Interacting with native speakers

It’s probably fair to say that speaking effortlessly with native speakers is the holy grail for most language learners. Who doesn’t want to saunter down a leafy avenue in Buenos Aires, stop off for a quick drink in a local bar and shoot the breeze with the locals? Here are some things to remember about […]

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10 principles for language learning

Don’t listen to anyone who says that a particular way of learning is right or wrong – they don’t know how you learn. Most teaching methods, including those derived from the mammoth field of second language acquisition (SLA) research, are based on sweeping generalisations about learning. By definition, a method will aim to work for […]

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Creating the right conditions – know yourself!

However you learn best, without the right conditions you’re in trouble. Create the right conditions and you’re setting yourself up for success. We’re talking about fitting your learning into your daily life in a way that is most likely to work. First, there’s the basics: if you know you’ll be tired after work, study in […]

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How I learnt Cantonese – the first month

In this video, I discuss how I went about learning Cantonese during the first month. My 1-month progress video is here. Here are the resources mentioned: FSI Cantonese Cantoneseclass101.com SRS (Spaced repetition system) To learn more about my new Cantonese learning resource, Cantonese Conversations, click this link. Please post your comments below! Progress Videos: Cantonese 1-month […]

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How can I make progress in my languages? Two key questions.

In this video I talk about two key questions you should ask yourself about your language learning habits, and why they are important: 1. Your study routine 2. The quality of your studying What routine works best for you? Leave a comment below!

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