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Is Hebrew a Useful Language to Learn?

The hugely popular language-learning app Duolingo recently launched the beta version of its Hebrew language course, giving millions of people an accessible way to learn the basics of the language. But is Hebrew a useful language to learn?

(Of course there are reasons to learn a language aside from how useful it is, such as a deep interest in a particular country or culture. But some people also need to have a logical reason to devote a lot of time to learning a language.) Continue reading

What language should I learn?

“What Language Should I Learn?”

As the creator of the Langfocus Youtube channel and the owner of this site, I get a lot of messages from language enthusiasts around the world. Some people just want to say hello, some have requests, and others ask questions. One very common question that always surprised me a little is “What language should I learn?” Some of the people are trying to choose their first foreign language, and others are trying to choose their next foreign language. Some of them are dabbling in a few different languages and have trouble choosing one. Continue reading

When do you become fluent in a language?

What Does “Fluency” Mean? When Can You Claim to Be Fluent in a Language?

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

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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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