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

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 […]

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Stephen Krashen on Language Learning in the Polyglot Community

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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How To Do Language Immersion The Right Way: Strategies For Expats

Today I’m delighted to feature a guest post from Alicia about creating a language immersion environment for yourself. You’ll learn about: Why it’s important to language proof your surroundings Different ways you can create your own immersion environment The role culture and tradition plays in your learning Here’s Alicia… Learning a new language is an […]

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Learning How to Learn: Mastering the Science of Learning with Barbara Oakley

Dr Barbara Oakley is a lifelong learning enthusiast with a colourful past. After struggling with mathematics and science at school, she joined the army, so she could get paid to learn another language. She studied Russian for years, even working on Soviet trawlers in the Bearing Sea for months at a time. Later, she shrugged […]

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Michel Thomas Publisher Reveals How She Changed The Face Of Language Learning

http://traffic.libsyn.com/iwillteachyoualanguage/IWTYAL_Pod_199.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Michel Thomas is one of the best-known language teachers of all time. His language courses are supremely popular, and his teaching method has a “magic” to it that seems to make language learning easy for many people. But, he was a highly […]

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How The World’s Top Polyglots Learn Languages: What Do Their Methods Have In Common?

What do the language learning methods used by the world’s top polyglots all have in common? Today, I’m delighted to feature a guest post that answers that very question! You’ll learn about:  The methods used by some of the world’s top polyglots to learn multiple foreign languages The core principles behind each of these methods The key […]

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Language Learning & Coffee: How To Use “Productivity Anchors” To Upgrade Your Language Study

It’s been some time since we’ve had a really good look at productivity on the blog, so today I’m delighted to feature this guest post from Quincy Smith.  What is a “Productivity Anchor”?  How can this help you become a better language learning? And what on Earth does coffee have to do with it? (Hint: It’s […]

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Maintaining A Foreign Language: 7 Creative Ways To Keep Your Dream Alive

After all the blood, sweat and tears it takes to learn a foreign language… The one thing you really want to avoid is… Forgetting it! “Imagine if I lost this language, after all those years spent learning it!” Well, fear not! Maintaining a foreign language is far more fun than learning it, and in this […]

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How To Learn A New Skill Quickly With Jonathan Levi

If you could learn a new skill this year, what would it be? How about if you could increase your reading speed – which books would be at the top of your list? And how would improving your memory impact on your life? These are just some of the questions I discuss with Jonathan Levi from the […]

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Why Authenticity is the Missing Link in Language Learning

In the following guest post, Lukas Van Vyve of The Polyglot Life discusses the importance of being authentic in your language learning. Do you dream of effortless conversations with locals during your travels and being able to say everything you want? Or maybe of speaking without making a single mistake? Perhaps what you want is perfect fluency? […]

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Core Study Sequences: Learning & Memorising Songs

This is Part 8 in a series of articles in which I show you exactly how I’m learning foreign languages every day, and today is about transcribing audio. In these articles I talk about how I’m using my Core Study Time – a 30-45 minute period at the start of every day which I set […]

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Core Study Sequences: Reverse Translation

This is Part 7 in a series of articles in which I show you exactly how I’m learning foreign languages every day, and today is about transcribing audio. In these articles I talk about how I’m using my Core Study Time – a 30-45 minute period at the start of every day which I set […]

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Endangered Languages: Tips for Learning & Using the World’s Minority Languages

It’s easy to say how every language-learning journey starts. You may hear a friend say it. It may come to mind while daydreaming – namely, “Gosh, wouldn’t it be nice to know (insert language of your dreams here)?” Sadly, while a lot of very successful language journeys do start this way, many of them don’t […]

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5 Tips To Roll Your Rs In Spanish, Italian… Or Any Other Language!

Learning how to roll your Rs is one of those language learning ordeals that can really make you feel stupid! Whether you’re learning Spanish, Italian, or any other language that uses this sound, chances are you’ve struggled to roll your Rs naturally. Like me, you probably spent hours twisting your mouth into weird shapes, desperately […]

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6 Destructive Language Learning Excuses… And How To Beat Them!

One of my favourite truisms is as follows… “The quality of your questions determine the quality of your answers.” To put it another way, if you’re looking for ways to become a better language learner, the solutions you find will depend on the questions you ask… Or the stories you tell yourself.  So, what stories do […]

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