Monthly Archives: August 2014

Learn a New Language This Year

Learn a New Language This Year   So, do you want to learn a new language this year? The following post is by Benny Lewis, from the Fluentin3months blog. He details here some great tips for language learning, from motivation to actual techniques. I have personally used all of these suggestions, and I confess that they do work. As long ... Read More »

Operation Accent

This is a fascinating article which I discovered recently. It deals mainly with this questions: Can non-native speakers learn a second language with zero accent? This article provides some interesting insights. As this article states, it largely depends on age; but can late language-learners like us achieve a perfect foreign accent? Read this article and tell me your thoughts:   ... Read More »

SRS, the most amazing language learning tool ever

Today I’m going to talk about SRS: unique software that helps greatly in language learning. So, what does SRS stand for? It means Spaced Repetition Software. What is that? Let’s take a definition from our good friends over at Wikipedia: “Most spaced repetition software (SRS) programs are modeled after the manual style of learning with flashcards: items to memorize are ... Read More »

A Word (or two) about Grammar

Now we get to talk no everybody’s favorite (not) subject: grammar! For many a would-be language learner, grammar has been the one thing that has absolutely paralyzed them. Do you remember your high school days when you were forced to take Spanish, French, or German? I remember taking three years of Spanish in high school. And guess what? After three ... Read More »

10 Commandments of Language Learning

Ten Commandments for language learning Kató Lomb was a Hungarian interpreter, translator, language genius and one of the first simultaneous interpreters in the world. She spoke 17 different languages. And she suggested the following Ten Commandments for language learning. Enjoy! I. Spend time tinkering with the language every day—if there is no more time available, then at least to the ... Read More »

Language Learning and Immersion Environment

As many of you may have heard, immersion is the best way to learn a language. But not all of us can just move from our current location to another country, so how do we immerse ourselves in a language? It’s not as hard as you might think. There are several simple steps you can take to fill your environment ... Read More »

TPR – Total Physical Response and Language Learning

Today I would like to talk about a language learning technique known as Total Physical Response, otherwise known as TPR. In TPR, instructors give commands to students in the target language, and students respond with whole-body actions. The method is an example of the comprehension approach to language teaching. Listening serves two purposes; it is both a means of understanding ... Read More »

Stephen Krashen: Language Acquisition Theory

This is an interesting video by language learning pioneer Stephen Krashen. He talks about the theory behind learning languages. He even says that we all learn a new language the same way. Take a look:   What do you think? Any disagreements with this theory? Any improvements? Or do you wholeheartedly agree? Leave your comments below. Read More »

The Importance of Listening

Here we have an article from one of my favorite bloggers, Khatzumoto from alljapaneseallthetime.com. He is the one that inspired me to begin my Japanese language learning journey several years ago. In this post, he talks about the importance of listening when learning a new language. I have the first few paragraphs here, and you can continue reading on his ... Read More »

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