24 Feb 2017
Изучение языка зависит большей частью от трех факторов: от подхода к языку обучаемого, доступного для обучения времени и внимательности обучаемого к языку. Если мы предположим позитивный подход, рациональное и растущее внимание к языку со стороны обучаемого, как много времени нужно затратить, чтобы изучить язык? ФСИ, институт дипломатической службы в США, подразделяет языки по сложности для [...]Read more Сколько времени занимает изучение языка?
22 Feb 2017
“I just don’t have time.” This is one of the most common reasons people give for not being able to learn languages. I am now retired, but I am still quite busy. I play sports, make time for my family and I have a number of tasks that I perform as part of LingQ. They […]Read more Finding the Time to Learn a Language
17 Feb 2017
I studied Chinese in 1968. At the time I was working for the Canadian Government, the Ministry of Trade and Commerce’s Trade Commissioner Service to be exact. Canada was preparing to recognize the People’s Republic of China and decided that they needed to train some officials in Mandarin. I was sent to Hong Kong […]Read more Tips to Help You Learn Mandarin
9 Feb 2017
Listening comprehension is the base skill, in my view. We have to understand in order to be able to have conversations with people. If we have good comprehension skills, speaking skills are easier to develop. Here is an exchange on this subject from our Forum at LingQ. Hi Steve: I have a few weeks […]Read more How to Improve Your Listening Comprehension Skills
5 Feb 2017
When we speak in a foreign language, there is a very high probability that we will make mistakes. We make more mistakes when we first start using the language, and gradually the frequency of these mistakes diminishes. Everyone who learns a foreign language would like to speak as accurately as possible, with the least possible […]Read more Who Should Correct Our Language Errors?
30 Jan 2017
Language learning is essentially a subconscious process. I saw these words in a LinkedIn post from a group I belong to that includes language teachers. The topic of discussion was how grammar instruction and error correction don’t have as much impact on language learning success as is traditionally imagined. This is a concept that […]Read more Learning Languages is a Subconscious Process
24 Jan 2017
Ob man eine Sprache lernt, hängt vor allem von drei Faktoren ab: Der Einstellung des Lernenden, der verfügbaren Zeit und des Bewusstseins des Lernenden für die Sprache. Wenn wir von einer positiven Einstellung des Lernenden ausgehen und eines angemessenen und wachsenden Bewusstseins für die Sprache, wie lange dauert es dann, eine Sprache zu lernen? Das […]Read more Wie lange dauert es, eine Sprache zu lernen?
22 Jan 2017
I had lunch earlier this week with a college professor who is head of the Asian language department in a large university here in Vancouver. He told me that a majority of students who enrol in Asian languages quit after the first year. I was surprised to hear that. Then I did some research […]Read more Language Goals and Frustrations
15 Jan 2017
People often say to me, “Steve, you’ve obviously got a talent for languages, that's why you’ve learned so many. Good for you, but I could never do it.”To which I say, to myself at least, why don’t you try doing it the way I do it? Maybe, rather than a question of talent, it’s a matter of the method that I use. What is my method? It’s really quite simple. It’s the relentless pursuit of [...]Read more Learning a Language Means Acquiring Words
9 Jan 2017
What are the similarities and differences between Japanese, Chinese and Korean, and how should we go about learning them? To what extent can learning one help you with the others? Let me share my experience in learning these three Asian languages. Mandarin Chinese: Intense and Structured I spent almost a year studying Mandarin full time […]Read more Differences Between Chinese, Japanese and Korean