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Over the years I have created a vast amount of videos and articles where I talk about language learning. Find them here.

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  • People often ask me how I learned 15 languages. I will tell you what works for me; you’ll have to decide if this can work for you. Here are the first four secrets to language learning success…

  • Passive vocabulary is the best measure of our language capability. If we know a lot of words, we can engage broadly with the language, and our speaking ability ...
  • ヘラクレイトスは、同じ川に2度足を踏み入れることはないと言った。 物事が常に変化している。 言語学習でも同じです。そう思わないにしても 改善している. Learn a new ...
  • We may not realize it but we are constantly learning as long as we keep on spending time with our language. We may not feel it always, but we just need look ...
  • So how do we get to good pronunciation in the language? Well, I think there are three elements. One is the attitude towards the pronunciation and I’ll explain that. The second thing is the most important things that we can do that will give us good pronunciation and the third thing is remedial things. If we have what we consider to be poor pronunciation, what can we do?

  • When I learn languages I enjoy the process, even when I'm not sure I'm progressing. People who love fishing enjoy it even when the fish aren't biting.
  • I believe that listening comprehension is an important skill in language learning. That is what you should drive for first of all. If you develop good listening comprehension, the other skills will come, the speaking will come, even your grammar, your accuracy.

  • I enjoy studying languages on my iPad using LingQ. However, I also enjoy books. I like to read on paper. Often, however, these books are a disappointment.
  • 語学学習において非常に重要なのは『語彙力』です。でも一体どうしたら語彙力を効率よく向上できるか…詳しくはビデオで. Learn a new language on LingQ: ...
  • Variety is the spice of life, even in language learning. Sometimes I don't feel like listening. Sometimes I don't feel like reading. At times like that I will sometimes ...
  • Livestream con Steve, acompañada por Shelby del equipo de LingQ! En esta grabación Steve da una presentación sobre su aprendizaje del Arabe, y después, ...
  • I learn languages primarily on LingQ. Here I share some of the things I do, both for vocabulary review, and for studying new difficult content. 0:00 My main ...
  • My name is Olly Richards and I blog at a website called I Will Teach You a Language dot com. That’s where I kind of started this whole journey. Over the years, I have kind of shifted into teaching languages and creating books and courses to teach people. I have an approach that centers around stories. I call this method Story Learning. That’s how I’m kind of branding it these days. So to help people do that, I create books and courses which all have a story of the heart of it. So we’re giving people lots of nice, fun input at a good level, along with different kinds of instruction to help them learn.

  • A lot of this content, as in the case of our mini stories, has a lot of high-frequency verbs. You’re certainly going to come across the high-frequency words and verbs often and, therefore, it’s easier to get to know them. As you listen to this stuff whereas when you started everything was just noise and you think you’ll never learn this language, particularly if it’s written in a different script like the Arabic script, but with time all of a sudden you start to understand things. 

  • Listening is a power language learning activity for many reasons. Listening allows the brain to get used to the language. It is portable and can be combined with ...
  • 英会話はもうやめましょう!興味のない話を興味ないもの同士で話したところで会派は弾みません。興味のある内容で継続すべきです. Learn a new language on LingQ: ...
  • I’m not saying that I’m an expert on anything. I can only share with you my experience of language learning. I want to talk today about how we can make sure that we stay the course. The secret to success in language learning is to stay with it, not to be discouraged, so I kind of looked at some of the things that I’m doing. What is it that maintains my enthusiasm that keeps me going?

  • It's always fun to practice a language we are learning with a native speaker, wherever we may find them. We shouldn't be disappointed, however, if they reply in ...
  • Почему люди учат малые языки - Какие малые языки планируется добавить в LingQ - Какой малый язык хотел бы выучить Стив - Будет ли в LingQ ...
  • Jeanne est française et enseigne l'allemand en ligne. Pour moi, elle est un parfait exemple de personne bilingue. Nous discutons de l'enseignement et de ...
  • I’m driving up here with my wife and we’re listening to a podcast about the Byzantine Empire. So I’m enjoying the drive. I’m enjoying listening to the Byzantine Empire podcast. Why am I listening to a podcast about the Byzantine Empire? Because I’ve been learning Arabic, Persian and Turkish, so I’m kind of exploring that part of the world. I’ve read books now on the history of Persia or of Iran, on the history of Arabic countries prior to Islam, post Islam, the Colonial period and, low and behold, I read a book on the Byzantine Empire, which is something we learned so little about.

  • In learning languages, we discover all the many ways that people from different cultures are the same. During the process of discovering this we can learn a new ...
  • 我用了12种语言打招呼,大家快来康康你们听出来了几种吧。
  • So, I’m very happy to have with me today Gabby of Go Natural English because very often we talk about learning languages other than English, although English, of course, is the language that is the most widely studied in the world. In fact, many of my viewers, I know many of you out there, like to listen to me speak English. You can even import from YouTube. Study it from LingQ if you want. It’s just content for learning English. In fact, first, I’ll let Gabby introduce herself and then I have some questions.

