning French can be easy, fun, and fast. Though it took me a while to discover that. French was the third language I tried to learn, after Spanish and Italian. You would think that by the time I got to French, things would have been easy and I’d breeze through the language in no time. Show More Summary

HelloTalk App Review: Chat with Native Speakers on Your Smartphone

HelloTalk is a cool new language learning app that serves one purpose: it connects you directly with native speakers, and provides an interface to text and speak with them, all from your smartphone. There are websites out there thatShow More Summary

Essential Lessons from 2 Weeks of Fast, Intense Russian Learning

Two weeks into Lauren’s Russian in 3 Months mission, it’s time for her first update. She is on a mission to reach a conversational level of Russian by teaching herself, without any formal classes. In this article she’ll share the exact...Show More Summary

A Year Without Speaking English

I’m extremely proud to share this guest post by my friend Scott Young, who challenged himself to spend a year learning four new languages through total immersion along with his friend Vat. Their rule for the year: no English. Scott and...Show More Summary

“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

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