Forget “learning a language.” Focus on forming the habit.

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Meet Maneesh Sethi. Maneesh is a friend, an inventor, and a fellow language learner (he has been a DJ in Berlin, and spoken on stage in Italian, among other things) with a very particular passion… For years, he has been obsessed with solving the problem of maintaining motivation that we all face in trying to […]

Meet Maneesh Sethi. Maneesh is a friend, an inventor, and a fellow language learner (he has been a DJ in Berlin, and spoken on stage in Italian, among other things) with a very particular passion… For years, he has been obsessed with solving the problem of maintaining motivation that we all face in trying to […]

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8 Lessons Learned from Visiting Every Country in the World

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One of the most popular posts on this blog is my 29 life lessons learned in travelling the world (for 8 years straight). I’ve personally been to a couple of dozen countries, but then there are people like my friend Chris Guillebeau. He has been to every single country on earth! I’ve met Chris on […]

One of the most popular posts on this blog is my 29 life lessons learned in travelling the world (for 8 years straight). I’ve personally been to a couple of dozen countries, but then there are people like my friend Chris Guillebeau. He has been to every single country on earth! I’ve met Chris on […]

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Dealing with life in language learning challenges: 60 day group update

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You may remember the one month update coming from three different language learners about a month ago. All three are back and ready to let us know how things are progressing at the month two point. This discusses an issue that we all have to deal with – life getting in the way of our […]

You may remember the one month update coming from three different language learners about a month ago. All three are back and ready to let us know how things are progressing at the month two point. This discusses an issue that we all have to deal with – life getting in the way of our […]

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What You Can Do With The Most Common 300 Words In A Foreign Language?

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I met Frank, who runs Lingo Interactive, at the very start of this year’s US book tour after being in touch for a while via the blog. When he sent me this great guest post, the Spartan in me couldn’t resist running with it! It’s about picking essential words to learn at the beginning of […]

I met Frank, who runs Lingo Interactive, at the very start of this year’s US book tour after being in touch for a while via the blog. When he sent me this great guest post, the Spartan in me couldn’t resist running with it! It’s about picking essential words to learn at the beginning of […]

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¿Cómo Aprender Inglés Sin Haber Ido Antes a Estados Unidos? (15 divertidos tips para aprender un nuevo idioma)

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Llevo 5 años escribiendo en este blog y todos los artículos son en inglés… hasta hoy. Sé que muchos de mis lectores no son nativos del inglés y que muchos están aprendiendo inglés todavía. Por eso, vamos a ver qué tal si comparto algunos artículos que no estén escritos en inglés, como el de hoy. Conocí […]

Llevo 5 años escribiendo en este blog y todos los artículos son en inglés… hasta hoy. Sé que muchos de mis lectores no son nativos del inglés y que muchos están aprendiendo inglés todavía. Por eso, vamos a ver qué tal si comparto algunos artículos que no estén escritos en inglés, como el de hoy. Conocí […]

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Tips for Learning Non-European Languages

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Now that the summer has wrapped up, it’s time to dive back into language learning, and let’s start with some thoughts on non-European languages! For that, my hyperpolyglot friend Judith Meyer is back and has written up this excellent post for us. I met in Esperanto gatherings and always see her busy answering Quora questions, […]

Now that the summer has wrapped up, it’s time to dive back into language learning, and let’s start with some thoughts on non-European languages! For that, my hyperpolyglot friend Judith Meyer is back and has written up this excellent post for us. I met in Esperanto gatherings and always see her busy answering Quora questions, […]

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Why learning in a group beats learning alone anytime (Case Studies)

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As a fun change in pace, today we are sharing three stories from people who are in the middle of their 3-month language learning journeys. We’ll catch up with each of them in a month to see how they are doing First, I’ll hand the blog post over to Brian Kwong, who has orchestrated the Add1Challenge […]

As a fun change in pace, today we are sharing three stories from people who are in the middle of their 3-month language learning journeys. We’ll catch up with each of them in a month to see how they are doing First, I’ll hand the blog post over to Brian Kwong, who has orchestrated the Add1Challenge […]

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Fun and Engaging Language Learning with Children’s Picture Books

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While my book tour continues, I’m happy to welcome another guest post about a concept in language learning we’ve all looked into at one time or another – using children’s books to learn foreign languages! Let’s see what Tim from www.theLanguageBear.com has to say on this! ——— There are a several language learning methods that […]

While my book tour continues, I’m happy to welcome another guest post about a concept in language learning we’ve all looked into at one time or another – using children’s books to learn foreign languages! Let’s see what Tim from www.theLanguageBear.com has to say on this! ——— There are a several language learning methods that […]

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How To Be Organised About Learning New Vocabulary

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In today’s guest post, Kerstin from fluent language shares her thoughts on learning new vocabulary. Enjoy! —- My name is Kerstin and I’m a dictionary fiend. Learning new words and figuring out how they’re related to other languages is one of my favourite parts of language learning. The following bits of advice about vocabulary learning […]

