BlogPosts Tagged "Culture"
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
12 Nov 2016
To learn any language takes an awful lot of motivation. So if the child of an immigrant is very motivated to learn the language of origin, or heritage language as it is often described, because he or she wants to talk to family members, that’s great. However, if they’re not motivated to do so […]Read more Should Kids Learn their Heritage Language?
What constitutes the essence of achieving a breakthrough in language learning? I think that the key lies in the word “linking”. First of all learners must form emotional links with the language they are learning. They must be interested in the language, in the people and in some aspects of the culture.Read more Want to Achieve a Language Learning Breakthrough?
This is a transcript of one of my YouTube Videos – To keep up with my latest thoughts on language learning, subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann. Today my subject is; The Golden Age of Language Learning. It is something that has dawned on me that we live in The Golden Age of […]Read more The Golden Age Of Language Learning
This is a transcript of one of my YouTube Videos – To keep up with my latest thoughts on language learning, subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann. You often hear that there are different types of language learners. There are auditory learners, visual learners and kinetic learners; people who like to learn by […]Read more Are There Different Types of Language Learners?
This is a transcript of one of my YouTube Videos – To keep up with my latest thoughts on language learning, subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Hi There Steve Kaufmann here again to talk about language learning. And I want to talk about something that I often think of and that I have been meaning to […]Read more What Do You Believe? The Placebo Effect Of Language Learning
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, nor […]Read more Why we need language teachers
I am going to talk to you about six hacks for mastering Chinese. Basically based on my experience when 40 odd years ago within a nine month period I went from scratch to where I could read novels and translate diplomatic documents in Chinese. Both English into Chinese and Chinese into English. Chinese Hack #1 […]Read more How to Hack Chinese: Six Tips For Learning Faster
In language learning, it is the experience of the learner that is the teacher. (From a presentation to a group of language teachers via Skype) I am delighted to be here to speak to a group of dedicated language teachers. I will use my own experience to explain why language learning success is dependent on […]Read more Experience Is The Best Teacher