Why learning online is better than in-person, and how to make use of your technology

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One of the best tools available to us nowadays to help us learn a language is to get on Skype/Google+/Facetime or any VoIP tool and chat to a native speaker. The pros are many. It doesn’t require travel. Through many sites it’s cheaper than in-person lessons, and it usually has way more options than you […]

One of the best tools available to us nowadays to help us learn a language is to get on Skype/Google+/Facetime or any VoIP tool and chat to a native speaker. The pros are many. It doesn’t require travel. Through many sites it’s cheaper than in-person lessons, and it usually has way more options than you […]

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How to Make a New Year’s Resolution and Actually Keep It

Every year around January 1st, my inbox gets filled up with language learners excitedly declaring to me their New Year’s resolutions. They tell me, this is the year I will learn French! Learn Spanish! Learn Chinese! To all you resolved language learners out there, hoping to make 2015 the year you finally reach your language-learning […]

Every year around January 1st, my inbox gets filled up with language learners excitedly declaring to me their New Year’s resolutions. They tell me, this is the year I will learn French! Learn Spanish! Learn Chinese! To all you resolved language learners out there, hoping to make 2015 the year you finally reach your language-learning […]

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How to find the right teacher for online language lessons

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One of the most frequent questions I get when I talk about my intensive language projects is how do I find a good teacher? Today I want to cover this question in as much detail as possible, as part of my Skype language lesson series of posts. The previous post was how to prepare for […]

One of the most frequent questions I get when I talk about my intensive language projects is how do I find a good teacher? Today I want to cover this question in as much detail as possible, as part of my Skype language lesson series of posts. The previous post was how to prepare for […]

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Dictionary Giveaway: 12th Ed Collins English and Ultralingua app

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Who wants a free dictionary? Collins, who have been into dictionary publishing since 1819, were very kind to send me their brand new 12th edition Collins English dictionary which is the largest single-volume English dictionary in print. As you can see in the photo, it’s pretty big! This edition has more than 50,000 newly added […]

Who wants a free dictionary? Collins, who have been into dictionary publishing since 1819, were very kind to send me their brand new 12th edition Collins English dictionary which is the largest single-volume English dictionary in print. As you can see in the photo, it’s pretty big! This edition has more than 50,000 newly added […]

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Skype Language Lessons Crash Course Part 1: How to prepare for your first Skype language session

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Skype language lessons are the future! For almost three years now, I’ve no longer been going to a specific country to learn its language, and instead I use spoken sessions on Skype (or other video/audio tools that I’ll discuss later) to bring up speaking skills up a notch, so that when I do reach the […]

Skype language lessons are the future! For almost three years now, I’ve no longer been going to a specific country to learn its language, and instead I use spoken sessions on Skype (or other video/audio tools that I’ll discuss later) to bring up speaking skills up a notch, so that when I do reach the […]

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My latest language learning creation: A NEW video-based website for language-learners

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For a while now, I’ve been working on something new that you may have picked up on when reading the blog, but that I’ve never officially announced, because it wasn’t quite ready yet! But after months of creating, researching, recording and planning, I’m very proud to tell you all about my new premium website for […]

For a while now, I’ve been working on something new that you may have picked up on when reading the blog, but that I’ve never officially announced, because it wasn’t quite ready yet! But after months of creating, researching, recording and planning, I’m very proud to tell you all about my new premium website for […]

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Learning With Texts: New site, new version, many improvements. Move your data over!

LWT now gets its own server! It is no longer at fi3m.com/lwt, but instead at lwtfi3m.co – a 100% dedicated LWT site! It will run very fast with no bugs. Check out this blog post for details!

LWT now gets its own server! It is no longer at fi3m.com/lwt, but instead at lwtfi3m.co – a 100% dedicated LWT site! It will run very fast with no bugs. Check out this blog post for details!

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World’s most useful language learning t-shirt: Let everyone know what language you are learning!

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Now, I knew everyone wouldn’t want it to say “Cunning Linguist”!! That’s just too cheeky for a lot of people (if you don’t get the joke, then say it quickly and you’ll notice it sounds like something else…), especially since a linguist isn’t the same as a language lover. Despite this, I have to say that in some places, especially in English speaking countries where people get the joke, I’ve had so many complete strangers come up to me and compliment me on the hilarious play on words.

But since that may be too risqué for many, I made sure that the options “Language Lover” (generally more understandable) and “Polyglot” (more specific and accurate, even if a less known word in English.. for the moment ;) ) were available instead, also in the same dialogue world bubble.

Now, I knew everyone wouldn’t want it to say “Cunning Linguist”!! That’s just too cheeky for a lot of people (if you don’t get the joke, then say it quickly and you’ll notice it sounds like something else…), especially since a linguist isn’t the same as a language lover. Despite this, I have to say that in some places, especially in English speaking countries where people get the joke, I’ve had so many complete strangers come up to me and compliment me on the hilarious play on words.

