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…

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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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,…

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The Truth About Language Learning Apps

Okay, so there’s something that needs to be said about language learning apps, programs, and software… …I’m talking about stuff like Duolingo, Babbel, Rosetta Stone, Pimsleur, Assimil, Teach Yourself, and on and on and on. Almost without exception, they will provide benefit. And I think some programs do a better job than others. But if…

University of Wroclaw
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The Five Best Tips for Foreign Language Majors

Are you studying or planning to study languages in college? Then read on, because I have some great wisdom from people who have “walked the walk” before you. I reached out to five of my favorite bloggers–each of whom has majored in foreign language, cultural, and/or area studies at the university level–and asked them to…

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Put Your Heart Into It – Motivation March – Part 4

Okay, so we’re at the end of Motivation March. I’ve saved the most important tip for last: With language learning, put your heart into it. I’m cheating a little with this phrasing, because I mean two separate but somewhat related things. Basically, find reasons to learn a language that are transcendent and human. When we’re…