At the beginning of the year, one of the most common resolutions people make is to learn a language. But, how to achieve a good level in the language in just one year?
Even though it seems a short period of time, a year is enough to learn a language and to communicate in the country where the language is spoken.
So if you want to learn French this year, here are my tips so that, at the end of the year, you spend the holidays in Paris speaking French.
Start with the basics
To know a new language can be scary, so the best way to get started is through an amusing and easy course. Duolingo is the most successful app in the area of language learning and there is a reason for that. It’s free, easy to use, fun and has constant updates to keep you engaged. Continue reading
What did people read here in 2016? Check it here!
10. Review of Pimsleur German – I, II & III
I was very excited to do this review, Pimsleur is a very interesting course, people love it or hate it, no middle term here.
9. Why learning a foreign language can change your life
This is a guest post from Lucia Leite, about the most interesting aspects of learning a language.
8. Duolingo Review
An old review about the most famous language app!
After a long time without publishing a post, here is one with the best articles on November and December about languages!
Having Language Difficulties? It’s Time to Believe in Yourself – TheLinguist
What is the real difficulty people have with language learning? Learning a language is not an easy task, but it is far from impossible, but most of us fail to learn one. Steve’s thesis is that the reason behind is motivation, or rather, the lack of motivation that comes from the belief that learning a language is something very difficult.
The Best Way to Learn Another Language? From Interesting Content – TheLinguist
I believe that it is easier to learn a language with a material that is adapted to our own needs and goals. Steve Kaufmann believes in that too and here he gives 10 reasons why we should learn a language from contents that are interesting for us.
How to expand your vocabulary – Lingholic
A simple post, with a few tips on how to learn vocabulary effectively.
Discovery: to learn a foreign language thanks to hypnosis or online courses – FranceTVInfo.fr
[Article in French] – An interesting news report with two journalists. One tries to learn Japanese with hypnosis, the other tries to learn Russian with an online app. See the result after 20 hours of “study”. Continue reading
Here are the most interesting articles about languages that I read this last month.
Fluency vs. Mastery: Can you be fluent without being good? – ScottHYoung.com
I really liked this article, because it distinguishes between two concepts, that we, language learners, often consider identical. Through this differentiation, we can understand why some people sound fluent in a short time, despite their small knowledge of the language. Continue reading
Today, we speak with one of the creators of the app Amikumu, Richard Delamore, aka Evildea, who has been interviewed about Esperanto here.
What is Amikumu?
Amikumu is an app (for iOS and Android) that helps you find people nearby who speak the languages you are learning. For example, if you are learning French, use Amikumu to instantly find, contact and meet up with native French speakers nearby. Some potential ways people can use the app is: Continue reading
English-speakers have the great luxury of knowing the most in-demand language in the world. When Europeans are sitting down for business or for recreation, the common language spoken is often English. The same is true in Africa and in Asia. So, if you are a native speaker of a language that many people around the world wish to learn, you might ask yourself – why would I learn a different language? There are dozens of reasons, but let’s focus on four of them.
Work and travel opportunities
Speaking another language opens doors to visit other countries and parts of the world that wouldn’t be open to Continue reading
A little bit late, but here are the articles I enjoyed reading on August!
What ISIS, the CIA, and the Mormons have in common? Languages! – Loving Language
The title of the article asks a question and answer immediately. Read in this article how completely different institutions use languages as a method of recruitment.
Learning a foreign language is like dating: it spurs anxiety – PsychologyToday
Are you tired of learning a language? Tired of the same advice about language learning?
Don’t worry, I have the solution!
- Study only grammar
Why waste your time talking, listening, reading the language when you can just study grammar? Study only grammar and you will, probably, have more knowledge of the language grammatical structures than any native speaker will! And, who doesn’t want to know more than a native? Continue reading
For me, the month of July brought the best news in the world of language learning. To watch TV series or movies in original version can help in the listening understanding. I already explained how I learned English watching TV and how I use films and series to learn a new language and finally a small research shows evidence that it is possible to use television to help language learning!
Not a myth: to watch series or films in original version helps language learning – ThinkBig
[Article in Spanish] – The best news of July for me! According to the research from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, to watch a series in original version with English subtitles or without subtitles helped students from intermediate level to understand the language better. Continue reading