2 Jun 2021
*** This post is a transcript of a video on my YouTube channel. Studying English? Here’s the transcript as a lesson to study on LingQ. Back in 1968, I was sent to Hong Kong by the Canadian government to learn Mandarin Chinese. I spent a year learning Chinese and then the idea […]Read more How I Learned Japanese
26 May 2021
The most important task in language learning, in my opinion, is the acquisition of vocabulary. If we have enough words, we can make sense of what we’re reading or listening to and we can somehow express ourselves. Vocabulary is much more important than grammar. The grammar you acquire gradually as you become familiar with the […]Read more How to Learn Vocabulary Fast
19 May 2021
*** This post is a transcript of a video on my YouTube channel. Studying English? Here’s the transcript as a lesson to study on LingQ. We regularly see blog posts and videos where people provide advice on how to learn a language in a given period of time: one month, three months, […]Read more Learn a Language in a Month: Is It Possible?
12 May 2021
If you really want to learn English fast, here is what you do. This advice is valid for other languages as well. The only difference between English and other languages is that most people learning English have had a lot of classroom instruction, which is not usually the case for learners of other languages. […]Read more How to Learn English Fast
5 May 2021
First of all, the first thing I think we need to do to study effectively is to improve our reading skills. If we aren't good readers, we need to become good readers, to read faster, to get better at acquiring information through reading, because reading is very effective, very efficient. It enables us to access so much information, whether in a traditional book or an ebook where we can look [...]Read more How to Study Effectively
28 Apr 2021
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
21 Apr 2021
I was about 60 when I started learning Russian and my approach to language learning had always been that you shouldn't focus on grammar. You need to get used to the language through lots of listening and reading. I had done that with Chinese, with Japanese.Read more How I Learned Russian
14 Apr 2021
Wie lange braucht man, um Spanisch zu lernen? Wie lange dauert es generell, irgendeine Sprache zu lernen? Ich höre diese Frage ziemlich oft und es gibt keine universelle Antwort darauf. Es liegt ganz an dir. Das US-amerikanische Foreign Service Language Institut (FSI) hat einige Zahlen bezüglich der Stunden, die erforderlich sind, um verschiedene Sprachen […]Read more Spanisch lernen – wie lange braucht man?
7 Apr 2021
31 Mar 2021
El aprendizaje de un idioma depende fundamentalmente de tres factores: La actitud del estudiante, el tiempo disponible y la atención que ponga éste en el idioma. Si asumimos una actitud positiva, razonable y una atención creciente hacia el idioma por parte del estudiante. ¿Cuánto tiempo tomaría en aprender un idioma? El FSI, el estadounidense […]Read more ¿Cuánto tiempo se tarda en aprender un idioma?