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Make Your Brain Sweat: Why You Need To Push Your Language Learning Limits

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Today I’m delighted to feature a guest post by Chi Fang about the value of intensive learning.

In this post, Chi argues that your language learning practise is much more effective when it’s deep and intensive, rather than short and passive. You’ll learn about:

  • The benefits of your pushing yourself to your language learning limits
  • Why intensive learning yields better results than passive learning
  • The right duration for your intensive learning sessions

Over to Chi…


Have you ever thought about something so hard and for so long that your brain felt like pudding?

That’s what you should be aiming for when it comes to learning a foreign language.

If you haven’t experienced this feeling, then you’re probably not getting the most out of your time and effort.

Now you might be thinking, why is that really necessary? Can’t I learn a language without the brain sweat?

Let’s examine why you need to push your limits in your language learning. Continue reading…

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82 Basic Italian Phrases To Survive Your First Conversations With A Native Speaker

Have you always dreamt about learning Italian? Or are you planning a holiday in Italy? In order to get started and have your first basic Italian conversations, you’re going to need to learn your first words! In this post, you’ll learn 82 basic Italian phrases to help you have your first interactions in the language.

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How To Master German Verb Conjugation In 3 Easy Steps

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When it comes to your favourite things to do, German verb conjugation probably isn’t at the top of the list. In fact, it may seem intimidating and complicated at first glance – one of the harder aspects of learning German. This can leave you wondering how to approach this important topic in the most effective way. […]

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How Long Does It Take To Learn German? An Honest Guide For Beginners

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We all have different motivations for learning a new language but with over 200 million speakers worldwide, German is a popular and extremely rewarding choice. But just how long does it take to learn German? After all, as you set out on your German journey, you probably have certain objectives in mind and it’s important […]

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I Stopped Listening To Slow Audio…So Should You! (Here’s Why)

It’s a part of language products I often see mentioned as a “great feature”… It’s available with a tiny click of the mouse… But with huge consequences… Yep, I’m talking about the “slow down the audio” button. Otherwise known as “Listen at ¾ or even ½ speed”. But is slowing down the audio a good […]

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All About The Finnish Language: A Brief Guide For Beginners

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December 6th marked the 100th anniversary of Finland’s Independence, and so what better time to learn a little bit about the native language: Finnish. Finnish has a reputation as an incredibly difficult language to learn, but is that really true? In this post, Jared Gimbel tackles that question and more as he gives us a […]

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92 Basic German Phrases To Survive Your First Conversation With A Native Speaker

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Have you always wanted to learn German? Or are you planning a trip to a German-speaking country? In order to get started and have your first basic conversations in German, you’re going to need to learn some words! In this post, you’ll learn about 92 basic German phrases and words that can help you have […]

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8 Scientifically Proven Ways To Improve Your Memory For Foreign Languages

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To learn any language successfully you need to learn a lot of new vocabulary. But all too often, it can feel like all those new words just go in one ear and out the other. So what can you do to ensure you remember more of the new vocabulary you encounter? Today, I’m delighted to […]

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外国語の単語の覚え方 – パート1

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この3パート・シリーズでは、外国語の語彙をどうやって覚えて、後で忘れないようにするにはどうすればいいかを述べます。 語彙を必要な時に増やせると、新しい言葉を話すのがとても簡単になり、ずっと楽しくもなります。 このシリーズではA.R.T. テクニックについて学び、それを自分の外国語学習でどのように使えばいいかを学びます。これで新しい単語を学ぶための簡単で信頼できるシステムが身につくのです。 また、何歳であっても、どんな才能を持って生まれてきたとしても、記憶力を向上させるためにシャーロック・ホームズや(映画ベスト・キッドの)ミヤギ、ジャズの演奏家から学べることがあるとわかります。 興味が湧いてきましたか? そうだといいのですが。これは楽しめると思います。 では、本題に入りましょう。 注記:今回は3つの記事に渡る長いシリーズです。もし時間がなくて今すぐ読めない場合は、僕のメール・ベースの無料コースに登録して記憶力を向上させるというのはいかがでしょう?

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6 Steps To Listen Your Way To A Better Accent In Any Language

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Accent is one of the most difficult skills to master as a language learner. Even if you can pronounce most words correctly in your target language, it’s still not easy to sound natural or ‘native-like’ when you speak. But there is something you can do to change that … listen. In this guest post from […]

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89 Advanced Spanish Phrases That Will Get You Confused For A Native Speaker

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Vocabulary is the cornerstone to learning a language, and becoming advanced in Spanish requires you to learn vocabulary and phrases that you won’t find in your beginner’s textbook! It’s possible to get by in a language without any grammar (even if you sound like Tarzan!) but not without any vocabulary, which is probably why phrasebooks […]

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Stephen Krashen on Language Learning in the Polyglot Community

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Stephen Krashen is a linguistics professor at the University of California who has written extensively on second-language acquisition. His work is very highly regarded and it’s used in linguistics classes all over the world. If you’ve ever studied linguistics, you’ve probably come across some of his articles or books! I spent a lot of time […]

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The Complete Guide To French Pronunciation: Lose Your Accent & Pronounce French Words Like A Native

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French pronunciation can seem pretty intimidating. The sounds are tricky, and letters that look familiar from English can sound entirely different. While French is definitely very different from English, it’s not that much harder. Although all those silent letters can seem confusing at first, once you learn the rules and patterns, you’ll realise that French […]

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¡Che Boludo! A Brief Introduction to Argentine Spanish

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Ever dreamed of a trip to Argentina? I lived in Argentina for 6 months back in 2005, so I know from experience that it has a lot to offer any visitor! But the way people speak Spanish in Argentina is a bit different from how it’s spoken in other countries. Today, I’m delighted to feature […]

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会話例の攻略法

Attacking language dialogues

会話。語学テキストやウェブサイト、ポッドキャストなどすべての基礎となるものです。どんな教材を使って外国語を勉強していても、その教材は会話例を中心にして構成されていることが多いでしょう。 会話とは、複数の人やグループの間の対話で、とくに特定の物事について調べたり、何らかの問題を解決したりする方向に向かうものをいう。

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