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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

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