7 Common Language Learning Strategies That Don’t Work (And How to Fix Them)

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Here’s a common scenario: you decide to learn a language and tell your all friends and family your plans. Then they tell you about the “best” way to learn a second language (even though they don’t speak any other languages themselves). “Take a class!”, says one person. “Get a degree in the language”, suggests another. […]

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French Songs to Help You Learn French Faster

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French is a beautiful language, no doubt about it. But wrapping your head around the liaisons or getting stuck in grammar can make learning French seem like an impossible challenge. Truth is, French is actually not that hard to learn, with the right approach. There are a lot of language hacks to help you pick […]

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Is Watching Foreign Language Movies a Waste of Time?

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In the world of language learning folklore I often hear that foreign language movies are a golden ticket to fluency. But are foreign language movies really a great way to learn a language? Or are they a big waste of time? Let’s take a look… The Wrong Way to Watch Foreign Movies “Watching foreign movies […]

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How to Improve Your Listening Skills in a New Language

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Listening comprehension has been one of the hardest skills for me to develop in language learning. It’s usually my worst result in a language exam (I recently struggled to make the grade with listening in a mock advanced French exam, and had similar issues in my real German and Spanish exams). That’s why I was happy to see from […]

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125 Ways to Start (and Maintain) a Conversation in English

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Are you learning English and want to start real conversations with native English speakers? Or perhaps you’re learning another language, and would like ideas for how to get speaking practice. I know it can be scary to start a conversation with someone, or to join a group conversation – especially in your second language. You might be […]

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Listen to French: 50+ Incredible French Listening Resources

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Happy Bastille Day! Joyeux Le Quatorze Juillet ! To celebrate the French national holiday, let’s get into a specific aspect of learning this language. No matter how much you read French, or even practise speaking French, it can still be tricky to listen to French. Native French speakers can seem to speak really quickly to a […]

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Negotiation Tactics: How to Haggle Like Your Life Depends on It

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Here’s a secret: most people in the world don’t pay the price on the label. Instead, they negotiate a better deal. They haggle. Those of us who live in the Western world are so used to paying the price we’re told that we don’t even think to negotiate. That works okay when we’re at home […]

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How to Learn a Language While Studying Abroad

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After I finished my university degree and moved to Spain, most of my initial friends there were not Spaniards but exchange students learning Spanish. Europe’s Erasmus programme brings together students who are interested in the cultural and language exchange options of spending one of their university years (usually the 3rd) in a foreign country. Similar […]

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How I prepared for the French C1 exam

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How can you master French? One way is to set yourself the goal of reaching C1 or C2 level. I’ll explain more about that in a moment. So far on this blog I’ve usually written about how to get started in language learning. Getting started is one of the biggest hurdles for many language learners, […]

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A Powerful and Underrated Beginner Language Goal

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Why is language learning all about the intermediate or advanced levels? When you start learning a new language, it’s easy to get carried away with huge, unrealistic goals.  Maybe you dream of having deep conversations in your target language, or of reading advanced novels, or making play-on-word jokes. You may even want to talk about […]

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What’s it like to start learning a language?: Lauren’s 6 Week Update

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I’ve now been studying Russian for 2 hours a day for 6 weeks. In some ways, I can’t believe it’s already been 6 weeks. In other ways, I can’t believe it’s only been 6 weeks! I’m so pleased that I’m able to actually communicate in my “Tarzan” Russian with my teachers – some of which […]

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What can you do in 4 hours? Benny’s first Indonesian class

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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 […]

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Juggling Languages: The Balancing Act That All Polyglots Must Perform

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 […]

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