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Dávid Csere • October 20, 2014
  • Polyglottery is a bit of a balancing act. Because we only have so many hours in a day, we can’t learn all languages. But when you have the itch for language learning like I and so many other polyglots do, you sometimes can’t help but to take on a new language challenge even though you […]

  • chinawall
    After devoting the majority of this year to meeting aspiring new language learners to give them my best advice face-to-face, I can now get back to focusing on my own goals! I am a strong believer in intensive missions at the start of language projects – it skyrockets us forward at what is undoubtedly the […]

  • NEW_DESIGN
    I’m sure you can’t help but notice that your favourite language learning website is looking a bit… FREAKIN’ AMAZING? SLEEK AND SEXY-FIED? LIKE THERE’S SOME SORT OF ORGANIZATION? Well, I’m glad you noticed Today is a huge day for me because it represents a culmination of months and months of hard work and tough decisions, […]

  • polyglot_problem
    A “First world problem” is a minor inconvenience for people who don’t have to deal with any pressing concerns – an advantage of living in a richer country or having a rich lifestyle. As such, it’s hardly something to genuinely complain about. Along the same lines, a Polyglot Problem is an inconvenience you only have […]

  • how_to_find
    On Monday (13th October 2014), I hop on a flight to Thailand – after which I’ll be hanging out in Asia for several months. Those of you subscribed to the email list will find out precisely where we go next, and what we’re doing, before anyone else But as you know, I’ve been very busy […]

    • 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 ...

    • Learning Mandarin Chinese Is Easy; You Just Think It’s Hard
      This is a guest post from Nina Yau who writes at Castles in the Air. You can follow her on twitter here. Note that I've personally written over 8,000 words about why Chinese is easier than you think after my experience learning to speak it. I met Nina at the WDS in Portland and was immediately impressed by her immense energy and enthusiasm. She...

    • 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 ...

    • 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, ...

    • 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...

    • DuoLingo Review: The Quick, Easy and Free Way to Learn A Language
      Today a brand new completely free language learning resource and tool for translating the Internet (via real people rather than automatically) has become publicly available. It's called DuoLingo. Luis von Ahn gave a TED talk about it some time ago (in both English and Spanish), so there has been plenty of interest built up about it, and an invitatio...