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How To Read Effectively In A Foreign Language

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If you’re learning a foreign language, and you don’t read regularly…


You should be.

But do you know how to read effectively in another language, without getting overwhelmed by unknown vocabulary and complex grammar that doesn’t make sense?

In this article you’ll learn how to use reading to quickly learn new words and boost your fluency in your target language, even if you’re just getting started, and even if you’ve tried and failed before.

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HelloTalk App Review – Connect With Native Speakers Around The World

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Have you been learning a new language for a while, and feel like it’s time to start practising and using it? If so, how do you do it? How do you find native speakers to connect with and talk to, even if you live in an isolated area? And when you do find people, how can […]

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How to Write in Chinese – A Beginner’s Guide

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You probably think learning how to write in Chinese is impossible. And I get it. I’m a native English speaker, and I know how complex Chinese characters seem. But you’re about to learn that it’s not impossible. I’ve teamed up with Kyle Balmer from Sensible Chinese to show you how you can learn the basic […]

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How to Use Vocabulary Lists to Instantly Improve Your Communication Skills

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If you’re my age or older, your foreign language homework at school probably looked like this: “Here’s a list of 10 French verbs. Learn them all for a test next Tuesday.” Many years later, you stumble across blogs like mine, and you’re told something different: “Learning lists of words is wrong…use xyz fancy method instead!” […]

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16 language learning problems I struggle with every day

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As a language blogger and podcaster, people often assume I have all the answers. But nothing could be further from the truth! I struggle with a whole host of language learning problems on a daily basis that I wish I could get better at. Here are some of them.

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12 Steps to Finding Your Perfect Language Teacher Online

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Do you wish you had more opportunities to speak in the language you’re leaning? What would it mean for your fluency if you could simply speak more often? Well, whatever language you’re learning and wherever you live, it might surprise you to know that there is a small army of native speakers out there literally […]

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8 study hacks you can use when you’re too busy to learn a language

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Are you too busy to learn a language? Do you always find it hard to make time to study? Me too. In this video I’m going to lift the lid on a typical day, and let you look over my shoulder as I study languages in all kinds of different places over the course of […]

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Why you were wrong about rote learning

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If I could wave a magic wand and solve one language learning problem for people, do you know what it would be? Memory. Learning and memorising vocabulary in a foreign language makes some people tear their hair out. It drives others to tears. And, naturally, there’s no one solution that works for everyone. So today I’m pleased […]

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How to Write in Japanese – A Beginner’s Guide

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Do you want to learn how to write in Japanese, but feel confused or intimidated by the script? This post will break it all down for you, in a step-by-step guide to reading and writing this beautiful language. I remember when I first started learning Japanese and how daunting the writing system seemed. I even […]

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Podcast Launch: The I Will Teach You A Language Podcast

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This week, I’m thrilled to announce the launch of my brand new podcast, all about the art of language learning! Introducing… The I Will Teach You A Language Podcast – Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language Click here to subscribe in iTunes Click here to subscribe in […]

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Is your vocabulary notebook out of control?

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How many old vocabulary notebooks do you have lying around the house? And how many of the words that you’ve written inside those notebooks have you ever managed to learn? For me the answers are: 1) A lot and 2) Not very many. (Unfortunately, in that order.) So was all that frantic scribbling was worthwhile? Or should I not have […]

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7 year old speaks 5 languages

7 year old speaks 5 languages

Meet my friend Yukine. She’s 7 years old and speaks 5 languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, German and Sign Language. When I visited the Canary Islands recently, we sat down for a chat, and I asked her about her languages and what she likes about each of them. Now, it’s a common myth that children are much […]

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FluentU Review – Language Learning With Video

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I’m sure you know this feeling. You study your new language at home, or in class, and it all seems to be going well. But then you go out into the real world, speak to some people… and you understand nothing. It feels like you’ve gone back to square one. It’s frustrating. And demotivating as […]

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How I learn foreign languages

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[For a complete script, scroll down to the end of the post] Hi, I’m Olly. Nice to meet you! As you can probably tell from the video cover, I’m from the UK. They say that Brits are rubbish at language learning. Perhaps it’s because we live on an island and have no need for any […]

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How to stop people talking to you in English


It really sucks. You’re learning a new language, and it finally comes time to try it out with some native speakers! So, you pluck up the courage, walk over to them, try your best to say something nice. They look at you… They think for a second… …and they reply in English! You want to keep […]

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