BlogArchive by Category "Learning Languages" (Page 10)
During the month of June I will be putting out one video a week in a series I am calling Steve’s Summer Sessions. Each week I will upload a video in which I will answer your language learning questions. If you have questions about language learning in general or a specific language that you are […]Read more Steve’s Summer Sessions – Your Language Learning Questions Answered
Do grammar instruction, corrections and role playing help us learn languages? I guess it does but only to a very limited degree. Here is an interesting excerpt from a discussion on a recent Internet forum. “To me, the research appears to indicate that explicit form focused instruction (EFFI) and corrective feedback (CF) as they are […]Read more Traditional Language Instruction: Why it Doesn’t Work
Our motivation is what determines success or failure in language learning. So what motivates us to learn different languages? For myself over the last few years, I can see a variety of different motivations. I am learning Romanian, a language that had not interested me before, simply for the reason that I will be visiting […]Read more Motivation to learn languages
I like the grazing approach, nibble on a bit of grammar rules, then read and listen, and then go back to a bit of grammar. Work with examples, in the grammar book and then from real meaningful context, and above all avoid drills and exercises. Here is a video on the subject.Read more Grammar rules, how best to learn them
I am often asked to comment on, or to mention, or to promote, different language related websites. I usually prefer not to do so. However, this dictionary, with a new approach to using context, or what the linguists call "corpora", is really quite...Read more A wonderful contextual dictionary Linguee.fr
The number of words we know is the best indicator of language and literacy skills, in my view. This belief is at the core of the LingQ system. It turns out I am not the only person who thinks so. Check out The Word Brain. The number of words we kn...Read more Word power divides rich and poor.
Join us to talk about language learning and LingQ. Thursday November 22 Pacific Standard Time, which is 24.00 UTC (GMT). Let me know if you are interested and what language.Read more LingQ Hangout # 2 planned for Thursday this week.
This Swedish study confirms again that language learning is good for the brain, sort of. But then language learning is its own reward, and these possible extra health benefits are just the icing on the cake.Read more Language learning makes the brain grow.
The evidence is now in: the explicit teaching of grammar rules leads to better learning. At least that is what this article from The Guardian in England claims. Unfortunately the article does not offer any proof that the evidence is in, but rather...Read more Time to stop avoiding grammar rules!
Kindle and Audible.com have lanched a new product that combines listening and reading and they call it immersion reading. Yes listening enhances reading, especially for struggling readers, or for language learners. That has been at the core of the...Read more Listening, reading and literacy. Kindle and Audible.com launch new product.