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How To Do Language Immersion The Right Way: Strategies For Expats

language immersionToday I’m delighted to feature a guest post from Alicia about creating a language immersion environment for yourself.

You’ll learn about:

  • Why it’s important to language proof your surroundings
  • Different ways you can create your own immersion environment
  • The role culture and tradition plays in your learning

Here’s Alicia…


Learning a new language is an exciting experience but it can become quite overwhelming at times. This is especially true if you’re living abroad in a new country.

After all, you will be surrounded by people who are communicating in a way you can’t understand yet. Feelings of alienation and that you simply don’t belong will be quite common.

So what can you do about this? How can you learn more quickly so that you can actually begin to understand and communicate with the people you meet?

My solution: Make your environment language proof. Continue reading…

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外国語学習のために映画を見るのは時間の無駄?

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僕はいままで外国語の学習に役立てようと、たくさんの外国映画を観てきました。 みなさんもきっと同じだと思います。いい映画が好きではない人なんていませんよね。 その映画の中で勉強中の外国語が聞けるとなればことさらです。 でも、実は僕はもうあまり勉強のために映画を見ないのです。 いろいろなところで次のような外国語学習のアドバイスをよく聞きます。「え、○○語を勉強したいんですか? じゃあ、映画を観た方がいいですよ! 本場の会話が聞けますからね。」でも、ある時にこのアドバイスに少し疑問を抱くようになったのです。

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67 Essential Spanish Travel Phrases Every Traveller Needs To Know

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Spain. Mexico. Argentina. Peru. Colombia. Does the mere the mention of these countries leave you daydreaming about your next trip abroad? I’ve had the good fortune of spending time in many Spanish speaking countries and I can tell you from first-hand experience that they’re incredible places to visit. Spanish-speaking countries are among the most popular […]

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How To Learn Chinese From Scratch: The Ultimate Guide For Beginners

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Have you always wanted to learn Chinese? Or have you started learning it but found yourself running into a brick wall? If so, then this article is for you! Unfortunately, learning Mandarin Chinese has a reputation for being exceptionally difficult… But the truth is, it’s not as hard as you think! In this article, I’ll […]

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How To Learn Japanese From Scratch: The Ultimate Guide For Beginners

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Learning Japanese may seem intimidating at first. Words seem strange and reading an alphabet you’ve never even heard of can feel like an impossible task. However, I can tell you from experience that learning Japanese is highly rewarding if you persevere. Believe it or not, Japanese is one of the most popular languages to learn […]

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7 Italian Language Books To Grow Your Vocabulary and Boost Your Fluency

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Reading in Italian is one of the best ways to learn the language. It’s a marvellous way to familiarize yourself with commonly used grammatical structures as well as build up a good vocabulary. But reading can be daunting, especially for beginners. You may be asking yourself a few questions: Where can I find an Italian […]

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American Sign Language: What You Need To Know And Why It’s Unique

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Today I’m delighted to feature a guest post from Kristine about American Sign Language (ASL). You’ll learn about: What ASL is and how it developed 5 common misconceptions people have about ASL Some similarities between ASL and English How learning ASL is different from learning English Here’s Kristine… What Is American Sign Language (ASL)? ASL, […]

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How To Learn Italian From Scratch: The Ultimate Guide For Beginners

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Learning Italian is one of the most rewarding adventures you can embark on. As an Italian speaker, you’ll be able to: Communicate with family or friends who speak Italian Have more authentic travel experiences in Italy Learn more about Italian cuisine, culture, history and art Live or work in Italy See the world and the […]

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The Complete Guide To German Pronunciation: Reduce Your Accent & Pronounce German Words Like A Native

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When you first start learning about German pronunciation, it can be intimidating. The sounds are tricky, and words that have the same meaning and spelling as English can sound entirely different. While German is definitely very different from English, it’s not that much harder. Once you learn the rules and patterns, pronouncing German words correctly […]

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Learning Italian As A Teenager: What It Taught Me About Myself, My Family And How To Learn

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Today I’m delighted to feature a guest post from 14-year old James Corl, who shares his experience of learning Italian as a teenager. James has been learning Italian for over two years and recently started a club for foreign language learners, which has hosted festivals for the advancement of culture and foreign language. You’ll read about: […]

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How To Learn French From Scratch: The Ultimate Guide For Beginners

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Starting out learning French can seem frightening at first. Words on the page can look so different from how they’re spoken and pronouncing these strange words can feel like an impossible task. But although it may not seem so at first, French is not a particularly difficult language for English speakers to learn. French is […]

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6 Smart Strategies I Used To Learn Chinese While Teaching English In Shanghai

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Today I’m delighted to feature a guest post from Dimitris that shares his experience of learning Chinese while living and working as an English teacher in Shanghai. If you’re struggling to make the kind of progress you’d hoped for with your Chinese, I think this post will give you some ideas that might help you […]

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世界トップレベルのマルチリンガルたちに学ぶ効果的な言語学習法 -共通点はあるか?

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世界トップレベルのマルチリンガル(多言語を話す人、ポリグロット)たちの言語学習法に何か共通点はあるだろうか? 今日はその疑問に答える寄稿記事を紹介できることになり、とても嬉しく思います。 今回学ぶことは:  世界のトップ・マルチリンガルたちがどう外国語を学んでいるのか それぞれの学習法の核となる考え方 全ての学習法に共通するキーポイント この記事は皆さんにお楽しみいただけると思います。著者は Sprachheld というブログを運営しているガブリエルです。 では、どうぞ。

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Learning How to Learn: Mastering the Science of Learning with Barbara Oakley

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Dr Barbara Oakley is a lifelong learning enthusiast with a colourful past. After struggling with mathematics and science at school, she joined the army, so she could get paid to learn another language. She studied Russian for years, even working on Soviet trawlers in the Bearing Sea for months at a time. Later, she shrugged […]

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7 Ways to Embrace Mistakes When Speaking a Foreign Language

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Today I’m delighted to feature a guest post that discusses how you can embrace mistakes and start speaking the language you’re learning. If you struggle to find the confidence to speak, this article is for you. You’ll learn about: Why mistakes are a normal part of learning a language 7 steps you can take to […]

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