7 Ways to Embrace Mistakes When Speaking a Foreign Language

Today I’m delighted to feature a guest post that discusses how you can embrace mistakes and start speaking the language you’re learning. If you struggle to find the confidence to speak, this article is for you. You’ll learn about: Why mistakes are a normal part of learning a language 7 steps you can take to […]

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The Worst Language Exchange Ever (And What I Learnt From It)

A few days ago, here in Hong Kong, I had the worst language exchange of my life. By all accounts, it was terrible. I walked out at the end feeling thoroughly depressed… an unfortunate mood that took me a couple of days to snap out of. But it wasn’t the fact I wasted half my […]

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Connectors: Never Feel Stuck In A Language Again

It’s an uncomfortable feeling… Speaking another language, but feeling like a robot. You know – when your speaking sounds like a textbook? Or when you’re searching desperately for words, while your speaking partner waits patiently across from you. That’s why I was really happy to publish this guest post by Anthony from Spanish Hackers. Connectors. What […]

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12 Steps to Finding Your Perfect Language Teacher Online

Do you wish you had more opportunities to speak in the language you’re leaning? What would it mean for your fluency if you could simply speak more often? Well, whatever language you’re learning and wherever you live, it might surprise you to know that there is a small army of native speakers out there literally […]

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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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13 Ways To Beat Your Fear And Start Speaking A Foreign Language

Speaking in a foreign language for me, is everything. Speaking and communicating with people from other countries and different cultures is what got me into learning all my languages in the first place. First, it was so I could chat to that lovely Italian girl in the café where I worked in London. Second, it was […]

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Making Language Exchanges Work For YOU!

You do language exchanges because you want to practise the language. Instead, the other person just ends up talking at you in English. You’re frustrated. It’s awkward to ask them to shut up. Do that and you kill the conversation! After all, they’re much better in English than you are in your new language so you […]

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Interacting with native speakers

It’s probably fair to say that speaking effortlessly with native speakers is the holy grail for most language learners. Who doesn’t want to saunter down a leafy avenue in Buenos Aires, stop off for a quick drink in a local bar and shoot the breeze with the locals? Here are some things to remember about […]

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Speaking boost for beginners

In the early stages of learning a language it makes sense to use your energies on things that have a high surrender value – language that will be genuinely useful and that you’ll be able to use over and over again. I’d love to banish the term “self-introduction” to the language learning graveyard because it […]

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How Can I Improve My Accent?

In this post I’m going to discuss one of the most misunderstood parts of language learning: accent, and what you can do to improve it. I’m not going to go into much detail about pronunciation and what it is – there are plenty of books that deal with that in exhaustive detail! Instead, we’re going […]

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The Psychology of Speaking Another Language

I’m going to make a confession – I’ve always been really shy about speaking to strangers in another language. This is a reflective post about the psychology of why I think that happens, and might be learnt from that. Confidence – food for the wise man or liquor for the fool? There’s a certain psychological […]

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