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Language Learning Terms, in Plain Language

Are you trying to learn a new language, but are overwhelmed by the terminology? Feeling lost when people toss around linguistic terms in language-learning forums? Well, you’re in luck! Here are 25 language learning terms and their definitions, presented in an easy-to-understand way. (Disclaimer: This is all in good fun. Don’t use this info in…


America’s Best-Kept Secret for Korean Learners

A couple weekends ago, my friend Danny and I flew up to visit our friend Aaron. While we were up there, I realized something about Aaron’s town: It’s a mecca for Korean language learners. That small city, which is over 7000 miles from Seoul, is probably about as close as you can get to being…

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Seven Songs to Learn German With

Listening to music is a staple of my language learning. You get to hear authentic language, you get insight into a country’s culture and mindset, and music has been shown to help people retain language better. But really, the best reason to listen to music is that it’s fun. Here are seven good songs to…

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Translating Pacquiao vs. Mayweather

Before I lose you non-boxing fans, I’ll talk about how all this applies to language learning in a minute… If you follow my Twitter feed, you probably know by now I’m a huge fan of combat sports. I love watching mixed martial arts and boxing. I was the captain of my wrestling team in high…

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What’s On Your Language Bucket List?

I’ve been studying German for a while now. I’m still working toward my goal, but I’m itching to learn some other languages. So in the interest of having a little fun, I sat down and wrote out my “Language Bucket List.” The concept of a bucket list is a list of things you want to…


Giveaway Winners

All right, the Motivational March giveaway has ended. The winners are: Alex G. Zine Chiara G. Congrats! If you’re on that list, check your email. If you didn’t receive an email yet, let me know ASAP at Thank you to everyone who participated!

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Series Introduction: Motivation March

This is the introduction to my “Motivation March” series. I think this will be one of the most important set of articles I’ll write on the site because it addresses one of the main reasons people give up on their language goals: lack of motivation. And to really help motivate you, I’ve got a giveaway…

What that lady saw.


Just wanted to tell you guys what happened to me at the supermarket yesterday. I went there to buy some health food… While I was in there, an older woman was handing out free samples: small plates of hot pasta with slices of sausage. A college-aged kid in a white T-shirt and sweatpants came striding…