So I just started watching Ocho Apellidos Catalanes and I’m immediately running into words and phrases I don’t know. I’ve been learning Spanish for something like 9 years now. “What, don’t you speak Spanish yet?” No one ever really... Read more
This is a simple technique I developed on my own as part of the Telenovela Method years ago and I’ve just never gotten around to writing about it because it never occurred to me how much trouble most people have learning to pronounce certain parts of foreign... Read more
Ask a local. No, not for a language exchange. Ask a local for a place to post a request for one. You want a bulletin-board/classifieds type setup run by either the city or a local university. In particular, look for where local university students (and just people... Read more
Who am I interested in? Which culture, which people do I want to learn about? That’s it, simple, done. Yes, there are exceptions, people for whom it’s not that simple – I’ll get to that below – but that’s what they are: exceptions.... Read more
Anki vs Memrise As many of you know – and many of you are as well – I’m a big fan of Anki. People have bugged me about Memrise for years now and, although I’ve used it a fair bit, I’d never gotten around to writing a proper review of it,... Read more
The tool in question is ReadLang, it works with any website in a variety of languages, and makes the process of learning new words from online text much easier than it was before, saving you massive amounts of time and effort. You click the word you don’t know,... Read more
Ok, so I’ve been here two weeks now, I’ve done nearly ten face-to-face language exchanges so far (all with native speakers), I’ve interacted with other natives quite a bit (buying groceries, ordering food, etc.), and I’ve got some insight I... Read more
This is a repost from my German blog here, I’m posting all articles about the iTalki 2015 Language Challenge on both blogs. As I’m fond of saying: You learn to speak a language by trying to speak it, poorly at first. What this means is that you learn by... Read more
I’ve been meaning to move onto a new language at some point for about a year or so here despite my Spanish not being perfect (it’s actually waned a bit since I’ve been so busy, but I’m back into it now) and I really thought it was going to be... Read more
I used to have a post here about various chat rooms you could use to practice not just Spanish but other languages as well, however all of those are now defunct and I didn’t want to just leave the post up directing people to a bunch of sites that didn’t... Read more
Right now I’m going to teach you not only how to effectively memorize vocabulary using a combination of visual mnemonic techniques and spaced repetition, but much more importantly: how to learn foreign language vocabulary, that is how to take that step from... Read more
Brilliant. Long overdue. People have been asking for this, wanting this (even if they couldn’t exactly describe what it was they wanted), for years now. That’s how I would describe HiNative. It’s very simple: you have questions, native speakers... Read more
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