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
29 May 2017
Heureux qui, comme Ulysse, a fait un beau voyage, Ou comme cestuy-là qui conquit la toison, Et puis est retourné, plein d’usage et raison, Vivre entre ses parents le reste de son âge! Quand reverrai-je, hélas, de mon petit village Fumer la cheminée, et en quelle saison Reverrai-je le clos de ma pauvre maison, […]Read more Starting My Slavic Languages Month
22 May 2017
Duolingo is one of the most popular language learning tools on the Internet. It is certainly the best known. It has been well promoted, and it is free, which is a big advantage. I have a limited amount of time available for language learning, so for me the fact that it is free is less […]Read more Duolingo Review: Does the Resource Offer Compelling Content?
12 May 2017
Meaningful content, compelling content, comprehensible input, these are terms that we often hear from people talking about language learning. Stephen Krashen points out that we learn languages when we receive messages that are important to us, that have meaning. These messages should be of interest and yet not too difficult. As we read and listen […]Read more Getting Back Into Korean with New Comprehensible Input: A Netflix Drama!
8 May 2017
Good language learners notice what is happening in a language. They notice the sounds of the language, and the structure and the vocabulary. They notice as they listen and read. They notice when they use the language. How can we train ourselves in the ability to notice, in order to become good language learners?Read more The Best Way to Learn a New Language