BlogArchive by Category "Motivation"
20 Oct 2020
I'm not saying that I'm an expert on anything. I can only share with you my experience of language learning. I want to talk today about how we can make sure that we stay the course. The secret to success in language learning is to stay with it, not to be discouraged, so I kind of looked at some of the things that I'm doing. What is it that maintains my enthusiasm that keeps me going?Read more How to Avoid Giving Up in Language Learning
8 Oct 2020
So, I'm very happy to have with me today Gabby of Go Natural English because very often we talk about learning languages other than English, although English, of course, is the language that is the most widely studied in the world. In fact, many of my viewers, I know many of you out there, like to listen to me speak English. You can even import from YouTube. Study it from LingQ if you want. [...]Read more Want to Learn English? Stay Positive like Gabby of Go Natural English
29 Sep 2020
Today, I want to talk about passive vocabulary. At LingQ, for example, we say a word is known if you can recognize that word in a context. So if I'm working on LingQ, I see a word. I know what it means in the context. I can say I know that word. I can also say I don't know that word. In other words, I decide if I know that word. But if I understand the word in that context, typically, I will [...]Read more Passive Vocabulary: Why it Matters in Language Learning
8 Sep 2020
The myth is that there exists a battle in language learning: introverts vs. extroverts, and that extroverts are the better language learners. I do not believe at all that you need to be an extrovert to learn a language. Language learning comes down to the three keys: number one, attitude. You have to be interested in the language. You have to like the language. You have to believe you’re [...]Read more Introverts Vs Extroverts in Language Learning
9 Jun 2020
Conversation implies a two-way exchange of language. Therefore, reaching a conversational level implies quite a high level of comprehension of the language so that we can understand what is being said to us. That means in order to converse properly we need to prepare ourselves.Read more How Long to Get to a Conversational Level in a Language?
31 Mar 2020
Can I become fluent in a foreign language? If your answer to this question is no, then you are best to stop trying. If you don't believe that you can reach the destination in your journey, why start? On the other hand, if you believe you can become fluent in a foreign language, you are well on your way to achieving fluency.Read more How Can You Become Fluent in a Foreign Language?
17 Mar 2020
You are unlikely to learn to speak a new language perfectly, but perfection should not be your goal. Your main goal should be effective communication. I am not perfect in any of the languages that I speak, but I can communicate. And whenever I communicate in another language I'm satisfied. I also know from experience that my ability to speak and to pronounce well will only improve with time, [...]Read more How To Improve Your Speaking Skills
25 Feb 2020
I have talked in the past about some of the major technical advances that have improved language learning, for example, mp3 technology. Fifty years ago I would listen to an open reel tape recorder in my room in Hong Kong when I was learning Mandarin Chinese and now my telephone has become a super […]Read more Constant Improvement in Language Learning
26 Nov 2019
As people who speak multiple languages, polyglots like to use those languages; we like to see how we do. But there is an element of performance. Are you better than me? Am I better than you? For some people that’s fine. I think a lot of us are very happy, in fact, when we hear somebody speak better than we do.Read more The Definition of a Polyglot
12 Sep 2019
I want to talk about learning three languages at the same time or several languages at the same time. How do we keep them, how do we not forget them and what do we do when we do forget them? I finished my three months of Turkish. I went from zero to the level that […]Read more Learning Several Languages at the Same Time – And Keeping Them