23 Apr 2018
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 Learning a Language is Like Falling in Love
17 Apr 2018
Many people, at some time or another, say they want to learn another language. Few manage to get beyond a beginner level. Most of these unsuccessful learners have language teachers explaining the language to them, drilling them and correcting them. Successful language learners don’t need anyone to explain the language to them, correct them, […]Read more Why We Need Language Teachers
10 Apr 2018
Independent learning is the most important issue in education today, and in many ways the most elusive or difficult issue to deal with. More than class size, teacher accreditation, or the latest innovations in teaching methodology, developing independent learning habits, in other words, self-learning, in students, and teachers, should be the main preoccupation of educators, […]Read more Effective Independent Lifelong Learning
3 Apr 2018
I think that children learn faster than adults. There is ample evidence of this, for example amongst immigrants to Canada. Rare is the immigrant family where the children don’t speak English, or French, much better than their parents. Can Adults Learn More Like Children? I also think, however, that adults can learn how […]Read more Language Acquisition: Do Children Learn Faster Than Adults?
27 Mar 2018
20 Mar 2018
Which is better for language learners, monolingual or bilingual dictionaries? This question often comes up.A monolingual dictionary explains the meaning of a word in the language that you are learning. A bilingual dictionary provides a translation...Read more Monolingual or Bilingual Dictionaries for Language Learners?
13 Mar 2018
The dominant position of English as an international language seems to create controversy in certain circles. Some French people for example, resent the increasing importance of English in the European community. Claude Hagège is a spokesman for this point of view. French used to be the language of diplomacy and the preferred language of international exchange. […]Read more English Will Remain The International Language
9 Mar 2018
Dicen que “eres lo que comes”. En la era de la información global, tal vez debería ser “eres lo que puedes decir”. El lenguaje, en sus diversas manifestaciones, es el logro que define a la humanidad, y también nos define a nosotros. El lenguaje puede ser social, político, técnico, práctico, entretenido, sensual, filosófico y mucho […]Read more Proceso de aprendizaje de idiomas
6 Mar 2018
We have literacy proliferation these days. I just Googled emotional literacy, physical literacy, health literacy, social literacy, and different kinds of literacy. I was amazed at what I found. So what is literacy? To me literacy means the ability to read. The invention of writing is one of mankind’s most useful creations. With writing, we can record things. […]Read more What Is Literacy?
27 Feb 2018
Last week I wrote about the first four secrets to language learning success: spend the time, do what you like to do, learn to notice and words over grammar. Today’s post reveals the last three secrets.Read more The Seven Secrets to Language Learning Success: Part 2