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6 Mar 2017
Assimil is a language learning series that enjoys an almost cult-like following among certain language learners. I have used Assimil for two languages, Russian and Korean, and own a copy of Assimil for Romanian, which I have not used. What do I think of Assimil? A Brief Description of Assimil Assimil was first […]Read more A Polyglot’s Review of the Assimil Series
I am going to talk to you about six hacks for mastering Chinese. Basically based on my experience when 40 odd years ago within a nine month period I went from scratch to where I could read novels and translate diplomatic documents in Chinese. Both English into Chinese and Chinese into English. Chinese Hack #1 […]Read more How to Hack Chinese: Six Tips For Learning Faster
Bilingual people are smarter, and it doesn’t matter when you learn a new language according to this recent study. To quote the article, “Findings showed that those who spoke more than one language tested better on intelligence tests, regardless of when the second language was picked up.” Now that should be motivation to get cracking […]Read more Being bilingual makes you smarter
One of the liveliest discussions within the language learning community is on the subject of when to start speaking. I am a proponent of letting the learner choose when to start, and my personal preference is to delay speaking. I prefer to invest a fair amount of time in listening and reading, in order to […]Read more When to Start Speaking a New Language?
Of course English speakers can learn languages, but mostly they don’t. Why? Here is a guest article I wrote on the subject recently for an interesting new blog on language learning called Lingholic. This blog belongs to Sam, a fellow Canadian polyglot who lives in Ottawa. He manages to combine his passion for learning languages, his […]Read more Can English speakers learn languages?
Traditionally, language learners have been divided into three groups: those who learn informally on their own, those who attend school, and those who do both. In a classroom environment, the teacher can assign tasks to the learner and provide some overview and even coercion to ensure that the learner carries out these tasks, regardless of […]Read more Motivating language learners through statistics
It is looking as follows: Dec 30 evening in Olomouc Jan 1 lunch in Brno Jan 1 evening in Znojmo Jan 2 evening in Bratislava Jan 4 evening in Prague. Let me know if you are in the area and would be interested in meeting up. Want to learn language from content you love?Read more Further re meet ups in Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Here is a fascinating article about how the brain learns languages written by François Grosjean, Emeritus Professor of psycholinguistics, Neuchâtel University, Switzerland. The article discusses: ” whether verbs and nouns in Chinese are represented in the same way in the brain as are their counterparts in English: verbs in the frontal region of the brain and […]Read more How the brain learns languages – the case of bilinguals