How to Speak Spanish in 4 Days

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While you can’t master or reach fluency in a few days, you absolutely can start to speak a language in this time. I famously aim for Day 1 (or even hour one), but experience in doing it so often has given me a big edge. Passing the speaking barrier is one of the most important […]

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How to Speak German: The Faster Way to Learn German

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In my travels around the world and my conversations with language learners I’ve noticed that German is often seen as a difficult language. Yes, German vocabulary is gendered. Yes, there are some really long words to learn. And yes, the grammar isn’t always intuitive. But there’s plenty about German that is easy too. I’d like […]

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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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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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My system for learning the Russian cases (with examples)

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Today’s post is from Lauren, updating you on her plans for her Russian project, and discussing how she’s planning to start learning the Russian cases.  Over to you, Lauren! —— It’s been well over 3 months since I started the Russian project, so it’s time for me to regroup and reflect. In the end, I […]

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5 Steps to Become Conversationally Fluent in Spanish

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Spanish is the language that started off my lifelong obsession with language learning, so it holds a special place in my heart. Thanks to Spanish I was able to discover what what holding me back from becoming fluent in any language. My road to fluency in Spanish was messy, full of false starts and bad […]

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Italian: Imperfect Tense Language Hacks

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This is an altered extract from my new language hackers’ guide, Why Italian is Easy. Want to hack Italian so you can learn it fast? Find out more at the end of this post. Thanks to Transparent Language for the examples we’ll use in this post! Confused by the past tenses in Italian? There are two main ways […]

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Why Chinese is Easy: The Smart Way to Learn Chinese Tones

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Tones. A huge issue people have when learning Chinese is the fact that it’s a tonal language. Let’s start with the bad news. If you don’t get tones down well, it will be really hard for native Mandarin speakers to understand you. Now for the good news. Getting tones right isn’t nearly as hard as […]

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Learn to Speak Persian: Your Complete Guide

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Not to be one to neglect languages that don’t get so much exposure (regardless of number of speakers), I wanted to invite someone to give us a detailed overview of Persian, how to learn it, and why it’s easier than you think it is.  So I invited Tom Allen of Tom’s Bike Trip to come to the […]

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How to Remember Difficult English Spellings

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Do you struggle with English spelling? You’re not alone. English, for various historical reasons, has borrowed words from many other languages. As a result, its spelling and pronunciation is a bit… all over the map! Unfortunately, English doesn’t have a simple list of rules to follow that helps you pronounce any new word that you […]

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Why French Is Easy: How to Understand Spoken French

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Learning French can be easy, fun, and fast. Though it took me a while to discover that. French was the third language I tried to learn, after Spanish and Italian. You would think that by the time I got to French, things would have been easy and I’d breeze through the language in no time. […]

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How I got over my fears to finally speak Russian

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Today’s post is by Lauren, my partner on the blog and in life! After successfully learning Esperanto last year to get her started in language learning, she has decided to make Russian one of her goals for 2015. She had a false start at first, that I’m sure many of you can relate to. But […]

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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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Singlish: The Singaporean English creole [video interview]

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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 […]

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