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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Searching for the perfect language materials

The Trap of Searching For the Perfect Language Materials

People who love learning languages commonly suffer from a certain problem: they are distractable. Not necessarily distractable in the sense that they stop to check Facebook every 2 minutes, but distractable in the sense that they are visionary. They have lots of ideas and lots of things they want to try. Sometimes this results in them bouncing from one language to Continue reading

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Pimsleur Review: Awesome Course With Ripoff Price

I`m quite familar with Pimsleur audio courses, and feel well-qualified to share my opinion on them. In a nutshell: they`re mostly great but they cost an arm and a leg . Almost literally. Well, not really. But they cost a lot. If you buy the CD version, it costs about $350 per level. A typical course for major languages has 3 levels (some have 4 or 5), so you can easily spend over $1000. These days they have downloadable mp3s which can save you over half the purchase price, but it`s still a lot. Continue reading

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Anki SRS and How It Can Help You Learn a Language

What is Anki?

Anki means “memorization” or “learning by heart” in Japanese. Once you understand that word, then you have a hint about what Anki is:  it is a study application that helps you remember things, using digital flashcards. You can use Anki to study for your geography Continue reading

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Tagalog 12 Days In – Some Interesting Discoveries!

It`s always fascinating and exciting when I first start studying a new language, because that`s when I discover so many of the language`s unique peculiarities, as well as its similarities with other languages. You get an introduction into the personality of the language and culture.

It`s been about 12 days since I began studying Tagalog, and while I`m still a beginner I`m at the point where I can make Continue reading

Mnemonics for foreign language vocabulary

Simple Mnemonics For Learning Vocabulary: The Keyword Method

When I`m taking attendance on the first day of a new semester, I always take a moment to think aloud about each student`s name. For example, if the student`s name is Shingo (which sounds like the word for “traffic light” in Japanese) I might look at Shingo and explain to the class that I`m imagining Shingo ignoring a red traffic light and walking out into the street, with angry drivers yelling “Hey, look at the shingo!” Then I explain that I`m going to

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