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Pimleur promises that you will talk like a native in 10 days. Pimsleur does not even specify the language, Spanish? Chinese? Hungarian? Who knows? Pimsleur is a venerable name in language learning. Why this "snake-oil salesman" approach to promoti...Read more Pimsleur or talk like a native in 10 days.
What can we do when our language learning motivation sags? Just focus on doing the things that you like to do. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwOLj8-kkmw&w=560&h=315]Read more When our motivation for language learning sags
We are adding one language a month at LingQ. The winner last month was Turkish. I am definitely going to get to that language. Now we just need some Turkish content. I hope our members come through. You can vote for the next language. Just have a ...Read more Turkish is added at LingQ!
I am back from my various travels and tomorrow I have a date. I am one of five judges who will choose the winner of the 2011 Miss Chinese Vancouver pageant. We will be interviewing the contestants in Chinese and English tomorrow afternoon, and thi...Read more Why learn Chinese?
I often hear the argument that LingQ is difficult for beginners, or even not suitable for beginners. I am sure that many learners feel this way. I can only say that I do not find this to be the case. It may be because I am a more motivated or more...Read more Does input based language learning work for beginners?
On Fiction is a fascinating website that describes iteself as follows; "OnFiction is a magazine with the aim of developing the psychology of fiction. Using theoretical and empirical perspectives, we endeavour to understand how fiction is created, ...Read more The psychological benefits of reading fiction.
I heartily recommend that language learners get a hold of good quality audio books, narrated by people whose style and voice they like, as I pointed out in an earlier post. Listen to them over and over if necessary. Even if you do not understand i...Read more More on the power of audio books and language learning.
Here is a succinct summary of the value of input from a letter that Stephen Krashen submitted to Newsweek. I agree with him. Of course it is great to speak, when you have enough words, when you have the opportunity. However, listening and reading ...Read more Krashen on input, brief and to the point.