Language Learning and the “Other” Learning Theories

If you’ve been around language learning for a while, then you’re probably aware of some of the popular language acquisition concepts: comprehensible input, the communicative approach, graduated interval recall, universal grammar, and on and on and on. However, there are other learning theories out there that don’t get nearly enough attention in language-learning circles. A…

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Your Roadmap to Language Success: The One-Page Language Plan

It’s that time of year again: Making New Year’s resolutions. This year I’m excited to offer something I really believe will help anyone looking to make serious improvement: The One-Page Language Plan A lot of people trying to achieve goals–in business, fitness, language, whatever–don’t have any kind of written plan. I think that’s a mistake,…

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Wrap Up: 30 Days of Progress

Well, I needed a win in the language learning game, and I got one. For the past 30 days, I’ve had a renewed sense of urgency in my Tagalog learning, and I’ve finally been able to turn the corner on my progress. My big three wins: 1. I subscribed to Filipino Pod 101. This cost…

A New Language: The Gift You Give to Others

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela “Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday” When I was five years old, I spent four months in the Philippines with my mom’s family. It was…

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How to Get Over Being a Language Failure

Man. I’ve been a language failure with my last couple projects. I had two big goals recently: pass the ATA German-to-English translation test and reach the A2 level in Tagalog in 15 weeks. I failed twice! Last weekend, a letter came in the mail saying I didn’t pass the translation exam. I had translated two…

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Why In-Country Language Classes Are Beneficial

The very first article I wrote here gave several reasons not to take a class. It set the tone for the website. I wanted to focus on strategies for people who study alone, like I do. I also wanted people not to think of a lack of a class as a hindrance, but rather as…

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4 Reasons to Forget About Your Language Aptitude

I hear this a lot: “I’m not good with languages.” I hate it when people say that, because most of the time, they’re using this as justification not to try. I’m not here to tell you what to do. If you don’t like languages, you don’t like them. If you’d rather be doing something else,…