There are two stages in language learning: the initial intense study of a limited number of words, and the later more extensive approach to learning in order to acquire the up to 10,000 words needed to function at a professional level. These two stages make up the upside down hockey stick.Read more The Two Stages of Language Learning: The Upside Down Hockey Stick
Speaking like a native is the ultimate goal of language learning. It is a goal that is almost never achieved. However, that is no reason not to aspire to this lofty goal, even in the knowledge that we will not get there.Read more Do You Dream of Speaking Like a Native?
Need more motivation to make learning a language your New Year’s resolution? Here are 5 benefits of speaking multiple langauges. Imagine the scene: you walk into a bar in rural Japan. The bar owner looks nervous. He’s no doubt wondering how he will go about expressing the menu in body language. Then, to his surprise and […]Read more 5 Benefits of Speaking Multiple Languages
I wanted give some important tips for learning Russian. First I'll explain about the writing system, then some interesting things to remember about Russian verbs of motion, aspects of verbs and cases.Read more Learning Russian – the most important tips you need
Want to be understood in English? New research shows you should focus on fluency over pronunciation. Speaking fluently means your listener is more able to keep track of what you’re saying, then they have more time to figure out the sounds you are trying to produce.Read more Do you want to Improve your English fluency?
The question, don’t you forget your languages or how do you maintain your languages? That’s a very common question. How do you not forget languages? The simple answer here is I don’t forget languages. I have not forgotten a language and I think there are several reasons for this.Read more How Not To Forget Foreign Languages
I would like to talk about older language learners. When using Facebook, Twitter and now Google Plus I see posts from people I am following or that are following me. Recently I saw a post there from someone saying, I want to do some research on the problems of older language learners and see what I can do to help them.Read more Older Language Learners
Can you get “brain freeze” when speaking a new language? How would you go about learning Farsi? How do you use Assimil?
Can you get “brain freeze” when speaking a new language? In other words, sometimes we know the word, we know what we want to say, but we just can’t remember the word. We can’t say it and the more we try to remember it, of course, the more we ensure that we won’t be able to remember it.Read more Can you get “brain freeze” when speaking a new language? How would you go about learning Farsi? How do you use Assimil?
It is tempting to believe that we can just acquire a small number of very useful words, and sort of get a jump start in a language. I have never found that to be the case. Even learning “where”, “when” “why” etc. does not help a lot, in my experience, because it simply takes a […]Read more How Many Words Do We Need to Speak a Language?
I have been asked to redo the recording for this podcast that I did over two years ago. Here it is again. This evening I have to give a short talk in Japanese to about 30 members of the Japan-Canada Chamber of Commerce. I am a Director of this Cha...Read more Language Learning is Like Falling in Love