Archive for August, 2017

The Best Language Learning Advice Isn’t Necessarily Language Learning Advice Posted by on Aug 28, 2017

We’re known for spouting off language learning advice on this blog, so you’re probably wondering what we mean by that title. Just hear us out. Researching how languages can be learned most efficiently and effectively is our wheelhouse. It’s why U.S. Government agencies rely on us to train employees whose jobs require language skills; it’s…

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Portuguese ≠ Russian? Posted by on Aug 23, 2017

Does Portuguese sound like Russian, or the other way around? To be fair, this comic comes from a guest writer – I myself don’t speak much Spanish, and I don’t speak any Portuguese or Russian. But I’ve traveled a few (wonderful) times to Portugal, and I’ve always noticed that the language has a lot of…

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Language Learning: Then and Now Posted by on Aug 21, 2017

Language learning didn’t used to be so luxurious. Once upon a time, before there was a global network of computers talking to each other, there was only one way to learn a language: immersion. Sure, you could study languages in a university classroom or pay an expensive tutor to patiently take you through years of…

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Give Your Language Learning a Push with Daily Refresher Notifications Posted by on Aug 16, 2017

We’ve talked a lot lately about how to learn a language faster and more efficiently. The new Daily Refresher push notification applies what we’ve learned to improve your language learning experience. We’ve discussed how consistency is king. Learning in short bursts every day is more effective than cramming for a few hours every once in a…

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The Words That Aren’t Being Said Posted by on Aug 14, 2017

So much of language learning is in between the words. In Italy, they say “mm-mm” (starting high and ending low) to mean “yes.” In English of course we say “mm-mm” with the same intonation to mean “no.” This is the kind of small thing you wouldn’t notice on your first trip to Italy, but let…

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When Learning a Language, Don’t Take the Path of Least Resistance Posted by on Aug 9, 2017

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“Welcome to the human condition. We tend to do that which is easiest, often to the neglect of that which is best.” –Thomas Oppong The path of least resistance may be shorter, or simpler, or more fun. For the casual learning picking up a few phrases for a vacation, that’s probably good enough. But when…

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Language Learning Culture Shock Posted by on Aug 7, 2017

Can you get culture shock when learning new languages? Since moving to Germany six years ago, I’ve been back to the USA a number of times. Sometimes I’m visiting family, sometimes I’m going to a friend’s wedding, sometimes I just want to return to my home town and eat at my favorite local restaurant, the…

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