3 Hidden Links Between Music And Language Learning

When I tell people I did a music degree, most people assume there is a link between music and language learning. The predictable response: “Being a musician must really help with learning languages!” For a long time, I never really thought about this. But then it occurred to me… I’ve been a musician all my life and […]

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7 Reasons You’re NOT Too Old to Learn a Language

Today we have great guest post that discussed that common fear… “I’m too old to learn a language!” It comes from Julie Peterson, who writes on study skills over at askpetersen.com Now, I realise that age and language learning is a controversial topic, so I look forward to reading your comments at the end of the […]

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Yoga For Language Learning: Stretching Your Mind and Body

Practising yoga and learning foreign languages have more in common than you might imagine. The results of practising yoga and languages are similar – they are both great for your mind and body. In this article, I would like to share my experience and hopefully help you with incorporating yoga practice into your language study. Of […]

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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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IWTYAL 100: Language learners around the world reveal their best tips!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/iwillteachyoualanguage/IWTYAL_Pod_100.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis is episode 100 of the podcast! In this episode we hear from you – the listeners. In this episode: I asked you to tell me the single biggest lesson about language learning you’ve learnt from listening to 100 episodes of the podcast. I […]

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Why Learning A Language Is The Ultimate Career Development Hack

It’s well-documented that learning a foreign language is great for career development: You can expect a 2% higher salary than the average Your second language could be worth an extra $70,000 in your retirement account So it’s clear … if you want to develop good skills for a job, learn a new language. But let’s dig a little […]

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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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9 Surprising Health Benefits Of Learning A Foreign Language

How would you like a bigger brain? Or a better memory? Well, it might be easier than you think! You already know that learning a foreign language can put you ahead in your career. But there’s a growing body of evidence that the health benefits of learning a foreign language may be significant as well. […]

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16 language learning problems I struggle with every day

As a language blogger and podcaster, people often assume I have all the answers. But nothing could be further from the truth! I struggle with a whole host of language learning problems on a daily basis that I wish I could get better at. Here are some of them.

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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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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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What I wish I knew about language learning 10 years ago

When I was 20, I thought that the passing of time didn’t apply to me. I didn’t really think I’d get old. The future was hypothetical. As it turns out, I was wrong. Quite a few years have insisted on passing in spite of my protests. One of the things I now know is that […]

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Unstoppable

Right now, I’m feeling unstoppable. Right now, I feel like I can take over the world. Right now, I’m riding on a wave of passion, drive and hunger to study that I feel like I can harness to achieve anything. With your permission, I’d like to tell you why. 3 weeks of nothingness Only last week I wrote […]

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Polyglot Gathering Report Days 3 & 4

Welcome to a summary of three fantastic talks that I attended on the last two days of the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin. As with my summaries of days one and two, these are notes on the main points from the talks. I’ve written them in the first person, as I think it’s more entertaining that way, but […]

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