BlogArchive by Category "Techniques"
17 Nov 2020
So how do we get to good pronunciation in the language? Well, I think there are three elements. One is the attitude towards the pronunciation and I'll explain that. The second thing is the most important things that we can do that will give us good pronunciation and the third thing is remedial things. If we have what we consider to be poor pronunciation, what can we do?Read more How Can We Achieve Good Pronunciation in a Language?
27 Oct 2020
A lot of this content, as in the case of our mini stories, has a lot of high-frequency verbs. You're certainly going to come across the high-frequency words and verbs often and, therefore, it's easier to get to know them. As you listen to this stuff whereas when you started everything was just noise and you think you'll never learn this language, particularly if it's written in a different [...]Read more Three Stages of Listening to Get to Fluency
13 Oct 2020
I'm driving up here with my wife and we're listening to a podcast about the Byzantine Empire. So I'm enjoying the drive. I'm enjoying listening to the Byzantine Empire podcast. Why am I listening to a podcast about the Byzantine Empire? Because I've been learning Arabic, Persian and Turkish, so I'm kind of exploring that part of the world. I've read books now on the history of Persia or of [...]Read more Learning Languages in the Moment
30 Jun 2020
What is CI? What is meant by comprehensible input in language learning? Stephen Krashen uses this term, as well as the term compelling input, to refer to the kind of language exposure we need in order to learn a language. The term CI, in language learning, can apply to both. What do they mean? Comprehensible […]Read more Comprehensible Input and Compelling Input (CI)
31 Dec 2019
Today, I’m going to talk about speaking like a native, sounding like a native, because it’s a discussion that showed up sort of in response to my latest video, which I did in Japanese. Sometimes I study on LingQ using the computer. Mostly, however, I use my iPad because it’s more comfortable […]Read more Can We Sound Like a Native?
3 Dec 2019
Some people will say, geez Steve, you used to say you should focus entirely on one language. I did used to say that, but a number of things have changed. I have come to realize that the more you focus on one thing, you try to nail one thing, you stay with one […]Read more Learning Three Languages a Day
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