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Advanced Language Learning: From Good To Great.

By Language Bug / August 29, 2014

Advanced Language Learning: How to go from good to great. Advanced Language Learning: When do I need this? There comes a point when your language learning materials don’t get you any better. There comes a point when regular, everyday conversation isn’t effective at increasing your knowledge. This is the jump from a B2 level up […]

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Is Learning Two Languages at a Time Possible?

By Language Bug / August 27, 2014

I had a brief exchange with barkerstravels at the fluent in three months forum. In his progress thread, he was debating whether or not to stop learning Mandarin, his current project, and instead focus on Italian. He wants to learn several languages. This article is inspired by my thoughts on the matter. Is Learning Two […]

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Mandarin in Four Weeks: The Project Update

By Language Bug / August 24, 2014

It’s been a few days since I last updated. Luckily, things have been progressing with my Mandarin learning. I’m almost at the one month point in my mission, and I’ve achieved a reasonable amount. I’ll go into that shortly. Firstly, I feel as though I should comment on the amount of time I’m spending on […]

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Mandarin Grammar – Day 24 of the LLP

By Language Bug / August 20, 2014

Why Chinese Grammar is Simple (Day 24) Many people say about Chinese (Mandarin) being difficult. There are a lot of difficult aspects to Mandarin, but grammar isn’t one of them. Mandarin grammar, I am finding, is logical. I might be wrong, but yesterday’s post saw me deal with asking questions. The day before saw me […]

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Past Progressive Tense: Learn English Grammar

By Language Bug / August 19, 2014

We’re continuing today with our Learn English Grammar series. For a full list of the tenses so far, see the bottom of the post. Today, it’s the turn of the past progressive tense. You might also know it as the past continuous tense. Examples of Past Progressive Tense You were speaking. I was jumping. He […]

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Asking Questions in a Foreign Language

By Language Bug / August 19, 2014

We all need to ask questions. I am currently learning to ask questions in Mandarin. Regardless of what language you are learning, you will need to ask questions in your target language. Asking questions in a foreign language are a great thing to start with when you’re building simple sentences. After all, you can use […]

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Question Words in Mandarin: Day 23

By Language Bug / August 19, 2014

Question Words in Mandarin: How to Ask Questions in Chinese We all need to ask questions. Questions are a fundamental part of life. They’re also good for making us better at the langauge. “What is this?” A simple sentence which increases your vocabulary in one easy phrase. Question Words in Mandarin: The Two Types of […]

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Simple Past Tense – Learn English Grammar

By Language Bug / August 18, 2014

For the first two entries in our English grammar series, click here and here. Today, we’re onto our third article, and we’re moving back in time: The Simple Past Tense. Examples of Simple Past Tense You spoke. I ran. He danced. She swam. They jumped. We laughed. Simple Past Tense: What is it? We use […]

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Mandarin Grammar Part One: Tenses (Day 22)

By Language Bug / August 18, 2014

As stated in yesterday’s post, I am starting to learn Mandarin Grammar. The goal is to make the work more interesting, and to keep it challenging. Grammar also allows you to take what you already know and express yourself a lot more clearly and eloquently. Mandarin Grammar Part One: How Do Tenses Work? The first […]

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Avoiding Stagnation in Language Learning

By Language Bug / August 17, 2014

There are times when learning a language becomes more of a slog than a hobby. Inevitably, there are times when you’d rather sit and watch sport in front of your television. There are even times when we’d all rather tidy up and do the laundry than practice our language. But language learning isn’t all about […]