LingQ – an honest review

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I’m going to review one of the most popular language learning sites out there: LingQ. First a basic overview on how the system works:    Basically, you read texts while listening to audio, and can highlight words that you don’t know to look them up in the build in dictionary. You can then create “Linqs” for the words that you ... Read More »

What is Fluency?

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Many people ask “What is fluency?” To answer that, I introduce you to Benny Lewis from fluentin3months.com. There are a lot of definitions, but I like his explanation the best out of those I’ve heard so far:   What is Fluency?   Speaking perfectly? Indistinguishable from a native? Being able to participate in intense philosophical debates in the language? Not ... Read More »

Language Learning Myths

language learning myth

I found this really great post over at Little Language Site. It even inspired me to update my site’s design, so expect an updated format shortly. Anyways, this post goes over common language learning myths, of which there are several. I hope you enjoy and that it encourages you to learn your language like never before. Happy learning!   “There ... Read More »

The Case for Extensive Reading in Language Learning

Extensive reading | Language Learning

Do you need to read to learn a language? Is it even helpful? Take a look at the article below to fine out.   The Case for Extensive Reading   This paper puts forward the idea that graded reading, or extensive reading, is a completely indispensable part of any language program, if not all language programs.  In order to demonstrate ... Read More »

Swords of Legend Drama | Chinese movies

Swords of Legend | Chinese movies

 Learn Chinese with Swords of Legend Check out this cool Chinese drama called Swords of Legend. If you’re interested in learning Mandarin Chinese, then this should definitely help. Not only is it pretty interesting, but it also includes Chinese (simplified) subtitles: a double bonus! Enjoy. Do you have any other Chinese drama recommendations in addition to Swords of Legend? Leave ... Read More »

Tips for Learning Chinese Language

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Learn Chinese with these helpful hints I found this great article with a ton of tips for learning Chinese. They really helped me, so hopefully they’ll help you too:   BEFORE LEARNING CHINESE 1. Decide which language you wish to learn Mandarin is the national language of China and Taiwan, and is the dialect you should choose if traveling to ... Read More »

Why Learn Arabic?

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Should you learn Arabic? Or any other language for that matter? Read below to find out: In praise of learning Arabic, even if you don’t need to   School students practise writing in the Arabic language. (Antonie Robertson / The National)   More than half the world is bilingual. That makes monolinguals like me a rapidly shrinking minority. I imagined ... Read More »

Learning a new language strengthens brain at any age: study

langauge learning and the brain

Brain Training   Need a better brain? Then check out this article I found about language learning and brain improvement. – Jim. If the brain is a muscle, learning a new language is its barbell, according to a new study from Pennsylvania State University. “Learning and practicing something, for instance a second language, strengthens the brain,” says Ping Li, professor ... Read More »

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