Tag Archives: Language learning

27 February 2015

Automatic Translation Technology – Replacing Language Learning?

I hear more and more about automatic translation technology. Skype recently announced their Skype Translator Preview – An Exciting Journey to a New Chapter in Communication. This translation technology will make it possible for people to communicate via Skype across languages. Two people can speak two different languages, and the conversation is automatically translated for each […]

30 January 2015

Words, Why They Matter And How To Acquire Them.

In language learning, the importance of reading and a large vocabulary, can’t be overstated. In response to my recent video on this subject I received comments from those who are convinced that we can converse quite comfortably with just a few hundred words. This debate is a regular feature of the discussion of language learning […]

12 February 2014

My 90-Day Challenge – One third of the way

On January 15 of this year, I committed to spend the next 90 days in intensive study in order to learn Korean, or at least significantly improve my Korean language skills. This meant stepping up my daily language learning activities from roughly one hour a day, to three or four hours a day, giving me […]

3 December 2013

Pope Francis and capitalism

Pope Francis’ negative view of capitalism is out of place. We live better, longer, healthier and especially more securely today, than ever, thanks to capitalism. How much regulation, taxation and equalization we need in today’s capitalist societies is for each country to decide, not the Pope. Pope Francis should worry more about church issues, such […]

27 November 2013

Travel and language learning

Is travel a motivator for language learning? Yes. Do you need to travel to the country in order to learn the language? No. If you travel to the country, will you learn the language? Not necessarily.

20 November 2013

Task Based Language Teaching and the Manitoba Ritz cracker

A mother in Manitoba sent her children to pre-school with a warm lunch of carrots, potatoes, and meatballs. As reported in this newspaper article, the pre-school fined the mother $10 for not having included any grain in the lunch. The pre-school supplemented this lack of grain with Ritz crackers. The teachers at the pre-school were […]

19 November 2013

Golf and language learning – An interview with Martin Chuck

I had a chance to interview Martin Chuck, one of the most popular golf instructors on YouTube. Do you see any similarities between learning to play golf and learning languages?

12 November 2013

Word count, graded readers and fluency

How many words do we need to know? When are we fluent? How useful are graded readers? It all depends.

8 November 2013

Graded readers and word count. What do you think?

Word count and graded readers are popular talking points when it comes to language learning. There is a lively discussion thread at our LingQ forum about graded readers. This article on Wikipedia discusses the different ways of determining the readability of a text. There is no doubt that the more known words there are in a […]

31 October 2013

What is the major obstacle to achieving fluency in another language?

I will be in Arizona and California for most of the next month. November is the rainiest month in Vancouver. My wife and I often head south for the month to play some golf and visit with friends. I will try to keep the videos and blog posts going. But I have a question. Let […]