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How To Learn A Language Better, Faster & Cheaper Without Traveling Abroad

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It’s a myth.

Most people believe the only way to learn a foreign language is to travel abroad.

But they’re wrong.

Here’s the truth: If you live in New York, London, Paris, or any other big city, you’re already firmly in one of the best language learning environments on the planet.

You see, when I started learning languages (aged 19), I thought I had to travel, too.

So I did.

I used to spend lots of time and money traveling the world in order to get language practice.

However, by the time I learnt my eighth language (Arabic), things had changed. Continue reading…

5 Misconceptions In Language Learning

misconceptions in language learning

Every day, I talk to people who have the wrong idea about language learning. Some of these misconceptions are so powerful, they actually prevent you learning your target language. In this post, Arkady Zilberman, a simultaneous translator and founder of Language Bridge, is going to look at some of these misconceptions.  Now, I don’t agree with everything Arkady says.  […]

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5 Ways To Break Your Facebook Addiction And Create More Time For Language Learning

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You have the best of intentions … You plan to study … But then Facebook happens.  45 minutes later, your textbook lies unopened on the table. You’ve done it again! But don’t worry – there’s still hope. Here are five quick ways to get your Facebook addiction under control, and create extra time and focus for language […]

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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… STOP! 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 […]

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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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