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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…

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June Project – 10,000 Words a Day

I need a little jolt in my German, so I’m going to experiment with something. For the month of June I’m going to: Listen to or read 10,000 words of German a day. Sound crazy? Not crazy enough? Well, let me explain. The Background I studied German while I was living in Germany a couple…

You can remember some things easily, like dancing the tango on vacation. You might need a little help, though, remembering things like vocab words and grammatical rules.

We’ve Been Nominated!

Pretty exciting news for the site. We’ve been nominated for the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs competition from the site bab.la! If you’re not familiar with what I’m talking about, it’s the competition for language blogs. You can vote for Language Surfer by clicking this button: To be honest, I don’t really care if I…

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Quick Update – German Progress

If you’re following along on my Facebook page, you know that I promised my next few blog posts would be all about free stuff. And in my last post, I linked out to hundreds of free language courses. Well, I’m going to take a brief detour to give you guys a quick update on my…

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Free Language Courses

Language learning doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, if you have an Internet connection, it doesn’t have to cost you anything at all. So in that spirit, here is a list of free language courses. This list contains links to hundreds of courses and thousands of modules, spanning over 40 different languages. Important: This…

From a couple years ago. I look at this picture and reminisce about all the hair I had back then.

Seven Things I Miss About Germany

Okay, so in my last article I talked about things I missed about the US while I lived abroad in Europe. I tried to keep it light, and I also wanted to be honest. Living away from home can be exhausting, even if you’re in a nice place. Well, now that I’m back in the…