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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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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Advice On Learning Egyptian Arabic – Interview with Olly

When my friend Jan van der Aa visited Cairo last week, we had the opportunity to sit down and talk about all things “Egypt”. In this short video, shot on my balcony, we discuss my progress since I started learning Arabic 3 months ago: How is life in Egypt? Is Egyptian Arabic more difficult than […]

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8 Tips For Learning Egyptian Arabic in Cairo

If you’re learning Egyptian Arabic, you might find yourself a bit confused! I was too. What dialect should I learn? Do I need to learn الفصحى (standard Arabic)? In this post, I set out to answer all of the major questions you’re likely to have about learning Egyptian Arabic, or any other dialect of Arabic. […]

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The Ultimate How To Learn Mandarin Chinese Interview

If you’re learning Mandarin Chinese, these 3 quotes should catch your attention: “There are ways to make studying Chinese not only easy, but fun too.” “Learn Chinese characters like Will Smith would.” “The best new online resource for learning Mandarin Chinese.” These are some of the insights in this in-depth interview with John Fotheringham, author […]

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