Is French Hard to Learn? An Honest Analysis for Beginners

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 Baselang Review – An Undercover Report Of The Spanish Tutoring Service

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

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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7 Tips To Learn Spanish Fast

In this article, I’ll show you how to learn Spanish fast! You’ll discover the 7 key areas I’d focus on if I had to learn how to speak Spanish confidently in only a few months. I’ve drawn on my experience of learning 10 languages and identified the key study practices that result in you being able […]

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French Punctuation: The Curious Case of the Space

If you are learning French, punctuation may not be the first thing you think you need to focus on. In fact, no matter which language you are learning, punctuation is likely far down your list of things to learn. You probably prefer to focus instead on learning vocabulary and grammar. After all, punctuation is only […]

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New Project: Learn To Write Traditional Chinese Characters

I’m stuck. After a couple of years learning Cantonese, I feel like I’m at an impasse. The problem? I can’t read. I can speak Cantonese, but I’ve never learnt to read or write. You might think that’s a bit odd, but not studying Chinese writing at the start was a conscious decision I made, based […]

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5 Free Apps to Help You Learn Japanese

So you want to learn Japanese, but you aren’t sure whether traditional methods or digital options are a good fit for you… Do you go with books? Or do you go with learn Japanese apps? Technology has drastically changed how we do things, making products more efficient, cheaper and faster, but traditional methods are still the […]

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Thai For Beginners: How to Learn to Speak Thai From Scratch

What’s not to love about Thailand? It’s a stunning country, with beautiful people, and world-class food. But like most travellers to Thailand, I’d never even tried to learn to speak Thai… until now! In August 2016, I packed my suitcase and flew to Bangkok, with one mission: to (finally) learn to speak Thai. While in […]

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Lust In Translation: How To Use French Movies To Learn The Language Of Love

People learning French often ask me which are the best French movies to watch to learn the language of love. However, what they often don’t consider is how to use those movies to learn French effectively. We all love French movies, but are movies just a bit of fun or can you actually use them to improve your French? The […]

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Introducing: 2 Week “Learn Thai” Challenge … In Bangkok!

For two weeks this summer, I’m going to take on a language challenge with a difference! I’ve teamed up with my friend Jan Van Der Aa to learn Thai, and we’re going head-to-head, using two very different methods… I’ll be taking lessons in a local Thai language school for 2 hours every morning. Meanwhile… Jan will […]

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9 Reasons Why Donald Trump Should Learn Spanish

It’s probably fair to say Donald Trump is not a fan of the Spanish language. He’s left the American public in no doubt about that. However, I think he should learn Spanish! In fact, I think learning Spanish would win him the election! Here’s why… 1. Beating Hillary Would Be Easy …in Spanish, that is!

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Learn To Read Japanese Hiragana Using Memory Palaces

You need to learn to read Japanese, right? But you’ve found out that hiragana is the first stage and it’s got you worried! Relax. You’ve probably heard about mnemonics for learning vocabulary in a foreign language and wanted to know more. Well, the good news is that a similar technique works for learning hiragana too. […]

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Learning Songs To Stay Motivated In Language Learning

I had a bit of free time this afternoon so I decided to sit down and record a song in Cantonese. I discovered this song – 愛是永恆 – some time ago and really loved it. You can find the lyrics here. Learning songs perhaps isn’t an immediately obvious language learning activity, but I’ve found it to […]

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Connectors: Never Feel Stuck In A Language Again

It’s an uncomfortable feeling… Speaking another language, but feeling like a robot. You know – when your speaking sounds like a textbook? Or when you’re searching desperately for words, while your speaking partner waits patiently across from you. That’s why I was really happy to publish this guest post by Anthony from Spanish Hackers. Connectors. What […]

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Olly speaking with a Brazilian Portuguese accent

The other day, I felt a bit of saudade do Brasil. I missed hearing the Portuguese accent, and had a sudden desire to speak Portuguese! So, I called up fellow polyglot Jimmy Mello for a chat! This video is nothing more than an informal chat between the two of us in Brazilian Portuguese, and there are […]

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