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Avoiding Stagnation in Language Learning

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 […]

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Writing Sentences in a Foreign Language

I’ve just completed Day 12 of my learning Mandarin Chinese project. I felt that rather than talk about my method in just that post, I’d write this article to give a general overview of best practice when learning about writing sentences in a foreign language. Writing Sentences in a Foreign Language: 1. Keep it simple. […]

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Building Sentences in Mandarin: Project Day 11

Since yesterday, I’ve decided to use Colloquial Chinese, which I have to hand. Like yesterday’s post, it has issues with not including the characters for regular chapters, but rather than spending more time looking for a book which does, I’m going to plow ahead with building sentences in Mandarin. The following is an article about […]

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Mandarin Learning Challenge Day 9

Day 9 of the Mandarin Learning Challenge was quite a straightforward day. I learned another 32 characters, and my ability to retain the characters from yesterday was one hundred percent. Ultimately, this is great for my Mandarin Learning Challenge, but not so great for doing daily Mandarin Learning Challenge blog updates. It’s quite redundant to […]

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Learning a Third Language is Easier

Learning a third language is something a lot of people need to do. There’s also conflicting advice as to whether it’s easier or more difficult to learn a  third language than a second. Luckily, the answer is that it’s easier to learn a third language than a second. Neurologically speaking, the more language learning you […]

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Teach English as a Foreign Language: It’ll Help

  The single most beneficial aside in becoming proficient at learning languages is to learn to teach them. Assuming you are a Native English speaker, probably the easiest way to get involved in language learning is to Teach English as a Foreign Language. There are numerous benefits to this approach, which we’ll detail in the […]

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Should I Have Marathon Learning Sessions?

Are marathon learning sessions, or cramming sessions, bad? Common wisdom dictates that you should do a little bit of learning every day, which is not bad advice. It also tends to say that you should avoid marathon learning sessions, and that doing an hours’ worth of work a day is better than doing several marathon […]

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Introvert vs Extrovert Language Learning

Introvert vs Extrovert Language Learning is the third part in our series about the strengths and weaknesses for both personality types in learning. For a full set of tips on each type, go to Language Learning for Introverts or Language Learning for Extroverts. The following article is a comparison. We’ve stated that a great way […]

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