BlogArchive by Category "Learning Languages" (Page 12)
Kids in Britain should learn languages from the age of 5, according to the Minister of Education. Given the attitude towards languages in Britain, and how languages are usually taught, this propsal, if implemented, would lead to more job opportuni...Read more Good intentions for language learning in the UK.
A language needs to be learned as a whole and should not be analyzed or compartmentalized. I will expore this in a video which I will publish here later. First a definition of holism, from Wikipedia Holism (from ὂλος holos, a Greek word meaning al...Read more Holistic language learning.
Motivation is at the heart of language learning and literacy. The interest we have in the subject we are reading is a major motivator for reading, enabling us to struggle with difficult texts and as a result, learn. Here we are told to read the Ne...Read more Why do teachers like to tell you what to read?
Language learning effectiveness depends to a large degree on timing. There are times when we are prepared to learn certain things, and other times when we are not. If confronted with information at a time when we are not ready, or not interested, ...Read more Timing and language learning effectiveness.
Language learning, to me, has always been a matter of relentlessly pursuing words, acquiring them and losing them, and gradually accumulating them as I read and listen to content of interest. Along the way I learn the language. I am an agressive L...Read more The truth about how I learn languages.
There was a thread at our Forum at LingQ on the usefulness of the International Phonetic Alphabet. I am not a user of the IPA for a variety of reasons. I prefer to listen. Today there is so much audio language content available on the internet, an...Read more IPA and language learning