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Learning A Foreign Language – 3 Mistakes To Avoid

by Tom Beattie Knowing a foreign language is useful and learning it can fun. I recall watching the comedy Mind Your Language when I was a kid and the class looked rather fun albeit chaotic at times. I remember learning … Continue reading

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3 Key Aspects of Learning a Foreign Language

Learning Swedish recently moved to the top of my language “to do” list. We’ll be spending some time in Stockholm in the fall and that’s excellent motivation for me. Besides, I’ve always loved the sound of Swedish, in the Bergman … Continue reading

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The Language Learning Formula – 10 Principles

 by sgendreau Hello dear readers! Today I’ve put together 10 short principles that I use as a guide to help me learn languages effectively. It’s a short and easy read, and I think the advice given here can be of … Continue reading

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Becoming ‘Asia Literate’: Learn Chinese, but Don’t Stop There

By SUE-LIN WONG Theodore Kaye for The New York Times College and high school students in Kazakhstan learning Chinese. BEIJING — While studying abroad at Peking University in Beijing, Andrew Stead didn’t expect to find a job at Burton, one … Continue reading

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6 Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language (and Help Your Brain)

English has been called the lingua franca of today’s world. “Hi,” “bye” and “thank you” are known around the world and English is part of the curriculum for young students. In France, a debate is underway about teaching courses in French universities … Continue reading

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The SECRET to Successfully Learning a Foreign Language

Today I will divulge, exclusively to you, my dear readers, what I consider to be the best-kept secret of polyglots and incredibly successful language learners to learning a foreign language successfully. I hope this will clear some things up for … Continue reading

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Let the wine flow and you’ll soon be fluent

After years of teaching in China, our reader got language learning down to a fine art. ‘In vino veritas’: tackling a foreign language is so much easier when chilled… Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images I wouldn’t try this secret at the library. … Continue reading

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Imitation is the key to learning languages

Did you know that if you mimic someone’s accent, you’ll be able to better understand what they say? As playwright George Bernhard Shaw once said: “Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery – it’s the sincerest form of  … Continue reading

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TEDx Talks to make learning a new language easy

Everybody’s done it. You wake up one morning and decide, “I’m going to learn a new language.” But, as daunting as it may seem, learning a new language isn’t the herculean feat it’s cracked up to be. Language learning isn’t … Continue reading

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5 Language Learning Myths Busted

  Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Well I’m sure that myth has been broken over and over. The same goes for learning languages. Here are 5 language learning myth busters! You Can’t Learn a Language … Continue reading

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5 Incredible Ideas for learning Spanish

Are you thinking of Spanish as a second language and keep postponing the idea day after day? You are not alone! Because so many people who genuinely love the idea but don’t know where to start. Some of them are … Continue reading

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What’s the best way to teach languages?

How do students best pick up languages? Martin Williams talks to academics, teachers and multi-lingual speakers to find out about the science of learning a language I love you in 311 languages: how can teachers help their students learn languages … Continue reading

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My best languages lesson: putting Spanish into practice with online books

Knowing that creative lessons are the ones that stick, José Picardo gets his Spanish class to write and produce their own virtual stories My best languages lesson: Harry and Mukul are really proud of the online Spanish book they created … Continue reading

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Mistakes in learning foreign language

Admittedly, learning a foreign language is not easy. There is a myth that intelligent people better while learning the language. Indeed, the ability of language learning is influenced by daily habits formed through discipline and self-awareness. Yet learning a foreign … Continue reading

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Thinking in a Foreign Language: How to Do It and Why

By Sam Gendreau Thinking in a foreign language is an important step in the long road that is fluency in a foreign language, but it’s a step that, for some reason, many language learners tend to ignore. Thinking in the … Continue reading

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How to teach … languages creatively

The Guardian Teacher Network has plenty of resources to help you inject some passion into your language lessons Emily Drabble The Guardian The Eiffel Tower, Paris: inject some passion into your language lessons. Photograph: Eurostar With languages becoming compulsory in … Continue reading

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Stephen Krashen on Language Acquisition

An interesting video on language acquisition.

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What Can Foreign Language Learners Teach Writers?

This guest post is by Write Practice Regular Afshin Mohammadi. Afshin is a writer and foreign language teacher in Iran. You can follow Afshin on Google+. I recently presented a paper on how creative writing exercises appear to be useful … Continue reading

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Learn Chinese Promptly

Image Credits: Flickr There have been recent debates on the best and easiest ways that people can use in order to learn foreign languages quickly. This is due to globalization and the need to work in a foreign land far … Continue reading

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Learning Chinese is Fun

There’s no question about it, Chinese is a difficult language to learn. And you are right to tell yourself that you can get by in China without any Chinese. But before you take the easy way out, take a moment … Continue reading

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10 Free Foreign Language Learning Resources

  Start Learning A Foreign Language Today. Looking for a way to boost your brain power? Why not learn a foreign language? Here’s a few from great suggestions courtesy of inkwellscholars.org. Research from the National Education Association shows that speaking … Continue reading

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Benefits of Learning Spanish as Second Language

by Vladimir Bestic For millions of people, Spanish is their mother language, and millions more speak Spanish as a second language. Apart from the fact that this romance language is fun to learn, there are many benefits associated with learning … Continue reading

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ShaoLan: Learn to read Chinese … with ease!

For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the … Continue reading

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A strategy for language learning

lingosteve has some interesting videos on language learning

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Good things that come from studying a foreign language

Hey guys! This week we have a guest post from Billy, hailing from www.gobillykorean.com. Billy initially caught my attention with his professional-looking, entertaining, and instructive YouTube videos on how to learn Korean. Billy speaks Korean fluently, a language he started … Continue reading

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