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    About two and a half years ago, I finally had the chance to catch up with Tim Ferriss and interview him about language learning. It went well besides my bad connection in Brazil meaning I had to upload the lowest possible quality video. We had a great chat about language learning in general, around the […]
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    Get a fast pass, and avoid the mistakes I share in this article… Today I’m launching a new series of six language hacking guides to help people learn languages the fast way. The guides cover French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese and English. This weekend only you can get them for a very special introductory price. […]
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  • Why Italian is Easy
    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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    One of the most popular and well-known tools for learning a language online is DuoLingo. DuoLingo is completely free. But is it worth it, and how do you use it? To investigate, Agnieszka from 5-Minute Language shares her experience using DuoLingo to genuinely learn some languages. Over to you Agnieszka!   The free language learning […]
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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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    • 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...
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    • 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, ...
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    • DuoLingo Review: The Quick, Easy and Free Way to Learn A Language
      One of the most popular and well-known tools for learning a language online is DuoLingo. DuoLingo is completely free. But is it worth it, and how do you use it? To investigate, Agnieszka from 5-Minute Language shares her experience using DuoLingo to genuinely learn some languages. Over to you Agnieszka!   The free language learning app DuoLing...
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    • 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]." Realize th...
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    • 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 ...
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    • 29 life lessons learned in travelling the world for 8 years straight
      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 it is: httpvh:/...
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    • Learning the Irish language (Gaeilge)
      [Note: If you'd like something interesting to read in Irish (translated by natives from the Gaeltacht) check out the full version and now uprgaded Language Hacking Guide in the Fluent In 3 Months PREMIUM package] Gaeilge Gaeilge, Irish, or "Irish Gaelic" is the national and first official language of Ireland, as well as one of the official languages o...
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