BlogPosts Tagged "LingQ"
9 Jan 2017
What are the similarities and differences between Japanese, Chinese and Korean, and how should we go about learning them? To what extent can learning one help you with the others? Let me share my experience in learning these three Asian languages. Mandarin Chinese: Intense and Structured I spent almost a year studying Mandarin full time […]Read more Differences Between Chinese, Japanese and Korean
19 Dec 2016
From time to time English teachers contact me and ask if I can write or record something that will motivate their students to work on their English. Here’s what I told a group of students from Siberia whose teacher reached out to me. Languages Mean Opportunities People often want to know the best language to […]Read more Why English is Important
4 Dec 2016
When I wrote my book The Linguist: A Personal Guide to Language Learning, I began with what I called ‘The Parable of the Crooked Tree’. The author of the parable was Zhuangzi, an early exponent of Taoism, a school of Chinese philosophy from over 2,000 years ago. I referred to Taoism on a number of occasions in my book. Zhuangzi’s basic principle in life was to follow what was natural, what [...]Read more How to Learn Any Language Effortlessly
You are unlikely to learn to speak a new language perfectly, but perfection should not be your goal. Your main goal should be effective communication. I am not perfect in any of the languages that I speak, but I can communicate. And whenever I communicate in another language I'm satisfied. I also know from experience that my ability to speak and to pronounce well will only improve with time, [...]Read more How To Improve Your Speaking Skills
What is active and passive vocabulary? A learner's passive vocabulary is the words that they understand but don't use yet. Active vocabulary, on the other hand, is the words that learners understand and use in speaking or writing.When learning a language, should we focus more on developing an ability to speak or on building up our understanding of the language? This is a common question [...]Read more Active And Passive Vocabulary In Language Learning
French was my first love when it comes to languages. In fact, there’s an expression in French: “On revient toujours a son premier amour." It means you always go back to your first love. I love French; I love all the languages that I learn, but I have a special affection for French. I highly recommend learning French for beginners. There’s a whole world that you can access so much better if [...]Read more French for Beginners – What You Need to Know
Join me in Vancouver, at our LingQ headquarters, for three months to do the following:- Spend two hours a day studying English with LingQ under my personal guidance. - Spend up to five hours a day of working with our LingQ team in English. - Spend the rest of your time taking advantage of living in an English speaking environment.Read more Come to Vancouver and Learn With Me!
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
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