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12 Steps to Finding Your Perfect Language Teacher Online

find your perfect language teacher onlineDo 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 waiting to help you start practice speaking… even if you’re a beginner.

Read on, and I’ll show you the exact steps I’ve personally used to find dozens of affordable tutors on a great website called iTalki, and significantly improved my speaking skills in multiple languages. Continue reading…

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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FluentU Review – Language Learning With Video

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I’m sure you know this feeling. You study your new language at home, or in class, and it all seems to be going well. But then you go out into the real world, speak to some people… and you understand nothing. It feels like you’ve gone back to square one. It’s frustrating. And demotivating as […]

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How I learn foreign languages

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[For a complete script, scroll down to the end of the post] Hi, I’m Olly. Nice to meet you! As you can probably tell from the video cover, I’m from the UK. They say that Brits are rubbish at language learning. Perhaps it’s because we live on an island and have no need for any […]

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How to stop people talking to you in English

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It really sucks. You’re learning a new language, and it finally comes time to try it out with some native speakers! So, you pluck up the courage, walk over to them, try your best to say something nice. They look at you… They think for a second… …and they reply in English! You want to keep […]

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How to Learn the Spanish of the Canary Islands

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You might not know where the Canary Islands are. Don’t worry, though… you’re not the only one!  You also might not know that the Canary Islands belong to Spain, and that Spanish is the local language.  It’s actually a topic close to my heart, because I originally learnt my Spanish with Canarians, which is where I […]

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Pimsleur Egyptian Arabic Review – A Good Way to Learn Arabic?

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When I started my project to learn Egyptian Arabic, one obstacle I faced straight away was that I didn’t have any materials! In Qatar, where I was living at the time, there were very few good bookshops. The ones that did exist catered almost exclusively for Modern Standard Arabic resources, which, thanks to this interview, I […]

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One simple strategy for learning the hardest grammar in the world

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If you’re learning a difficult language, you might be wondering how best to set about learning its grammar. You might have flicked through various textbooks, maybe even done a few of the grammar exercises… and felt so overwhelmed that you wanted to throw the book through the window! Well, fear not! This post will show […]

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The Grammar Myth… Debunked!

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This is not the first article ever written about grammar. And it certainly won’t be the last. But I was shocked to discover recently that, despite talking about it quite often, I’ve never actually written a post dedicated to that big question that kicks up so much controversy and divides opinion like Marmite: “Should I […]

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19 quick changes you can make today that will make you a better language teacher

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In a recent article, I asked the question: Are you wasting your money on language classes? The article made the point that, while classes can help with your language learning, the reality is that they’re probably doing more harm than good. So where does this leave language teachers? Well, I believe that language teachers need […]

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