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German From Zero – Reflections on 1 Month of Learning German

learn german for beginnersRecently, I started to learn German – my 9th language.

But this time, I decided to do things a bit differently…

In this post, I’ll share:

  • My 30-day German strategy
  • My thoughts on learning German as an English speaker
  • Why I’m SO EXCITED about this project

I’ve been resisting learning German for a long time.

Yes – resisting.

You see, I’ve wanted to learn German since I can remember, but there’s never been a “right time”. I’ve only been to Germany a couple of times, and never had many German friends.

I know from experience that there needs to be a “why” behind any language project

Learning a language is a long-term thing, and if the only reason you’re learning it is to scratch an itch, you’re bound to come unstuck sooner or later, once you go beyond the honeymoon period, and the hard work begins.

Despite being known as polyglot (a label I dislike), I’ve only ever learnt a new language because I had a strong reason at that point in my life – living abroad, girlfriend, that sort of thing.

So, with a positive lack of Germanic culture or romance in my life, I’ve prided myself in resisting the call to learn German.

“Be smart, Olly – you know won’t keep it up for long!”

So, what happened? Did I just “snap”? Continue reading…

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5 Dangerous Language Learning Mistakes You Should Avoid

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I’ve realised something lately… Getting better at learning foreign languages isn’t just about learning new tips and tricks. What’s more important is avoiding language learning mistakes that can cripple your progress. That’s why I’m pleased to feature this guest post today from Sean Patrick Hopwood, a polyglot and language enthusiast, who shares the 5 big mistakes […]

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Frantastique Review – Unconventional French Classes Online

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So you’re looking for French classes online? Or perhaps a Frantastique review? You want something fun, something you’ll want to use, and something that will actually improve your French? (After all – you do primarily want to improveyour French, right?) Well, you’re in the right place. I’ll give you a video walkthrough of the key […]

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3 Awesome Podcasts To Master Conversation In English

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Improving your conversation in English takes practice… A lot of practice! But speaking isn’t the only thing you need to think about when it comes to conversations. You also need to improve your listening skills. Sometimes, people spend hours listening to the radio or watching movies in English, in order to improve their listening. But I […]

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3 Ways To Make Your Spanish Sound Less “English” – False Cognates & Beyond!

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Do you feel like your Spanish is good… You can get your point across… But your Spanish still sounds a bit too English? In this article, I’ll show you 3 simple steps for sounding less English. You’ll learn about false cognates in Spanish, idioms and more… and start sounding more Spanish right away!

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Learn Spanish The Narcos Way: Netflix Star’s Language Learning Secrets Revealed

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You don’t need to learn Spanish! Just speak English with a Latino accent! Don’t worry, that’s not my advice for how to learn Spanish! That’s how Brazilian actor Wagner Moura was told to prepare for his role as Pablo Escobar in the blockbuster Netflix series Narcos. Just speak English … with a Spanish accent! But like any good TV series, […]

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Why Learning A Language Is The Ultimate Career Development Hack

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It’s well-documented that learning a foreign language is great for career development: You can expect a 2% higher salary than the average Your second language could be worth an extra $70,000 in your retirement account So it’s clear … if you want to develop good skills for a job, learn a new language. But let’s dig a little […]

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Meet The Man Who Quit His Job And Travelled The World To Learn Languages

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From time to time, you hear a story about languages that touches your heart. A story that makes you say: “Wow!” A story that leaves you thinking: “When did I stop dreaming?” This is one such story. The world is full of people who love languages, and yet how often does someone quit a high-paying […]

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Core Study Sequences: Glossika Language Training

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Welcome to Part 4 in a series of articles in which I show you exactly how I’m learning foreign languages every day. 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 aside for intensive study. Before you […]

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Core Study Sequences: Lesson Preparation

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Welcome to Part 3 in a series of articles in which I show you exactly how I’m learning foreign languages every day. 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 aside for intensive study. Before you read […]

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9 Surprising Health Benefits Of Learning A Foreign Language

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How would you like a bigger brain? Or a better memory? Well, it might be easier than you think! You already know that learning a foreign language can put you ahead in your career. But there’s a growing body of evidence that the health benefits of learning a foreign language may be significant as well. […]

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Core Study Sequences: Learning Vocabulary

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Welcome to Part II in a series of articles in which I show you exactly how I’m learning foreign languages every day. 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 aside for intensive study. Before you […]

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Core Study Sequences: Listening Comprehension

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Welcome to a series of articles in which I show you exactly how I’m learning foreign languages every day. You’ll literally get to watch over my shoulder as I show you step-by-step how I’m studying! In each article, I’m going to talk about how I’m using my Core Study Time – a 30-45 minute period […]

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Core Study Time In Your Language Routine

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I recently wrote about my new language routine in detail. It’s a powerful routine (with a CRAZY early start) I’ve used to make fast progress in my language learning. The most important part of the routine is something I call “core study time”. This core study time involves 30-45 minutes of focused study. I do it […]

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My CRAZY 5AM Language Routine

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For the last month, I’ve been on a crazy new language learning routine. I get up at 5 a.m. every day to study Cantonese, and have seen some exceptional results… My vocabulary has grown My listening comprehension has improved I can speak more fluently So what possessed me to start waking up at 5 a.m.? Don’t […]

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