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  • funny schoolgirl
    You just spent a few hours studying your target language, and you’re feeling great. You’re feeling like you can do this. You’ve got a routine planned. You’ve got it all mapped out. But a day goes by. Then two days. And you haven’t gotten back to your language practice. Before you know it, you start […]

  • Man Expressing Road Rage
    This is an R-rated post. If you’d prefer something more family friendly about unusual words in other languages, you’ll likely enjoy our post on endearments from around the world. Rough day? There’s nothing like the satisfaction of throwing down a hearty swear word. Some of my favourite languages are those with really fulfilling and creative […]

  • laurenrussian2
    As you might already know, my partner Lauren is learning Russian. But she’s been making slow progress. Why? I suspect it’s because something really important has been missing from her project… A deadline. That changes today. We’ve decided to put Lauren on the spot and share her journey with all of you, by documenting her […]

  • pet_love
    Have you ever wanted to woo a lover with your prowess in languages? What better way than by giving them a very special name from another part of the world. Around the world and across languages, people express their love in different, imaginative and sometimes – to our English speaking minds – strange ways. You […]

  • glasses
    When it comes to expressing the world around us and communicating our thoughts to other people, language has a pretty tough task, and sometimes our words can be pretty flawed at getting the job done. But some languages use different tactics from others to solve communication problems. After learning as many languages as I have, […]

    • 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...

    • 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, ...

    • 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 ...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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 ...

    • 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...