6 Destructive Language Learning Excuses… And How To Beat Them!

One of my favourite truisms is as follows… “The quality of your questions determine the quality of your answers.” To put it another way, if you’re looking for ways to become a better language learner, the solutions you find will depend on the questions you ask… Or the stories you tell yourself.  So, what stories do […]

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6 Strategies For Free Language Learning On The Move

We live in a world where free language learning is now perfectly possible. But, without the structure of formal classes, how can you make sure your language learning endeavours are successful? Better still, how can you do it on the move, however busy you are? Here to tell us how, is guest author Andrew Howe!  […]

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5 Dangerous Language Learning Mistakes You Should Avoid

I’ve realised something lately… Getting better at learning foreign languages isn’t just about learning new tips and tricks. What’s more important is avoiding language learning mistakes that can cripple your progress. That’s why I’m pleased to feature this guest post today from Sean Patrick Hopwood, a polyglot and language enthusiast, who shares the 5 big mistakes […]

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Learn Spanish The Narcos Way: Netflix Star’s Language Learning Secrets Revealed

You don’t need to learn Spanish! Just speak English with a Latino accent! Don’t worry, that’s not my advice for how to learn Spanish! That’s how Brazilian actor Wagner Moura was told to prepare for his role as Pablo Escobar in the blockbuster Netflix series Narcos. Just speak English … with a Spanish accent! But like any good TV series, […]

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Core Study Time In Your Language Routine

I recently wrote about my new language routine in detail. It’s a powerful routine (with a CRAZY early start) I’ve used to make fast progress in my language learning. The most important part of the routine is something I call “core study time”. This core study time involves 30-45 minutes of focused study. I do it […]

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My CRAZY 5AM Language Routine

For the last month, I’ve been on a crazy new language learning routine. I get up at 5 a.m. every day to study Cantonese, and have seen some exceptional results… My vocabulary has grown My listening comprehension has improved I can speak more fluently So what possessed me to start waking up at 5 a.m.? Don’t […]

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How To Learn A Language Better, Faster & Cheaper Without Traveling Abroad

It’s a myth. Most people believe the only way to learn a foreign language is to travel abroad. But they’re wrong. Here’s the truth: If you live in New York, London, Paris, or any other big city, you’re already firmly in one of the best language learning environments on the planet. You see, when I started […]

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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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Is your vocabulary notebook out of control?

How many old vocabulary notebooks do you have lying around the house? And how many of the words that you’ve written inside those notebooks have you ever managed to learn? For me the answers are: 1) A lot and 2) Not very many. (Unfortunately, in that order.) So was all that frantic scribbling was worthwhile? Or should I not have […]

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Are you wasting your money on language classes?

If you want to learn a new language, you’ve probably thought about taking language classes. But is this the best way to go? Are language classes really worthy of your hard-earned cash? In an industry said to be worth around US$200 billion, it’s a question that we’re entitled to ask, and I’m going to explore […]

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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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21 principles for learning a new language

So you want to learn a new language. What do you do? I have certain language learning principles that I strongly believe in, and I thought I’d share them with you here. These principles are things that, through a lot of trial and error, I’ve found work for me, and they guide me through the first few months […]

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How to get s*** done!

My entire experience with language learning has led me to one, important conclusion about the big question of setting goals and making progress. What matters is not what we study, it’s how we study. I use one very simple but powerful approach to making progress and getting s*** done, which I want to share with you […]

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