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How Many Vocabulary Words a Day Should You Learn?

With languages, I definitely tend to use a lot of what I call “organic” learning methods. Actually using the language–reading, listening, speaking, and writing it–is vital in the language acquisition process. That doesn’t mean, though, that I never study. Almost every successful language learner I’ve ever met sits down and studies. Specifically, they study vocabulary…

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Vacation Post: Five Articles You May Have Missed

Right now, two things are going on with the site. First, quite a few new people have begun following the site recently, thanks to a couple articles that have been shared and re-shared across language-learning circles. If you’re a new reader, welcome! Second, I’m on vacation this week and don’t have time to write a…

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The Grammar Debate – Prescriptive vs. Descriptive

You’ve all seen the person who corrects everyone’s grammar. If you’ve spent time in linguistics classes or language forums, however, then you know there are other people who say there’s no such thing as a grammatical error, and therefore nothing to correct. And these people can be as passionate as any “Grammar Nazi.” But who’s…

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10 Best Podcasts for Language Learning

In the last couple months, I’ve posted links to free language courses and the best YouTube channels for language learning. Here’s my final collection of links: The ten best language instruction podcasts. With the free courses, the YouTube channels, and now these podcasts, you have mountains of material to go through–and you don’t have to…

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German Dative and Accusative Pronouns

I got an email yesterday that instantly put a smile on my face. Ana from Palabrerio and @anagrama wrote me and told me she had made a couple of fun graphics with German’s accusative and dative pronouns. (She was even nice enough to put my site’s address on the graphic so that I could be…

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Review – Lingua.ly Arabic

In this article, I’m going to review the language learning website lingua.ly–specifically its Arabic program. This is tricky. I like giving positive reviews; out of all the language services and books I’ve reviewed, the only negative review I’ve given was for Rosetta Stone. Being negative doesn’t get my site any more traffic, and in fact,…

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June Project – Results

My June project is coming to an end, so I want to let you know how it went. I’ve got a lot to cover, so this article is split up into two parts. Today I’ll go over my results and my initial impressions. Just to remind everyone of what the project was about, I listened…

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Language Learning – Volume

I’m in my last week of my June language learning experiment, in which I’m trying to get exposure to 10,000 words of German a day. In July, I’ll let you guys know how the experiment went. (You might be surprised.) But today I’ll talk about language learning volume, which is kind of the underlying concept…

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Don’t Lose Your Sense of Adventure in Language Learning

I actually like the day-to-day grind of language learning. Listening to long podcasts? Working through grammar drills? Reading stories full of words I don’t know? I love all of that stuff. It wasn’t always like that for me. But now that I know how to learn languages and can recognize when I’m making progress–even when…