9 Aug 2017
Sometimes I wonder if I am just spinning my wheels writing and doing videos about language learning. Maybe I am beginning to sound like a broken record. And then there are moments that make it all worthwhile. This was in response to a Tweet from Roman Waschuk, the Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine. I immediately remembered […]Read more Inspiring Words: Find Your Language Learning Motivation
1 Aug 2017
Many of us are watching the Olympics in Brazil. Despite all of the bad reports that we always get in the lead up to any Olympic Games – some British newspaper called the 2010 Vancouver Winter games the worst Olympics in the world ever, then there were all the problems with toilets in Sochi and now pollution in Rio – it looks like actually things are proceeding swimmingly, so to [...]Read more How To Learn Portuguese
25 Jul 2017
TOEIC, the Test of English for International Communication, is probably the most widely taken test of English language proficiency in the world. TOEIC is taken by around seven million people every year, according to this article in the Wall Street Journal. Just what is TOEIC? For a long time, TOEIC only tested listening and […]Read more All You Need to Truly Ace the TOEIC Test
18 Jul 2017
Language learning is an endurance sport, and we all need a little encouragement along the way.If you’re in a rut, struggling to move to the next level or just need a gentle push to start your study session for the day, let my Tao of Language Learning set you on your way. “A good traveler has no fixed plan, and is not intent on arriving.” - LaoziIf you are learning a language, listen [...]Read more Motivational Language Quotes: The Tao of Language Learning
11 Jul 2017
The last 15 years have brought revolutionary change to language learning. Amongst the most popular new opportunities is the possibility to connect with native speakers of the languages we are learning via the Internet, and specifically via Skype. We all take Skype for granted today, but the app was first launched in 2003, in Estonia. […]Read more Italki Review: Get the Most Out of the Language Learning Resource
4 Jul 2017
I am back in Vancouver after a month in Europe, mostly in Ukraine. I still have vivid images of that country, and particularly of Lviv where I spent the better part of three weeks. I see the city in my mind, the cafés, the public squares, the cobblestone streets, the friendly people filling the streets, […]Read more Thank You, Ukraine!
28 Jun 2017
El aprendizaje de un idioma depende fundamentalmente de tres factores: La actitud del estudiante, el tiempo disponible y la atención que ponga éste en el idioma. Si asumimos una actitud positiva, razonable y una atención creciente hacia el idioma por parte del estudiante. ¿Cuánto tiempo tomaría en aprender un idioma? El FSI, el estadounidense Foreign Service Istitute, […]Read more ¿Cuánto tiempo se tarda en aprender un idioma?
26 Jun 2017
People often ask the question “when” about language learning. “When should I start speaking?” “When should I start reading authentic content?” “When can I say I am fluent?” Or even “When should I really commit to learning another language?” When should we commit to learning a new language? One answer to the this question that […]Read more When Should We Start Speaking A Language?
13 Jun 2017
Language immersion is often used to describe a perfect form of language learning. The term implies a situation where if we dip ourselves into water, we will come out wet. In the case of language learning, we come out of immersion able to speak a new language, so to speak. In fact, language immersion is a […]Read more How to Get the Most out of Language Immersion
5 Jun 2017
I have been attending the polyglot gathering in Bratislava, Slovakia. The event is an amazing get together of language enthusiasts from all over Europe, and some from further away such as me. We are encouraged to carry large name tags on which we put the flags of the countries of the languages we speak. It’s […]Read more Even Polyglots Forget, It’s an Important Part of the Learning Process