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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How to learn Cantonese in 1 year!

Almost 1 year ago, I made the decision to learn Cantonese. It was kind of a crazy decision to make. 🙂

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Speaking Cantonese After 6 Months

This is me (and my lovely assistant) speaking Cantonese after 6 months. As you can see, completely unprepared, and with the added complication of having to navigate the roads of Doha in my Jeep! This video, for me, demonstrates what’s possible by studying a language from scratch for 15-30 minutes a day. There were some […]

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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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7-Language Welcome Video

  I’m learning Cantonese right now. You can follow my update videos here!

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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! Extra motivation in recent weeks has come from the #add1challenge. Head over to DaGeniusLab for more information on this – there’s still time to get involved! Please leave me a comment and share this video using the buttons below if you […]

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Beginners: how to learn languages – my method/routine

In this video I talk about a method for beginners to learn a language, based on my recent experience with Cantonese. Mentioned: cantoneseclass101.com FSI Cantonese Would this method work for you? Leave a comment below!

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How I learnt Cantonese – the first month

In this video, I discuss how I went about learning Cantonese during the first month. My 1-month progress video is here. Here are the resources mentioned: FSI Cantonese Cantoneseclass101.com SRS (Spaced repetition system) Please post your comments below! Progress Videos: Cantonese 1-month progress video How I learnt Cantonese – the first month Cantonese 2-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. Please leave […]

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How can I make progress in my languages? Two key questions.

In this video I talk about two key questions you should ask yourself about your language learning habits, and why they are important: 1. Your study routine 2. The quality of your studying What routine works best for you? Leave a comment below!

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