Language learning is about communicating. It’s about meaning. It’s about substance. Therefore, we want to learn the language from content that’s of interest to us and when we talk we want to communicate things that make sense.Read more The Yin and Yang of Language Learning
People often ask me how I learned 15 languages. I will tell you what works for me; you’ll have to decide if this can work for you. Here are the first four secrets to language learning success...Read more The Seven Secrets to Language Learning Success: Part 1
When it comes to learning a new language, some learners like dictionaries. They read them. They treasure them. They worry about getting the best possible dictionary. I don’t like using dictionaries. Using them is like one-way love.Read more Forget the Dictionary! Create Your Own Dictionary
I believe that reading and listening, the same things that are so powerful for language learning, are extremely important in order for people to be competitive in the new economy.Read more Can Reading And Listening Help Your Career?
Human beings are learning machines. We spend our lives learning. We can’t help but learn. The only question is what we will learn and how it will affect our lives.Read more 4 Steps to Self-Empowerment Through Learning
What constitutes the essence of achieving a breakthrough in language learning? I think that the key lies in the word “linking”. First of all learners must form emotional links with the language they are learning. They must be interested in the language, in the people and in some aspects of the culture.Read more Want to Achieve a Language Learning Breakthrough?
There are two stages in language learning: the initial intense study of a limited number of words, and the later more extensive approach to learning in order to acquire the up to 10,000 words needed to function at a professional level. These two stages make up the upside down hockey stick.Read more The Two Stages of Language Learning: The Upside Down Hockey Stick
Speaking like a native is the ultimate goal of language learning. It is a goal that is almost never achieved. However, that is no reason not to aspire to this lofty goal, even in the knowledge that we will not get there.Read more Do You Dream of Speaking Like a Native?
Need more motivation to make learning a language your New Year’s resolution? Here are 5 benefits of speaking multiple langauges. Imagine the scene: you walk into a bar in rural Japan. The bar owner looks nervous. He’s no doubt wondering how he will go about expressing the menu in body language. Then, to his surprise and […]Read more 5 Benefits of Speaking Multiple Languages