Category: Language Hacks


How to convince natives to speak to you in their language

written by Benny Lewis

Some people may be surprised to hear that even when living in the country that speaks the language you want to learn, it can still be very hard to convince someone to actually speak it to you! Presuming you can read this blog you have been cursed with being a native (or fluent) in a […]


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Imagination: your key to enjoying memorizing hundreds of words quickly

written by Benny Lewis

Do you feel like you your memory capacity for learning lots of new words is holding you back? I certainly felt that way… When I was given a list of foreign words (German in my case) to learn the meaning of in school, it was always unclear how to actually do this. Nobody ever taught […]


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Defining fluency in order to achieve fluency!

Defining fluency in order to achieve fluency!

written by Benny Lewis

Continuing from my previous two posts about focussing on specifying your motivations and minigoals, it’s important to have a clear idea of the end-goal. i.e. FLUENCY (for many people). You will find this hard to achieve if you don’t know what you are aiming for, so today I am going to attempt to define this […]


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Mini-goals are the path to achieving fluency

written by Benny Lewis

I am continuing from yesterday’s post about how Redefining your Motivation can give you new things to aim for in the long-run; by going a step further and looking entirely at the short term. When we think of goals, we may think of something to work towards over a long period of time that you […]


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Redefining your motivation

written by Benny Lewis

Why are you learning this language? We all have a good reason to learn a new language; discovering our roots, passion for travel, academic purposes, pure interest etc. Once again, I’ll start off my post with another frank and sweeping statement; these reasons are useless if you want to become fluent quickly. They are vague, […]


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Travel phrasebooks: a serious language learner’s best first book to study

written by Benny Lewis

Please note: this article was written in June 2009. Those who know me, are aware that I can actually take a lot with me on cheap flights, but I still have to decide what is and what isn’t coming with me for my next 6 months on the road! (Czech Republic, then likely somewhere in […]


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