In today’s guest post, Kerstin from fluent language shares her thoughts on learning new vocabulary. Enjoy! —- My name is Kerstin and I’m a dictionary fiend. Learning new words and figuring out how they’re related to other languages is one of my favourite parts of language learning. The following bits of advice about vocabulary learning […]

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How to Learn a Language like Google

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You can learn a lot about how language works by studying how software-engineers approach the challenge of speech-recognition. In the early days of the field, engineers theorized that getting a computer to recognize speech was merely a question programming a large database of word recordings into it. For example, get a speaker to say the phrase “I can’t wait to watch this Kickstarter video!”, and the machine would be able to link the phrase with the sounds from its database and tease out the co

You can learn a lot about how language works by studying how software-engineers approach the challenge of speech-recognition. In the early days of the field, engineers theorized that getting a computer to recognize speech was merely a question programming a large database of word recordings into it. For example, get a speaker to say the phrase “I can’t wait to watch this Kickstarter video!”, and the machine would be able to link the phrase with the sounds from its database and tease out the co

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How to automate your language learning (IFTTT)

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One of the biggest challenges for students of any foreign language is finding the time to study.

Many of us have started, stopped and restarted learning a foreign language several times. After a long day at school or work, chores, meals, and maybe a workout we often feel unmotivated or lack the time to study. One of the best ways to find time to study is to use technology to automate your language study.

Benny is obviously a huge proponent of finding the most efficient to learn languages and has many posts about hacking your studies. One way I like to “hack” my time, is to automate the process of language learning in as many ways as I can.

One of the biggest challenges for students of any foreign language is finding the time to study.

Many of us have started, stopped and restarted learning a foreign language several times. After a long day at school or work, chores, meals, and maybe a workout we often feel unmotivated or lack the time to study. One of the best ways to find time to study is to use technology to automate your language study.

Benny is obviously a huge proponent of finding the most efficient to learn languages and has many posts about hacking your studies. One way I like to “hack” my time, is to automate the process of language learning in as many ways as I can.

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Sprint! Take goal setting in language learning to the next level

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What comes to mind when I say the words “goal setting”?

Is it:

a) Yes! I’m there!

b) I never bother

c) I know it’s important, but…

I’ve known people who fall into all three camps. Some people seem to have a natural ability to set goals and stick to them. Others just get started and don’t bother with goals.

But when it comes to language learning in particular, I suspect there’s a fairly large number of people who fall into the last category.

I’m a classic example of this. I’m great at setting goals – I can set goals and decide how I’ll achieve them all day. Sometimes I actually do :) But, inevitably, after a certain period of time, I fall off the log. I can’t, or don’t, follow through.

Happens every time.

I have massive respect for people who are strong at goal setting and have the stick-to-it-iveness to follow through. But what happens if you just don’t work that way?

What comes to mind when I say the words “goal setting”?

Is it:

a) Yes! I’m there!

b) I never bother

c) I know it’s important, but…

I’ve known people who fall into all three camps. Some people seem to have a natural ability to set goals and stick to them. Others just get started and don’t bother with goals.

But when it comes to language learning in particular, I suspect there’s a fairly large number of people who fall into the last category.

I’m a classic example of this. I’m great at setting goals – I can set goals and decide how I’ll achieve them all day. Sometimes I actually do :) But, inevitably, after a certain period of time, I fall off the log. I can’t, or don’t, follow through.

Happens every time.

I have massive respect for people who are strong at goal setting and have the stick-to-it-iveness to follow through. But what happens if you just don’t work that way?

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9 Reasons You’re Hitting Language Learning Walls (& How to Break Through Them to Finally Become Fluent)

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It’s the feeling of stagnation, like sitting around and waiting for something to happen because you know you’ve been putting in the work.

It’s what happens when you feel a huge rush of demotivation because you’re really tired of studying this language every single day and not seeing much of a return for it.

Benny Lewis has definitely hit them before and so have thousands of other language learners.

BRICK WALLS. At the end of the day, some get through them and some don’t.

It’s the feeling of stagnation, like sitting around and waiting for something to happen because you know you’ve been putting in the work.

It’s what happens when you feel a huge rush of demotivation because you’re really tired of studying this language every single day and not seeing much of a return for it.

Benny Lewis has definitely hit them before and so have thousands of other language learners.

BRICK WALLS. At the end of the day, some get through them and some don’t.

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4 language learning revelations from a Ms. World contestant

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Karen who runs Immersia offers these words of encouragement – I love seeing the same realizations from such a wide range of people, and am happy to share hers with you today, especially since she has such an interesting and different background. Over to you Karen: ——— I was born in the Ukraine and my […]

Karen who runs Immersia offers these words of encouragement – I love seeing the same realizations from such a wide range of people, and am happy to share hers with you today, especially since she has such an interesting and different background. Over to you Karen: ——— I was born in the Ukraine and my […]

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Is Japanese Hard? Why Japanese is easier than you think!

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“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 would have you believe, and is in fact easier in many key ways than supposedly “easy” Romance languages like Spanish.

“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 would have you believe, and is in fact easier in many key ways than supposedly “easy” Romance languages like Spanish.

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