How to Watch Movies to Improve Your Foreign Languages

Watching movies is a great way to improve your foreign languages Why? That’s simple. Movies are fun, emotional, dynamic, audiovisual, and use authentic language, in nearly any language you want to learn. You can start watching target language movies at any stage in your learning. However, I typically recommend using movies as learning materials at […]

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Intensive vs. Extensive Reading

Reading, despite being one of the four major skills of language learning, is one of the skills that is most often neglected by language learners. Aside from reading the words and phrases that are presented in textbooks, phrasebooks and grammar guides, most learners do not bother to regularly engage in reading native texts in any meaningful […]

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An Unexpected Opportunity: My First Book!

“To take advantage of unexpected opportunities, we must leave ourselves available” – S.Truett Cathy  My pursuit of languages has taken me on a number of journeys throughout the course of my life. The first journey, which began twenty-five years ago, was to learn how to learn languages, and how to weave them into the fabric […]

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Can you master more than seven languages?

A few years ago, I found myself posting on a popular language learning forum. I always have a good time discussing the innumerable facets of language learning with anyone willing to listen and share, and this was no exception. As I was reading through the day’s postings, I came across a thread centered around an […]

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How to use translation to learn a language

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One of the most prevalent beliefs among language learners nowadays is that when you’re trying to learn a new language, your native tongue should be relied on as little as possible. According to this belief, the language you grew up with is often a form of “negative interference” when trying to acquire new ones, and so […]

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Can you really learn a language in an hour?

“Peak performance is dependent on passion, grit, determination, and a willingness to do something poorly until you can do it well.” – Zig Ziglar, *Better Than Good* If the Internet is any indication, the speed at which it is possible to learn a language is getting shorter and shorter. One year. Six months. Three months. […]

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