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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Proficiency: how to measure language learning progress – Fluent with what you have Part 1 – Anthony Lauder

Are You Making Progress?How do you know you are making progress when you are learning a language?Counting WordsIn the olden days of language teaching, students would study textbooks, memorising lists of words and grammar rules, and take tests that counted how many words they knew, and how many grammar mistakes they made. Tests based on counting […]

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How to plan to learn two languages at once

In all my years learning languages, I had never been more excited It was September 2015. I had come up with a brand-new language project, and I couldn’t wait to tell the world about it. I, Luca Lampariello, was about to embark on the herculean task of learning two languages at the same time: Hungarian and Greek. Prior […]

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How to fall in love with a language

My Relationship StatusA few weeks ago, I invited some friends to my apartment to play a game of Risk.  It was cold and rainy outside, so I felt that playing the exciting strategy-based board game would be a great way to spend the evening with friends.  The first to arrive was my friend, Alessandro. Upon entering, he […]

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How to learn the hardest languages

[youtube][/youtube] “I can’t learn that language. It’s too hard for me” Have you ever had that thought? Have you ever believed a language to be out of your reach, simply because it looked too difficult, or others told you that it was so? I’ve felt that way many times. And unfortunately it was that very […]

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