post

Vocabulary! No, Grammar! The Great Language Debate!

Only an debate like this one could pull me out of my book-writing cave to post my two cents! Actually, I’ve been meaning to write this one for awhile now as I continue to see both sides dive into mortal combat with each other over this very topic. Well, buckle up. This is my personal take on the Vocabulary vs. Grammar controversy.
Read More

post

Why Language Isn’t Math. How Language Learning is Different.

Math, History, Science, Language. Which of these don’t belong? All four are universally recognized as core subjects of education at virtually any level. To answer the question, Language does not belong on this list. Now, before anyone launches off angry emails or tweets, I want to make it known that I am NOT advocating against Language education. I AM advocating for a different approach. Intrigued? Read on…
Read More

post

Crafting The Perfect Language Lesson For You

When it comes to learning a language, I think we can all agree that one size does NOT fit all. People learn languages for so many different reasons: To travel to the Country, to talk to a friend or co-worker in their native language, to learn more about the culture, as a personal challenge, intellectual curiosity, the list is almost limitless. How do language courses adapt to fit so many different needs? Spoiler alert : They don’t. Read More

Raising the Dead- Reviving a Once Fluent Language

zomHey there! Long time no see. My previous health issues did not vanish as quickly and as thoroughly as I had hoped they would, so I’ve been unfortunately neglecting my duties as a language blogger. For that I apologize and hope (sincerely) that we can let bygones be bygones and continue our journey together down the ever challenging (but also ever rewarding) path of language learning bliss. In other words, I’ve been sick (really sick) and haven’t been able to update this blog in awhile, but I’m getting better and hope to keep this up on a regular basis again.

tldr; I was sick, I’m back.
Read More

Getting The Most From Your Language Exchange

exchangeAre you using online language exchanges to practice speaking in your target language? If so, are you taking full advantage of this amazing learning tool? In this post, I’ve got some advice for getting the most out of your online language exchange. I’ll also compare and contrast a language exchange with an online tutoring session to help you decide which is right for you.
Read More

How To Think In Your Target Language – Part 2

Thinking_headThis is part 2 of a 2 part series. Part 1 can be found here.

What Can I Do To Start Thinking in My Target Language?

You can start using these exercises really at any time. They are probably most beneficial at the A2 level, but even an A1 should see some benefits. Keeping in mind that this is a marathon not a sprint, here are my recommendations for learning to think in your target language:

Read More

Double Your Language Learning With A Study Plan

Whats-the-plan
Do you have a plan when you sit down to study your language(s)? Do you know how long you are going to focus on one textbook, video, or CD before moving on the next topic? Do you know what comes next? If not, this post is for you. I have found that an effective study plan combined with some decent time management skills can accelerate you language learning drastically. I’m going to show you some techniques for creating an efficient study plan as well as a few good time management tips that will improve your language learning right away.

Read More