German From Zero – Reflections on 1 Month of Learning German

Recently, I started to learn German – my 9th language. But this time, I decided to do things a bit differently… In this post, I’ll share: My 30-day German strategy My thoughts on learning German as an English speaker Why I’m SO EXCITED about this project I’ve been resisting learning German for a long time. […]

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How I learn foreign languages

[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 […]

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Egyptian Arabic – Week 2 Summary

This is a summary of my 2nd week of my project to learn Egyptian Arabic. In week 1, I prepared a self-introduction, looked up some useful vocabulary to talk about myself, and started to learn some of the vocabulary by starting a flashcard deck. I had planned a conversation with a native speaker, but they […]

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Egyptian Arabic Week 1 Summary

So here I am, at the end of my first week of learning Arabic. To say that it went by quickly would be an understatement! My first thoughts are that I wasted the week. It’s funny how we have a tendency to focus on the negatives when it comes to our own accomplishments! Instead, I’m […]

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Choosing The Best Language Resources – Part 1: Self-Study

It’s difficult to underestimate the importance of choosing the right language resources. Getting it right means choosing materials that match how you learn. This motivates you and speeds up your progress. Getting it wrong means a long slog through material that’s not right for you. This is demotivating, makes it harder to learn, and may […]

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Are You Wasting Your Time Watching Foreign Language Movies?

I’ve watched hundreds of movies over the years to help me to learn one language or another. I bet you have too. Who doesn’t like a good movie? And even better if it’s in your target language! The thing is, I don’t do it much any more. At a certain point, I grew a bit […]

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The Beginner’s Dilemma

When you start out in a language you face a straightforward dilemma. You’ve been told that if you want to get good at a language, “you need to read a lot, listen to the radio, watch loads of movies, etc.” Well, OK. The problem, of course, is that as a beginner you don’t understand anything […]

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Beginners: how to learn languages – my method/routine

In this video I talk about a method for beginners to learn a language, based on my recent experience with Cantonese. Mentioned: cantoneseclass101.com FSI Cantonese Would this method work for you? Leave a comment below!

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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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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) Please post your comments below! Progress Videos: Cantonese 1-month progress video How I learnt Cantonese – the first month Cantonese 2-month progress video […]

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