Category Archives for Mindset and Habits

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

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 […]

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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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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]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMTSu5fGEcU[/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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