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How to Take the Pain Out Of Your Chinese Listening Practice

forbidden city peking chinaToday I’m delighted to feature a guest post that discusses how to take the pain out of your Chinese listening practice.

You’ll learn about:

  • Why listening in Chinese is so difficult
  • How you can improve your Chinese listening skills
  • Some of the best resources to start practising your listening

I think you’ll find this post very useful if you’re learning Chinese!

Here’s Emily…


Why Is Listening in Chinese So Difficult?

You’ve just learned some new Chinese words and sentences and you’re ready to use them in conversation. But then the conversation begins and you realise you can’t even correctly understand the other speaker!

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23 Useful French Phrases to Impress the Locals On Your Next Trip to France

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Today I’m delighted to feature a guest post that explains 23 of the most useful French phrases that will help you speak with confidence during your next trip to France. Sounding natural when you speak is a tricky task but if you can use some of the phrases in this post, you’ll impress the locals […]

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How The World’s Top Polyglots Learn Languages: What Do Their Methods Have In Common?

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What do the language learning methods used by the world’s top polyglots all have in common? Today, I’m delighted to feature a guest post that answers that very question! You’ll learn about:  The methods used by some of the world’s top polyglots to learn multiple foreign languages The core principles behind each of these methods The key […]

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How to Use Spanish Music to Boost Your Fluency: A Simple Quickstart Guide

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Today I’m delighted to feature a guest post about how to use Spanish music and get the most out of it. Listening to music is a great way to practice your target language and this guest post shares some great tips to help you get started. I hope you enjoy the post! Over to Sean… My love […]

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SpanishPod101 Review – Website to Learn Spanish Online

SpanishPod101 Review

This article is a review of SpanishPod101.com, an online resource for learning Spanish through audio podcasts. In this review, I’ll take you inside the paid members area, with a video showing you the main features of the website, and then give you my honest assessment of the quality of the product, so you can decide […]

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7 Podcasts In Spanish Guaranteed Improve Your Listening Skills

Podcasts in Spanish

Today’s post is all about how you can use podcasts in Spanish to improve your listening skills. We’ll cover: How Podcasts Can Help You Improve Your Spanish 7 Great Podcasts You Should Be Listening To I hope you enjoy the post! Work. Study. Gym. Kids. Socialising. These days it can sometimes seem like we don’t have […]

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How To Learn Languages With Harry Potter: A Step-By-Step Guide

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Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to learn languages with Harry Potter? Today I’m delighted to feature a guest post that answers that question. You’ll read about:  Why the Harry Potter books can be useful for learning languages A Simple Step-By-Step Guide to help you get the most out of the books How to learn […]

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FrenchPod101 Review – Website For Learning French Online

frenchpod101 review

This is a review of FrenchPod101.com, an online resource for learning French, through podcasts. I’m going to take you inside the paid members area, with a video showing you the main features of the website, and then give you my honest assessment of the quality of the product, so you can decide whether it’s right […]

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Spanish Immersion Challenge: Two Weeks In Mexico

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Every year, I take a special language-focused trip abroad, with my friend and travel buddy Jan van der Aa. We document everything on camera and upload it to YouTube, so you can see what we’re up to and take inspiration from our activities. Last year, you may remember, we spent 2 weeks in Thailand, studying Thai. […]

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5 Spanish Books For Beginners To Grow Your Vocabulary And Boost Your Fluency

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Today’s post is all about the best Spanish books for beginners and why reading should be a valuable part of your learning plan. In this post, you’ll learn about:  Why you should be reading in Spanish How to choose the right books to read Some of the best books to learn Spanish as a beginner I […]

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Is French Hard to Learn? An Honest Analysis for Beginners

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Today I’m delighted to feature a guest post that answers the common question: “Is French hard to learn?” Here’s what you’ll learn:  The difficulty of learning French compared to other languages Some of the most common problems learners face with French How you can learn French quickly and effectively I hope you enjoy the post! Over to Jan… So […]

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The Big Listening Con – Why Most Listening Practice Material Isn’t Fit For Purpose

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I used to think that speaking was the most important skill in language learning. After all, learning to speak fluently is what we all ultimately want. But there’s a problem… In all the languages I’ve learnt in recent years, my speaking ability has outpaced my ability to understand (my listening ability). As a result, I’d often find myself […]

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Language Learning & Coffee: How To Use “Productivity Anchors” To Upgrade Your Language Study

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It’s been some time since we’ve had a really good look at productivity on the blog, so today I’m delighted to feature this guest post from Quincy Smith.  What is a “Productivity Anchor”?  How can this help you become a better language learning? And what on Earth does coffee have to do with it? (Hint: It’s […]

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The Big Baselang Review – An Undercover Report Of The Spanish Tutoring Service

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Welcome to the Big Baselang Review – a review with a twist! What’s the twist? Let me explain… Baselang is a service that offers unlimited Spanish tutoring for $129/month. But as a Spanish speaker myself, I thought it would be difficult for me to do a fair review from a learner’s perspective. So I decided to remove myself from […]

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Cantonese Conversations – Behind The Scenes Of An Exciting New Online Cantonese Project

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In this blog post, you’re going to see behind the scenes of a “passion project” I’ve been working on for months. It’s called Cantonese Conversations, and it’s my answer to a horrible lack of study material out there for people trying to learn Cantonese online. After traveling thousands of miles, working with dozens of people, […]

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