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My philosophy in language learning is, always has been, and always will be to Speak From Day One. But for many people, this is terrifying! And because I have been talking so much about how effective I've found using Skype and language exchange websites, or in-person meetings early on in a language project to chat with native speakers right away, I've been asked a lot of questions about what to do if you're too shy to speak from day one. So today [more]
Hi everyone! I just got an email from my mother, who told me that the bookstore in Cavan (my hometown in Ireland) has Fluent in 3 months on its shelves. The book has finally been published!I absolutely can't wait to share this incredibly encouraging language learning advice with the world and am so glad you all finally get to read it!! I really look forward to your feedback and welcome all reviews on Amazon and elsewhere. In the book I talk [more]
After almost eleven years of travelling the world, I finally had the time to learn some Japanese and visit this unique country. I had a whirlwind adventure over several weeks, and am right now in as opposite a culture as I can imagine, in Texas (to launch my book Fluent in 3 months when it gets published in just a few days, don't forget to check out the US giveaway or UK giveaway while you can before they are taken down [more]
“Japanese is really freaking difficult.” “Japanese is really freaking vague.” “Japanese is really freaking illogical.” These statements have three things in common: They are widely believed by many would-be Japanese learners. They get in the way of learning the language. They are completely bogus. To succeed in your Japanese mission, you must ignore the cynics, defeatists, killjoys, naysayers, party poopers, pessimists, sourpusses, and wet blankets. Japanese is not nearly as challenging as the Debby Downers [more]
What a whirlwind few months! Rough start, but a good first two months Back in September after announcing my Japanese project, I jumped in and started speaking spontaneously my first weeks, and was able to share a prepared speech pretty confidently. But I quickly ran into a hitch of being desperately sick, just when I was starting to build momentum. A week out of action, also meant a further week catching up on work so I couldn't study full-time for almost two whole [more]