Motivational Language Quotes: The Tao of Language Learning

Motivational Language Quotes: The Tao of Language Learning

Language learning is an endurance sport, and we all need a little encouragement along the way. If you’re in a rut, struggling to move to the next level or just need a gentle push to start your study session for the day, let my Tao of Language Learning set you on your way. “A good traveler has no fixed plan, and is not intent on arriving.” - Laozi If you are learning a language, listen to [...]
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Italki Review: Get the Most Out of the Language Learning Resource

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. […]
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Thank You, Ukraine!

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, […]
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Getting Back Into Korean Learning New Comprehensible Input: Netflix Dramas!

Getting Back Into Korean with New Comprehensible Input: A Netflix Drama!

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 […]
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Use TPRS to Accelerate Your Language Learning

Use TPRS to Accelerate Your Language Learning

Storytelling is a powerful engine of  language acquisition. Apparently Blaine Ray, the originator of TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling), was also the first person to create these circling stories that are at the core of the three-part mini-stories that we are now developing both for LingQ and the language learning community in general. […]
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memory and language learning

Language and Memory

I am starting to believe that memory is not that important when it comes to language learning. I have recently started learning Greek. Most of the words are completely unfamiliar to me, and not related to languages that I already know. As I start to get a toehold in this world of new and strange […]
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Сколько времени занимает изучение языка?

Сколько времени занимает изучение языка?

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 [...]
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