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6 Destructive Language Learning Excuses… And How To Beat Them!

6 Common Language Learning Excuses and How To Tackle Them

One of my favourite truisms is as follows…

“The quality of your questions determine the quality of your answers.”

To put it another way, if you’re looking for ways to become a better language learner, the solutions you find will depend on the questions you ask…

Or the stories you tell yourself. 

So, what stories do you tell yourself? 

In this great guest post, I invite Phillip, founder of Lingualift, to discuss 6 of the worst language “stories” we tell ourselves, and how to turn them on their head, so you can become a more successful language learner!

Human nature isn’t about cooperation, creativity and freedom – it’s about our incredible ability to justify why we can’t do something—especially to ourselves.

As Don Wilder remarked, “Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.

It’s important to deal with them early and resolutely.

We all know that.

But somehow, we never act upon the intuition.

When our friends give us their excuses, we get annoyed, and are tempted to reply with Nike’s, “Just do it.”

When we end up on the receiving end of the simplistic slogan, we realise how unhelpful such advice actually is.

So, before you even start to think about methodology and language learning resources, let’s squash the myths and language learning excuses once and for all.

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5 Amazing Reasons to Learn Ukrainian Today

5 Reasons to Learn Ukrainian

Today, I’m delighted to feature a guest post on a language that’s never been covered on I Will Teach You A Language before. Have you ever been tempted to learn Ukrainian? The author is Lesley Vos, a blogger, nature lover and coffee addict! Maybe it has never occurred to you to learn Ukrainian, but it should! By […]

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How To Learn Two Languages At The Same Time


It’s the language learning question I get asked most often… It comes up again and again on the podcast… And no matter how often we discuss it, it keeps coming back… “Can you learn two languages at the same time?” There’s something about the romance of studying two languages at once that people seem unwilling […]

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New Project: Learn To Write Traditional Chinese Characters

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I’m stuck. After a couple of years learning Cantonese, I feel like I’m at an impasse. The problem? I can’t read. I can speak Cantonese, but I’ve never learnt to read or write. You might think that’s a bit odd, but not studying Chinese writing at the start was a conscious decision I made, based […]

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Yoga For Language Learning: Stretching Your Mind and Body


Practising yoga and learning foreign languages have more in common than you might imagine. The results of practising yoga and languages are similar – they are both great for your mind and body. In this article, I would like to share my experience and hopefully help you with incorporating yoga practice into your language study. Of […]

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MosaLingua App Review

Mosalingua App Review

I’ve been hearing a lot about the MosaLingua app for some time now, so I thought I’d give it a try, and write a review! So what is MosaLingua? Well, on a very basic level, it’s a smartphone app that teaches you useful phrases in the language you’re learning. The app then helps you remember […]

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5 Free Apps to Help You Learn Japanese

5 free apps to help you learn Japanese

So you want to learn Japanese, but you aren’t sure whether traditional methods or digital options are a good fit for you… Do you go with books? Or do you go with learn Japanese apps? Technology has drastically changed how we do things, making products more efficient, cheaper and faster, but traditional methods are still the […]

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Thai For Beginners: How to Learn to Speak Thai From Scratch

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What’s not to love about Thailand? It’s a stunning country, with beautiful people, and world-class food. But like most travellers to Thailand, I’d never even tried to learn to speak Thai… until now! In August 2016, I packed my suitcase and flew to Bangkok, with one mission: to (finally) learn to speak Thai. While in […]

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Lust In Translation: How To Use French Movies To Learn The Language Of Love


People learning French often ask me which are the best French movies to watch to learn the language of love. However, what they often don’t consider is how to use those movies to learn French effectively. We all love French movies, but are movies just a bit of fun or can you actually use them to improve your French? The […]

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How To Change The World Of Language Education (Forever!)

language education Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Many people believe that language education in schools is not fit for purpose. “School put me off languages for life!” … is something we hear all too often. But why? In this fascinating discussion, I chat with Lindsay from Lindsay Does Languages to see […]

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Introducing: 2 Week “Learn Thai” Challenge … In Bangkok!

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For two weeks this summer, I’m going to take on a language challenge with a difference! I’ve teamed up with my friend Jan Van Der Aa to learn Thai, and we’re going head-to-head, using two very different methods… I’ll be taking lessons in a local Thai language school for 2 hours every morning. Meanwhile… Jan will […]

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6 Strategies For Free Language Learning On The Move

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We live in a world where free language learning is now perfectly possible. But, without the structure of formal classes, how can you make sure your language learning endeavours are successful? Better still, how can you do it on the move, however busy you are? Here to tell us how, is guest author Andrew Howe!  […]

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12 Language Immersion Tools For Google Chrome

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You might have used the Google Chrome web browser before. But did you know Chrome is actually a powerful tool for foreign language immersion? You can chose from the thousands of “browser extensions” available, all of which can be installed at the click of a button. Many of them are specifically designed to help you with language […]

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Core Study Sequences: Transcribing Audio

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This is Part 6 in a series of articles in which I show you exactly how I’m learning foreign languages every day, and today is about transcribing audio. In these articles I talk about how I’m using my Core Study Time – a 30-45 minute period at the start of every day which I set […]

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9 Reasons Why Donald Trump Should Learn Spanish

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It’s probably fair to say Donald Trump is not a fan of the Spanish language. He’s left the American public in no doubt about that. However, I think he should learn Spanish! In fact, I think learning Spanish would win him the election! Here’s why… 1. Beating Hillary Would Be Easy …in Spanish, that is!

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