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Dávid Csere • October 20, 2014
  • bahasa
    Inspired by Moses McCormick’s unfiltered uploads, I’ve decided to share an unedited crucial moment in my language learning processes; both the first time I’ve ever spoken the language and my first ever class. What I did was study four hours over 2 days last week, starting from absolute scratch, and then on day 2 of studying […]

  • JesseJump
    In my inbox I see hundreds of people sharing their language learning woes every day, and in person I meet many people everywhere I go who struggle to start a language. There are many reasons they give, some of which are valid, but many times they are just excuses. Nothing reminds us more of this […]

  • skypme
    Skype language lessons are the future! For almost three years now, I’ve no longer been going to a specific country to learn its language, and instead I use spoken sessions on Skype (or other video/audio tools that I’ll discuss later) to bring up speaking skills up a notch, so that when I do reach the […]

  • chinesetext
    Since I’ve decided to reboot my Mandarin learning project, I got into regular Skype lessons and was aiming to use it while in Singapore. The video below shows this process of de-rusting my old Mandarin and reaching this first minor milestone! An overview of the video: 00:00 – 01:27 My first lesson back into Mandarin […]

  • singapore
    For the next few days, I’m in Singapore to host a language lab to train people to speak their target language on day one, and to sign copies of my book. I’m also using this visit to a country that speaks English as an official language, to investigate its other unique linguistic opportunities. In this […]

    • Review of Rosetta Stone: Detailed and honest look at latest version (TOTALe)
      This is a very detailed and frank review of the latest version of Rosetta Stone: version 4 TOTALe Rosetta Stone is one of the biggest brands in language learning in the English speaking world (not to be confused with the Rosetta Stone that helped us decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics, which it is named after). The problem is that it is out of the budget o...

    • 17 cultural clashes this European had in America
      Warning: If you are pissed off easily, don't read this post. Although plenty of (American) commenters agree with me, I'm also getting a flood of angry comments and hatemail, but this is my (as always) frank and honest non-watered-down opinion, take it or leave it! Read on to the conclusion to see my positive thoughts about Americans before you conclude ...

    • Why Learning French isn’t hard
      Today's guest post is from Zack, (@zackjsimon) who is a long-term reader of the blog and has sent me this guest post idea for a concept that you all know I like to write about for as many languages as I can! Considering French is considered by some to be among the world's "hardest languages" (yes, seriously, Parisians will insist on this; luckily, ...

    • 29 life lessons learned in travelling the world for 8 years straight
        EDIT: This blog post was written on my 8 year travel anniversary in 2011. In 2013 I celebrated my TEN year travel anniversary with a much more visual representation of the top ten lessons learned in travelling the world, including the absolute best footage from my travels, and you can hear me speak out the lessons directly to the camera. Here ...

    • Learning Mandarin Chinese Is Easy; You Just Think It’s Hard
      Napoleon Hill wrote in his bestselling book Think and Grow Rich, "There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge." Do you say to yourself, "I am too old/young/fat/skinny/rich/poor/educated/uneducated/white/black/gay/straight/hairy/hairless/sheep/goat to be learning a new language [or insert any formidable-sounding thing]." Realiz...

    • Learning the Irish language (Gaeilge)
      [Note: If you'd like something interesting to read in Irish (translated by natives from the Gaeltacht) check out the full version and now upraded Language Hacking Guide in the Fluent In 3 Months PREMIUM package] Gaeilge Gaeilge, Irish, or "Irish Gaelic" is the national and first official language of Ireland, as well as one of the official language...

    • Pimsleur Approach Review – An Honest Look
      In the recent survey about the "best" courses, Pimsleur came out on top, both among the best and the worst. Despite almost a decade of learning languages, I have to admit that I had never tried the Pimsleur approach. I was under the impression that audio based learning wouldn't work for me, as I considered myself a "visual" learner. But this was noth...