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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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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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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Cantonese 4-month update video

To celebrate the end of the year, here’s my 4-month update video! There are no subtitles on this one, I’m afraid, since it’s recorded here in Sri Lanka where I have no computer access. As I attempt to explain in the video, I’ve changed my approach quite a bit in the last two months. We […]

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How to learn vocabulary with some cunning technology!

How do you even begin to learn vocabulary when there are just so many words to learn? How do you know which vocabulary you should concentrate on? How can you learn vocabulary when you don’t understand half of it? This video is a step-by-step guide for choosing, recording and learning vocabulary. It’s good for any […]

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How to make progress (Cantonese 3-month update)

The 2-3 month point in learning a language can be tough. Motivation starts to falter and you find out whether you have what it takes to keep going! If you’ve ever started something with lots of energy, but struggled to keep going, this video is for you! I talk in English about the challenges I’ve faced […]

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Cantonese update – singing!

I wanted to get off the study wagon for a while and do something a bit more fun, so I learnt this great song in Cantonese in order to focus a bit on my pronunciation. What do you think? Remember I’m not a singer or guitarist, so go easy on me 🙂 What song would […]

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Cantonese: 2-month progress video

I’ve been making steady progress with my Cantonese and here’s my 2-month progress video! Please leave me a comment and share this video using the buttons below if you enjoyed it – I’d be really grateful! To learn more about my new Cantonese learning resource, Cantonese Conversations, click this link. Progress Videos: Cantonese 1-month progress video […]

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Video in Cantonese: 1 month progress

Here we go! I’ve been studying Cantonese for 1 month and this is the video of my current level. It’s very raw, and I know it must be full of mistakes, but I’d be happy if you can understand the message at least! To find out how I learnt it all, see here. To learn […]

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Video: Why Japanese is a difficult language to learn

In this video I discuss five challenges that I have faced in learning Japanese: kanji (Chinese characters); words which have many similar alternatives; the difference between keigo (formal) and casual Japanese; formulaic language and social patterns; grammar.

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Video in Spanish: How I learnt Spanish | Como yo aprendí el español

In this video in video I discuss how I learnt Spanish. Enjoy!

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Video in Portuguese: The 5 keys to language learning

In this video in Portuguese I talk about the 5 key conditions for learning a language. Do you agree with the 5 conditions? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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Multilingual video – Portuguese, French, Spanish, Japanese

This is a multilingual video I recorded in sunny London the other day. In the video, I speak four languages besides English: Portuguese, French, Spanish and Japanese (in that order), and discuss a little about how and why I learnt those languages. After recording it I realised how rusty I am – especially in French, […]

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