Sometime last year I made a review video about the Michel Thomas Method and my experience using their products. . My review was favorable, but also dispelled some of the hype surrounding Michel Thomas courses by overly enthusiastic fans. It`s great but it just gives you a basic introduction, was my main point. Continue reading
Greetings, dear Langfocus readers and random arrivals from Google search! Long time no post! I have been so focused on the Langfocus Youtube channel and improving my video production skills that I have neglected to post here for the past several months. But it`s time I change that, and try to increase the activity on this blog and website.
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Lots of people out there flirt with the idea of learning a new language, but are wary of a long-term investment of time and effort, so they want to find out what the easiest language to learn for English speakers is. Or maybe they`re just curious. In any case, what makes a language easier to learn is (a) its simplicity, and (b) its similarity to your native language, or other languages you`ve already learned. So, what languages are both fairly simple yet also closely related to English? Continue reading
One of the great language-learning debates that never seems to go away is the question of how well you have to know a language before you can claim to be “fluent”. Everybody wants to be “fluent” in the language they`re studying; language courses promise to make you “fluent” in the blink of an eye; and after you`ve been studying a language for a few weeks all your monolingual friends start asking “Are you fluent yet?” And then there are Continue reading
Here I am at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport on my way home from a 2 week sojourn in Philippines (or Pilipinas as thy call it here). Before departing for this trip I had studied Tagalog for about a month, and as usual learning the basics of the language made for a richer, more heart-warming stay because I could have more rapport with the locals and connect with them on a deeper level. Continue reading