How to Learn Any Language Effortlessly

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 [...]
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How to Learn Vocabulary Fast

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 language, […]
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Active And Passive Vocabulary In Language Learning

Active And Passive Vocabulary In Language Learning

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 [...]
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