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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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Can you learn two languages at the same time?

If you are a language enthusiast like me, then there are probably a dozen different languages that you would like to study at any given time. The world is so linguistically rich and diverse that there is always something new and interesting to discover. If you`re studying Spanish, then maybe Catalan catches your interest because you want to see how similar they are. Continue reading

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Restarting a Language After Taking Time Off? Impossible!

So after studying long and hard to make progress in your favorite foreign language, you dropped the ball and stopped studying for a few weeks, months, or years? GIVE UP NOW, THERE IS NO HOPE OF RECOVERY! You will be forever linguistically neutered.

Well, at least that`s how most of us feel after slacking on our studies for a while. The truth, though,  is that you can restart your language study fairly easily. Continue reading

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Is Language Dabbling a Waste of Time?

Sa oled ilus! That`s the one phrase I know in the Estonian language, meaning “You`re beautiful”. From what I`ve been told, that phrase is highly relevant and useful for men visiting the Baltic nation. 🙂 But I literally don`t know another single word of Estonian. Like most language enthusiasts I spend some of my time dabbling with languages of interest, and some of my time going to war with the main languages I want to conquer.

Is dabbling a waste of time? Should you feel guilty about it? Well that depends.

Pick any given language, and there will be people dabbling in it for the following reasons (among others): Continue reading