But since that may be too risqué for many, I made sure that the options “Language Lover” (generally more understandable) and “Polyglot” (more specific and accurate, even if a less known word in English.. for the moment ;) ) were available instead, also in the same dialogue world bubble.

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Best free online language-specific monolingual and bilingual dictionaries

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Throw away your dusty old dead tree dictionaries! They are either too bulky (and expensive) to use conveniently, and not updated regularly enough, or they are too small to cover all the words you might need. It’s the 21st century, so lets embrace all the free online dictionaries available to us! Multilingual dictionaries When discussing […]

Throw away your dusty old dead tree dictionaries! They are either too bulky (and expensive) to use conveniently, and not updated regularly enough, or they are too small to cover all the words you might need. It’s the 21st century, so lets embrace all the free online dictionaries available to us! Multilingual dictionaries When discussing […]

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40+ FREE online language learning resources: Most comprehensive and up to date list of courses, communities, exchanges and more!

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The great thing about blogging, compared to traditional print media, is that you can update posts as often as you like. With that in mind, I’ve decided to make this the go-to page for the most comprehensive list of completely free online resources for learning and practising many languages, that you may find online!

I will constantly be coming back to this post to make sure it is up to date with the latest and best links.

The great thing about blogging, compared to traditional print media, is that you can update posts as often as you like. With that in mind, I’ve decided to make this the go-to page for the most comprehensive list of completely free online resources for learning and practising many languages, that you may find online!

I will constantly be coming back to this post to make sure it is up to date with the latest and best links.

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Language Hacking Links: Resolution, Total Annihilation and Level up edition

Today I’ve written a guest post on Lifehacker entitled “How to successfully learn a new language this year“, to give some suggestions for those who aren’t sure where to go with their learn-a-language New Year’s resolution. This is the second time in a month I’ve posted on that site, the last one being a post […]

Today I’ve written a guest post on Lifehacker entitled “How to successfully learn a new language this year“, to give some suggestions for those who aren’t sure where to go with their learn-a-language New Year’s resolution. This is the second time in a month I’ve posted on that site, the last one being a post […]

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Review of Verbling: Chat-roulette style learning system with separate courses

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Note: This review discusses the free chat-roulette aspect of Verbling. There is also a paid aspect and courses, that I will add to this review shortly. They were added after I wrote this review, and so the look of the site is very different. For now, I would not personally recommend anything but its free […]

Note: This review discusses the free chat-roulette aspect of Verbling. There is also a paid aspect and courses, that I will add to this review shortly. They were added after I wrote this review, and so the look of the site is very different. For now, I would not personally recommend anything but its free […]

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Review of italki: Find native teachers and free language exchanges to learn a language via Skype

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Today I’m ready to share one of my favourite discoveries of this year for learning a language; italki. I’ve reviewed several websites in the past, such as LingQ, Livemocha & Busuu, DuoLingo, and paid courses such as Rosetta Stone. They each have advantages and disadvantages, but my conclusion is generally the same, that you can’t […]

Today I’m ready to share one of my favourite discoveries of this year for learning a language; italki. I’ve reviewed several websites in the past, such as LingQ, Livemocha & Busuu, DuoLingo, and paid courses such as Rosetta Stone. They each have advantages and disadvantages, but my conclusion is generally the same, that you can’t […]

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21 ways to work, socialise & sleep well, maintain inbox 0 with 400+ emails, AND intensively learn a language all in a day! Time hacking 2.0

I can now share 21 hacks I apply every single day, to make sure that I can stay on top of all of this and still have plenty of time to invest entirely into learning the language, as well as have an actual social life!

I can now share 21 hacks I apply every single day, to make sure that I can stay on top of all of this and still have plenty of time to invest entirely into learning the language, as well as have an actual social life!

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Interview with DuoLingo (and Captcha) creator Luis Von Ahn, in Spanish (with Eng/Spa subtitles)

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If you are learning Spanish try to watch them without subtitles, or just with the Spanish subtitles enabled. Luis is from Guatemala and speaks a very clear and easy to understand Spanish.

Luis and I got in touch and I invited him to sit down with me over Skype and talk about the new language learning system that had a lot of buzz about it over the summer, and that he introduced to us in a TED talk (in English and in Spanish). You can also read a detailed review of the system in a blog post here.

If you are learning Spanish try to watch them without subtitles, or just with the Spanish subtitles enabled. Luis is from Guatemala and speaks a very clear and easy to understand Spanish.

Luis and I got in touch and I invited him to sit down with me over Skype and talk about the new language learning system that had a lot of buzz about it over the summer, and that he introduced to us in a TED talk (in English and in Spanish). You can also read a detailed review of the system in a blog post here.

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