5 Amazing Reasons to Learn Ukrainian Today

Today, I’m delighted to feature a guest post on a language that’s never been covered on I Will Teach You A Language before. Have you ever been tempted to learn Ukrainian? The author is Lesley Vos, a blogger, nature lover and coffee addict! Maybe it has never occurred to you to learn Ukrainian, but it should! By […]

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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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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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Japanese Culture For Foreigners: 19 Insider Secrets You Need To Know

You might think Japanese is a hard language to learn. But what about Japanese culture? Becoming “culturally fluent” in Japan can be both challenging and fascinating. Luckily, you’re in the right place! I’ve curated 19 of the most curious, unique, and downright helpful insights into Japanese customs and etiquette from around the web, so you’re guaranteed to […]

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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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8 study hacks you can use when you’re too busy to learn a language

Are you too busy to learn a language? Do you always find it hard to make time to study? Me too. In this video I’m going to lift the lid on a typical day, and let you look over my shoulder as I study languages in all kinds of different places over the course of […]

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How to stop people talking to you in English

It really sucks. You’re learning a new language, and it finally comes time to try it out with some native speakers! So, you pluck up the courage, walk over to them, try your best to say something nice. They look at you… They think for a second… …and they reply in English! You want to keep […]

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How to start a conversation with native speakers

I recently received an interesting email from a reader asking how to start a conversation with native speakers on a plane. And that got me thinking. I’ve come to believe that if you’re learning a new language, randomly striking up conversations with people on the street (or wherever you happen to be) may not be a […]

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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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How 7 months of learning Spanish changed my life

I’m very happy to host a guest post today from a talented writer, Beth Hobson, who caught my attention earlier this year with her honest and engaging writing over at bethhobson.com. We were talking about her experiences learning Spanish in Ecuador, and how hard she was finding it. Then one day, I received an excited message saying: […]

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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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How I Learned Eight Languages

It all started back in 2000. I had just finished my first year at music college and had decided to take a break. A lot of my friends had gone off travelling during their gap year and I was left wondering whether I should have done the same. I arranged to take a year off […]

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Where’s the best place to learn Spanish in South America?

How many people do you think head off backpacking around South America each year? Quite a few. How many people do you think take the trouble to learn Spanish whilst they’re there? Hmm… not quite as many, I suspect. In this post we talk about where you should study Spanish in South America. I take […]

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Reflections on Sri Lanka

Travelling to a new country for the first time is always a great experience. This Christmas I travelled to Sri Lanka for 10 days and it didn’t disappoint. I’m not sure I knew what to expect, having heard only anecdotes from friends who had been, but I was amazed by what I found. This is […]

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10 ways to learn Spanish while backpacking in South America

I guarantee you you’ll never have so much fun in your life! South America is great, but it’s even better if you speak Spanish (or Portuguese, if you find yourself in Brazil). You don’t need me to tell you that a little bit of language goes a long way when you’re travelling. But what about […]

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