BlogPosts Tagged "LingQ"
17 Mar 2020
You are unlikely to learn to speak a new language perfectly, but perfection should not be your goal. Your main goal should be effective communication. I am not perfect in any of the languages that I speak, but I can communicate. And whenever I communicate in another language I'm satisfied. I also know from experience that my ability to speak and to pronounce well will only improve with time, [...]Read more How To Improve Your Speaking Skills
10 Dec 2019
Language learning depends mostly on three factors, the attitude of the learner, the time available, and learner's attentiveness to the language. If we assume a positive attitude on the part of the learner, and a reasonable and growing attentivenes...Read more How Long Should it Take to Learn a Language?
16 Jul 2019
I often hear this question from adult learners. Sometimes my followers on Youtube, Facebook, or Twitter bring this up. In fact, not so long ago I had the following request from one of my followers. “I want to do some research on the problems of older language learners and see what I can do to help them.” I replied by asking. “What do you consider to be an older language learner?” His answer [...]Read more Can Older Adult Learners Acquire New Languages?
10 Apr 2019
Language Learning Progress has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. The original video was published on August 13, 2013 Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today I want to talk about how we can make progress. How do we progress in language learning? To me, the answer is very simple. Keep moving. Move forward, that’s what […]Read more Language Learning Process
11 Oct 2018
I studied Czech a few years ago so my statistics at LingQ for that language are not current. However, the statistics from my recent Polish challenge illustrate the fact that we can learn or add to our “known words” total well over 100 words a day. In fact in the case of Polish (since I know other Slavic languages) it is over 300 words a day. You can learn 100 words a day, if you are willing [...]Read more Learning Czech and Accumulating 100 Words a Day
14 Aug 2018
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 leading […]Read more Learning Languages is a Subconscious Process
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
13 Feb 2018
The goal of fluency in a foreign language can often seem vague and elusive. It is not always clear what fluency means. Those who have not experienced the feeling of achieving fluency in another language doubt they can get there, and doubt they would know if they did. Learners often feel they are not making […]Read more Meaningful Language Learning Goals
30 Jan 2018
When I wrote my book The Linguist: A Personal Guide to Language Learning, I began with what I called ‘The Parable of the Crooked Tree’. The author of the parable was Zhuangzi, an early exponent of Taoism, a school of Chinese philosophy from over 2,000 years ago. I referred to Taoism on a number of occasions in my book. Zhuangzi’s basic principle in life was to follow what was natural, what [...]Read more How to Learn Any Language Effortlessly
28 Nov 2017
It is tempting to believe that we can just acquire a small number of very useful words and sort of get a jump start in a foreign language. I have never found that to be the case. Of course we need to learn key words like “I”, “you”, “he” and “she” and the like, or […]Read more How Many Words Do We Need to Speak a Foreign Language?