BlogArchive by Category "Techniques"
13 Aug 2019
How do you start a language from scratch? What is your process to learn a language? Obviously, right now I’m focusing on four Slavic languages. I have studied all those four languages to varying degrees before, so I’m not starting from scratch. In fact, the last language I started from scratch I guess was Ukrainian, […]Read more My Method for Learning Languages from Scratch
8 Aug 2019
I want to talk about language learning, the basics that is. The basics in a language are important. It is important to speak correctly, it is important to focus on key patterns, key phrases, key ways of saying things, phrases and patterns and structures that come up all the time, it’s just not possible to […]Read more Language-Learning Basics, Again and Again
6 Aug 2019
I want to talk today, in the subject of language learning, about something that’s kind of been running around in my mind. I come up with all these things that are the key to language learning and I may have used this before, I don’t know, but it suddenly dawned on me that the most […]Read more The Most Effective Language Learning Method
11 Jul 2019
Today I want to talk about what I’ve call the three keys of language learning. Let’s call them the tripod, the tripod of language learning. It’s ‘A’ – Attitude, ‘T’ – Time and ‘N’ – the ability to Notice. You could also call it attentiveness, but it’s the ability to notice, which is something we […]Read more The Language Learning Tripod: Attitude
5 Jul 2019
Yesterday, July 4th, was the American national holiday. July 1st was the Canadian national holiday. Since I’m retired, I’m not much affected by holidays. Amongst the various activities that I enjoy, as you probably know, is language learning. When it’s sunny I have less time available for language learning, I’m doing other things, like golfing. […]Read more Should We Read, Listen, or What?
27 Jun 2019
This video was first published on 29 Jul 2012 First of all, I should say that I have my son and his family visiting from London, so I have two additional little grandchildren. I have one son, Mark, who lives here and he has three kids and my son, Eric, who lives in […]Read more Do We Need the Language Classroom?
11 Jun 2019
The Mind of the Language Learner was uploaded onto Steve’s YouTube channel on December 27, 2018 Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here still in London enjoying a relaxed Christmas/New Year period with my son and his family, visiting with some of their friends and just enjoying being in London. Today I want to talk about what […]Read more The Mind of the Language Learner
30 May 2019
Common English Mistakes: -ed and -ing Words was uploaded onto Steve’s YouTube channel on May 6, 2019 Hi there, Steve here. I’m no longer, for the time being, doing these coaching sessions. The 90-Day Challenge is over. But, today I want to talk about English and I’m going to do a number of videos about […]Read more Common English Mistakes: -ed and -ing Words
28 May 2019
3 Stages of Language Acquisition was uploaded onto Steve’s YouTube channel on May 13, 2019 Hi there, Steve Kaufmann. Today I want to talk about something that I think is very important, a question that I get all the time, and that is how long does it take to learn a language. I want to […]Read more 3 Stages of Language Acquisition: How Long Does It Take?
23 May 2019
How to Start Learning a New Language was uploaded onto Steve’s YouTube channel on December 23, 2012 Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. It’s the 23rd of December. My wife has been baking cookies and preparing for our Christmas dinner tomorrow night. All day long I’ve been wrapping presents, but I want to talk about something […]Read more How to Start Learning a New Language: The First Lesson