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The Worst Language Exchange Ever (And What I Learnt From It)

worst language exchange everA few days ago, here in Hong Kong, I had the worst language exchange of my life.

By all accounts, it was terrible.

I walked out at the end feeling thoroughly depressed… an unfortunate mood that took me a couple of days to snap out of.

But it wasn’t the fact I wasted half my day that got to me.

Nor the fact my language partner basically got a free 2-hour English lesson out of me.

It wasn’t even the fact that this whole experience cost me around US $20 (after metro tickets and a couple of coffees).

What got to me was that this happened in the first place.

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Core Study Sequences: Reverse Translation

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This is Part 7 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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Endangered Languages: Tips for Learning & Using the World’s Minority Languages

Studying endangered languages sets you apart!

It’s easy to say how every language-learning journey starts. You may hear a friend say it. It may come to mind while daydreaming – namely, “Gosh, wouldn’t it be nice to know (insert language of your dreams here)?” Sadly, while a lot of very successful language journeys do start this way, many of them don’t […]

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How To Learn Vocabulary In A Foreign Language – Part 3

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This is my comprehensive guide to how to learn vocabulary in a foreign language! To catch up on the earlier posts in the series, use the links below: CLICK HERE TO READ PART 1 CLICK HERE TO READ PART 2 In the first two parts to the series, we looked at: Some common misconceptions about […]

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How To Learn Vocabulary In A Foreign Language – Part 2

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Welcome to part 2 of this special series where you’re discover how to learn vocabulary in a foreign language… my way! If you missed part 1, you should start there. (This post make much sense otherwise!) CLICK HERE TO READ PART 1 In the first part, we looked at: Some common misconceptions about memory The first […]

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How To Learn Vocabulary In A Foreign Language – Part 1

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This 3-part series will show you how to learn vocabulary in a foreign language… without forgetting it later! When you can increase your vocabulary on-demand, it gets a lot easier to speak your new language, and much more enjoyable too! You’ll learn the A.R.T. technique, and how to apply it to your language learning, so […]

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7 Reasons You’re NOT Too Old to Learn a Language

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Today we have great guest post that discussed that common fear… “I’m too old to learn a language!” It comes from Julie Peterson, who writes on study skills over at askpetersen.com Now, I realise that age and language learning is a controversial topic, so I look forward to reading your comments at the end of the […]

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5 Tips To Roll Your Rs In Spanish, Italian… Or Any Other Language!

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Learning how to roll your Rs is one of those language learning ordeals that can really make you feel stupid! Whether you’re learning Spanish, Italian, or any other language that uses this sound, chances are you’ve struggled to roll your Rs naturally. Like me, you probably spent hours twisting your mouth into weird shapes, desperately […]

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7 Tips To Learn Spanish Fast

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In this article, I’ll show you how to learn Spanish fast! You’ll discover the 7 key areas I’d focus on if I had to learn how to speak Spanish confidently in only a few months. I’ve drawn on my experience of learning 10 languages and identified the key study practices that result in you being able […]

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French Punctuation: The Curious Case of the Space

French Punctuation: The Curious Case of the Space

If you are learning French, punctuation may not be the first thing you think you need to focus on. In fact, no matter which language you are learning, punctuation is likely far down your list of things to learn. You probably prefer to focus instead on learning vocabulary and grammar. After all, punctuation is only […]

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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 […]

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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

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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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