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At LingQ, each of our lessons consists of audio and text, which are available for download. These are mostly provided by our members. We are having a discussion at our Forum on what constitutes the ideal length of content for learners at different...Read more The ideal length of a language lesson.
Google alerts directed me to this blog post on whether independent language learners can be influenced by teachers. In my view, if teachers cannot influence the motivation of learners, then there is something very wrong.Read more The myth of the independent language learner.
I am not sure when I started on Czech, but I know that I had my Cantonese radio interview on July 23, so it was not before July 24, Sunday. I am assumng I have spent 2 weeks on Czech. My activity has consisted mostly of downloading lessons from ou...Read more Learning Czech, an update
I have just started Czech, about a week ago. When I listen without reading, I mostly don't understand. When I listen to a text where I have looked up all the words, I understand. I don't mind. I know I wil get there. I just started. What is really...Read more To learn a language, you need to struggle a little.
According to research at MIT, our ability to discern and differentiate what we hear affects our ability to read. Dyslexic people have greater difficulty identifying the voices of speakers of their own language than non-dyslexic people. Non dyselxi...Read more Reading problems are related to listening problems.
One of the 4 new languages recently added to LingQ is Czech. (Arabic, Dutch and Polish) are the others. I have decided to focus on Czech. It is fun to start a language from scratch again, although it is not entirely from scratch, since many words ...Read more Shotgun approach to learning Czech
I recently had to do an interview in Cantonese with a local radio station. Forty-five minutes! I had never spoken for 45 mintues in Cantonese with anyone, let alone in a radio interview. I had only a few days to prepare, since prior to the intervi...Read more The power of interesting content.
Here is an article that I recently wrote for lifehack.org on this subject. This kind of relates to the issue of accepting what we achieve in language learning, at every stage, even while striving to improve.Read more Learning to accept our achievements.
We all have the feeling, at times, that we are not progressing, despite our efforts. I often feel this way, but I don't mind since I enjoy interacting with the language while learning, while reading, or listening or whatever I am able to do in the...Read more Not making any progress in your language learning?
The reason why I need a lot of input, listening and reading, in order to get used to words and phrases, has to do with the word "credibility" in a way. The thought just crossed my mind as I was reading in Russian on my deck this afternoon. In othe...Read more Credibility and language learning