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A World of Words: the 2014 Words of the Year Posted by on Dec 31, 2014

As we wrap up 2014 and march boldly forward into 2015 (hopefully armed with lofty new language learning goals!), we are bombarded with a barrage of year-end lists and rankings. While I don’t quite care about the top 10 selfies of 2014, I do find one of the year-end campaigns quite interesting: the words of…

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Setting a New Year’s Resolution to Learn a Language? Get Out of Your Own Way Posted by on Dec 29, 2014

As always, with the start of another year comes another opportunity to set a New Year’s Resolution. In theory, New Year’s Resolutions are big, ultra-goals that you set in January in anticipation of being a better, completely changed person come December. In practice, NYRs are poorly planned pipe-dreams that you set in January and forget…

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How to Learn a Language When You Don’t Like Learning Languages Posted by on Dec 24, 2014

For some people, the process of learning a language is just as exciting as being able to speak it. They enjoy researching word origins, discovering conjugation patterns, comparing vocabulary and expressions from one language to the next, and meticulously perfecting their pronunciation. Then, you have the rest of us who just want to put the…

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10 Daily Struggles of Learning a Third Language and Beyond Posted by on Dec 22, 2014

Guest Post by Jakob Gibbons On my blog Globalect, I share thoughts and stories about language, travel, and the many places where the two intersect. Lately my focus has been on language learning, as I’m working on my third language (Spanish) while getting ready for my upcoming backpacking trip through Latin America. I learned my…

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Entering the Grammar Cave Posted by on Dec 17, 2014

Itchy Feet: A Travel and Language Comic by Malachi Ray Rempen

“Grammar Cave: Curse of the Syntax” should be an Itchy Feet-themed text-based adventure video game, don’t you think? Old timey graphics, midi music…the many sequels, including “Grammar Cave III: The Conjunction Malfunction,” and “Grammar Cave VI: Detective Dative Makes the Case”… Anyway, what were we talking about? Right, grammar. While speaking, grammar can be a…

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