7 Reasons You’re NOT Too Old to Learn a Language

Today we have great guest post that discussed that common fear… “I’m too old to learn a language!” It comes from Julie Peterson, who writes on study skills over at askpetersen.com Now, I realise that age and language learning is a controversial topic, so I look forward to reading your comments at the end of the […]

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Yoga For Language Learning: Stretching Your Mind and Body

Practising yoga and learning foreign languages have more in common than you might imagine. The results of practising yoga and languages are similar – they are both great for your mind and body. In this article, I would like to share my experience and hopefully help you with incorporating yoga practice into your language study. Of […]

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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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IWTYAL 100: Language learners around the world reveal their best tips!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/iwillteachyoualanguage/IWTYAL_Pod_100.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis is episode 100 of the podcast! In this episode we hear from you – the listeners. In this episode: I asked you to tell me the single biggest lesson about language learning you’ve learnt from listening to 100 episodes of the podcast. I […]

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Meet The Man Who Quit His Job And Travelled The World To Learn Languages

From time to time, you hear a story about languages that touches your heart. A story that makes you say: “Wow!” A story that leaves you thinking: “When did I stop dreaming?” This is one such story. The world is full of people who love languages, and yet how often does someone quit a high-paying […]

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16 language learning problems I struggle with every day

As a language blogger and podcaster, people often assume I have all the answers. But nothing could be further from the truth! I struggle with a whole host of language learning problems on a daily basis that I wish I could get better at. Here are some of them.

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Podcast Launch: The I Will Teach You A Language Podcast

This week, I’m thrilled to announce the launch of my brand new podcast, all about the art of language learning! Introducing… The I Will Teach You A Language Podcast – Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language Click here to subscribe in iTunes Click here to subscribe in […]

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How NOT to suck at language challenges

“Language challenges”, you may have noticed, are cropping up all over the place! Typically lasting either 30 or 90 days, you come together with other learners from around the world to set goals, learn from each other and make giant strides forward in your language learning. That’s the theory at least. In language challenges, as […]

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What to do if you lack the passion for language learning

Where do you think desire to learn a language comes from? Yes, it’s great to cultivate a desire, a love, a passion for the language you’re learning, but I wonder if sometimes that’s not a bit too idealistic. It might be all very well for me, with the good fortune to be able to live […]

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Good Study Habits…For Lazy People

I’ve lost count of the number of books I’ve read about good study habits, willpower, and getting things done. And yet I still find it so hard to develop a solid routine. (Although my crazy 5am routine has changed things recently!) Are there people in this world who just can’t stick to routines? Were some […]

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What I wish I knew about language learning 10 years ago

When I was 20, I thought that the passing of time didn’t apply to me. I didn’t really think I’d get old. The future was hypothetical. As it turns out, I was wrong. Quite a few years have insisted on passing in spite of my protests. One of the things I now know is that […]

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Unstoppable

Right now, I’m feeling unstoppable. Right now, I feel like I can take over the world. Right now, I’m riding on a wave of passion, drive and hunger to study that I feel like I can harness to achieve anything. With your permission, I’d like to tell you why. 3 weeks of nothingness Only last week I wrote […]

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When is taking a break from language learning a good thing?

I had it all planned out. I would start learning Arabic in August. I would study for a month. I would be able to speak a little by the time I arrived in Cairo in September. I would take Cairo by storm, go out every night, chat with the locals over shisha and strong coffee, […]

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231 Polyglots Taught Me This One Thing

I recently attended a language learning conference in Berlin, along with 231 other polyglots. Before going, I had no idea what to expect, but I had a few questions: What would the other polyglots be like? How do they all learn languages? Would I finally find out the best method? I also felt slightly apprehensive: […]

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10 Polyglots Reveal Their Biggest Weaknesses

I recently met 216 language lovers from around the world at the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin. It was a such a privilege to meet so many amazing people, and pick their brains about all kinds of things – languages, travel, and the best local weissbier 🙂 But then that got me thinking. I’ve already heard lots of great advice from these guys online… but what […]

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