BlogArchive by Category "Learning Techniques" (Page 9)
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.
Just to be a bit of contrarian, I believe that passive vocabulary is more important than active vocabulary. Passive vocabulary is the focus of most of my active language learning. If I have a large vocabulary, the rest will come. For me, it is mor...Read more Passive vocabulary is more important than active vocabulary.
This is a perennial question at LingQ and elsewhere. Here is my take on it. The first rule of language learning is to do what you like to do. This way you are more likely to continue, and put in enough time. Having said that, I strongly recommend ...Read more When to move on to the next lesson.
What do we mean by knowing a word. Here is a video on the subject.Read more Active vocabulary and passive vocabulary.
To me the major task in language learning is the acquisition of vocabulary. If this is done through massive listening and reading, it will naturally bring with it a constantly improving familiarity with the language, making it easier and easier to...Read more Learning words, word frequency, graded readers and more.
We need both, in my view. But listening is very powerful and speaking, at least in the early stages, is largely overrated. Here is a podcast on the subjectRead more Do we learn a language by speaking or listening?
Vince of streetsmart language learning and your humble servant had a "debate" about the merits of grammar learning, when to do it and how much of it we need, and even how to do it. I am sure we both feel that we did not get all our licks in.Skype ...Read more How much grammar and when – a debate
Jerry Dai is a young immigrant to Canada from China. He came to Canada in his twenties. Click on his name to hear his short video. His English is like a native or pretty close.His technique for mastering English pronunciation was to listen to the ...Read more How to best get close to a native accent?