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What is the Easiest Language to Learn for English Speakers?

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

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

Aqua Landia Resort, Dauin, Negros Oriental, Philippines

2 Weeks In Philippines – Experiences With Tagalog

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

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

Pimsleur French CDs

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