BlogArchive by Category "Learning Languages" (Page 15)
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.
I will soon have been at Czech for two months. I have been saving LingQ like mad in Czech. I now have over 10,000 LingQs in my database. These are words that I have looked up and am trying to learn. I occasionally move some to known, so that my le...Read more Czech vocabulary, time to regroup.
Who benefits from the regular revamping of educational standards? Does educational achievement go up or go down? I suspect these activities have little effect on educational outcomes. Stanford University researchers are going to help English Langu...Read more Common Core State Standards for English. Who benefits?
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