BlogPosts Tagged "Education"
7 Jan 2020
I studied Mandarin Chinese 50 years ago. It took me nine months to reach a level where I could translate newspaper editorials from English to Chinese and from Chinese to English, read novels and interpret for people, I did this in the age of the open-reel tape recorder, long before the age of the Internet, […]Read more How to Learn Chinese: My Top 6 Tips
14 May 2019
The Details of Language Learning has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. The original video was published on July 30. 2013 Hi there, Steve Kaufmann, today I want to talk a little bit about the details of languages. The reason this comes up is because of the discussion we had when I put up […]Read more The Details of Language Learning
18 Apr 2019
If you do enough reading and listening in Spanish, you’re attentive to the language and you occasionally review this kind of explanation, (but rely largely on repeated exposure in different contexts), you will eventually be able to get that natural sense for Spanish verbs and you can master them.Read more More Tips for Learning Spanish
4 Apr 2019
Can we even learn the basics first? I find that I cannot do it. I just forge ahead and learn words and get used to the language? I think we need to cover a lot of ground, some new, some old. We need to explore new things, pushing the boundaries, w...Read more Learn the Basics in the Language First? Really?
7 Mar 2019
Money Talks and Should Education Be Free? has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. Original video was published on July 3, 2013 Hi there, Steve Kaufmann, another glorious day in Vancouver. Again, I’m going to talk about language learning, of course, but I’m going to talk about language learning and money. It’s a subject […]Read more Should Education Be Free?
9 Oct 2018
Learning a New Language and Why Many Struggle has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today I would like to talk about why I think so many people have trouble learning languages. Now, many of you have heard […]Read more Learning a New Language and Why Many Struggle
2 Oct 2018
Language Fluency and Speaking in a Foreign Language Part 1 has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today, I’m going to talk about speaking. How do we get to speak? How do we get to speak […]Read more Language Fluency and Speaking in a Foreign Language
21 Aug 2018
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 enroll in Asian languages quit after the first year. I was surprised to hear that. Then I did some research and […]Read more Language Goals and Frustrations
29 May 2018
Grammar rules, their importance and how we should deal with them, are a constant debate in in language learning. Some people say grammar is a waste of time, that we can just ignore it. Other people say that you have to first learn the basics, as if that is possible to do. I am somewhere […]Read more The Importance of Grammar Rules
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, nor […]Read more Why We Need Language Teachers