Welcome to the learning centre. Here, you'll discover everything you'll
ever need to know about how to learn a new language.
The page is organised into categories, and the "Big Questions" within
those categories. Browse the topics below, or select a language for
specific resources on the language you're learning.
On this page you’ll find my most popular, controversial and oddball (not necessarily in that order) views on how to learn a new language quickly.
Everything here is born out of my (admittedly unusual) 15+ years’ experience of learning languages, teaching languages, and even training teachers to teach languages!
These articles and videos will help you get to grips with some of the big language learning questions, so you can become a more confident and effective student of the language you care about.
For resources related to the specific language you’re learning, choose from the list below.
For other languages, use the "search" function on the blog page.
Otherwise, get stuck in…
Here are the BIG questions I find myself answering about how to learn a new language. Chances are you’ve asked yourself all these questions at some point.
There’s a lot of misunderstanding on many of these topics, so I recommend you read through each of these articles.
Find out about me, and how I personally learn languages. My ideas on how to learn a new language have evolved a lot over the years and continue to do so.
I’ve also made every language learning mistake under the sun. So you’ll get to have a chuckle at my expense here!
I try to document my language learning experiments in videos and blog posts. I do this to keep myself motivated and accountable, but also so you can benefit from my experiences.
I don’t always travel to learn languages. However, for these projects, most videos are filmed on location around the world.
Learning a new language involves building competence in the four major skills. The articles will show you how to do this.
When I learn a new language, I tend to use the same “core” study techniques over and over again, every single day… because they’re so damn effective!
Last year, I decided to sit down and film these techniques one-by-one, so you can steal them and use them in your own learning.
Here’s every post in the series, labelled with either the name or the purpose of the technique.
This section focuses on efficiency in your language learning - making better use of your study time and energy.
This section takes a deep-dive into working with teachers and language partners. You’ll also find a critical look at the merits of takes classes vs language exchanges vs independent learning.
Here are some of my popular interviews with giants of the language industry.
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