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Five Unlikely Treasure Troves of Foreign Language Texts

With language learning, you know how important it is to read, listen to, and watch stuff in your new language. And you no doubt have your go-to sources where you get your texts from. *cough YouTube and Amazon cough* But there are plenty of other sources of foreign language texts, which I’m willing to bet…

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Why Language Learners Should Stay Away from Wikipedia

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been going back over Duolingo lessons again and trying to keep my skill tree golden. After I got tired of completing lessons, I clicked the “Immersion” button, which took me to a list of articles needing to be translated. I gave a couple a look, felt completely…

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Site Housekeeping, Slammed at Work, and Flamingos

Yikes! I just accidentally posted the new website disclaimer and sent it to all the site’s email subscribers. It’s late. Please accept my apology in the form of this striking picture of flamingos in Serengeti National Park: Anyway, since that just happened, I’ll go ahead and talk about what’s going on with the site really…

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11 Photos That Will Convince You to Visit Japan

When I was a young kid, I lived in Japan for three years. My dad was a civilian working for the US Army at the time, so I lived on a very American base. Still, we went out into town regularly, and I remember the sights and sounds being so drastically different from anything I…

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Languages and Their Effect On Your Personality

Today’s article is a guest post from James Gooding, a language enthusiast representing Language Trainers Online. Take it away, James! Everyone knows the massive benefits bilingualism has on brain function, making it easier to learn a third language and even staving off dementia. But what about a second languageā€™s effect on personality? More and more…

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A Revised Review of Rosetta Stone

A couple years ago I wrote a negative review of Rosetta Stone. I acknowledged the program’s good points, such as its high quality photographs and novel “dynamic immersion” approach, but ultimately I gave it a thumbs down. That review has been a thorn in my side. It’s generated enough negative feedback from readers in the…

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Language Learning Quick Start Guide

The holidays are wrapping up, New Year’s resolutions have been made, and you want to learn a new language. That’s awesome! You can absolutely do it. People from all over the world, from all walks of life have learned second or third languages, so there’s no reason to think you can’t do the same. In…

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Should you study words individually or in chunks?

If you’re trying to learn vocabulary, should you study individual words or chunks of words? What I do: Study both! (By the way, some people say you shouldn’t make an effort to learn vocabulary words at all–that you should pick up words naturally during communication. But I firmly believe that at least a little dedicated…