  • I will do a video at the end of each month. My main goal is improved comprehension and vocabulary. But of course we all want to be able to speak. Learn a new ...
  • In order to speak well we need to speak a lot. My major objectives in speaking to a tutor several times a week are 1) motivation and 2) an increased awareness ...
  • ポッドキャストは、語学学習コンテンツの貴重な情報源です。 興味のあるテーマに関するポッドキャストを見つけることがで簡単。 このビデオでは、私がそれをどのように使って ...
  • Today, I want to talk about passive vocabulary. At LingQ, for example, we say a word is known if you can recognize that word in a context. So if I’m working on LingQ, I see a word. I know what it means in the context. I can say I know that word. I can also say I don’t know that word. In other words, I decide if I know that word. But if I understand the word in that context, typically, I will say I know it. It may be that in a subsequent context I don’t know what it means. I may look it up again. I may move it back to Status 3, a word that I’m learning rather than known, but I control that. 

  • Maintaining a positive attitude and continuing to stay on task are key to language learning success. In this video I talk about managing expectations. Learn a ...
  • Livestream with Steve September 28 2020
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  • Charlène et moi discutons de l'apprentissage des langues, parfois des langue très proches l'une à l'autre, comme le français et l'espagnol, et parfois des ...
  • French was the first language where I was able to transform myself into a fluent speaker of another language, other than English. I love listening to French when it is spoken well. I think acquiring good French pronunciation is one of the challenges that French learners face, and so I would like to offer a […]

  • We should never underestimate the power of passive vocabulary. A broad passive vocabulary is the key to increased engagement with a language, more ...
  • Learn English Without Studying Modal Verbs I want to briefly cover modal verbs because very often I get asked the following:   How can I get better, more accurate in my use of modal verbs?   I get other very specific questions related to aspects of English or other languages. Well, my advice is you […]

  • Language learning is fun and rewarding. The classroom doesn't always focus on the fun part. Pablo of Dreaming Spanish does. We can learn out of the ...
  • 英語でモーダル動詞を勉強する必要はありません。 英語でたくさん読めば、聞けば、使えば、英語に慣れるてくる。自然的にmodal verbsにも慣れてくる。 Learn a new ...
  • When we learn languages we have to value the time we are spending. We have to value the moment. We have to learn in the moment. Learn a new language ...
  • I am asked this question regularly from my YouTube and blog viewers. if I would recommend learning two languages at the same time or not. Well, first of all, a person who is learning one language and wants to learn another language or even a third language is something that I fully understand and fully endorse.

  • Internet ha cambiado la forma en que aprendemos idiomas. Nate ayuda a las personas a aprender español e inglés. Él es parte de esta nueva ola.
  • The myth is that there exists a battle in language learning: introverts vs. extroverts, and that extroverts are the better language learners. I do not believe at all that you need to be an extrovert to learn a language. Language learning comes down to the three keys: number one, attitude. You have to be interested in the language. You have to like the language. You have to believe you’re going to achieve your goal.

  • The modal verb, the "would, should, might" etc. type of verb, is a staple of English as a second language instruction. In order to become comfortable using these ...
  • Quando impari l'italiano arricchisci la tua cultura, le tue conoscenze e anche la tua personalità, per sempre. Conversazione con Marta, tutor di italiano online.
  • I go live with more than 100 LingQ members to mark the beginning of the LingQ Language Challenge. Want to make a breakthrough in your target language?
  • Language learning depends mostly on three factors, the attitude of the learner, the time available, and learner’s attentiveness to the language. If we assume a positive attitude on the part of the learner, and a reasonable and growing attentivenes…

  • 5 Reasons to Learn Greek August 25 2020

    There are many reasons to learn a language. Some people learn a language for professional reasons, because they need the language for their job. Some people learn a language because they have a relative or special person who speaks that language. Sometimes, though, we need to take the time to learn a language simply for […]

  • At the age of 55, I decided to learn Cantonese. I had studied Mandarin and could read Chinese characters, but I needed to develop the ability to understand how Chinese characters were pronounced in Cantonese. I went through a period of six months of intensive listening. That was when I discovered the minidisk player. For […]

  •   The first thing about Chinese is that it’s not as difficult as people say. It has certain difficulties. I would say difficulty number one is the characters. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a matter of staying with it and doing it every day; finding a system that works for you. I think […]

  • Ser Vs Estar in Spanish August 4 2020

    Every language has some issues, often grammar issues, that cause learners difficulty. In the case of Spanish, one thing that gives people special trouble is the existence of two forms of the verb “to be”. Both ser and estar translate into English as “to be”. Ser vs estar, here’s how to get them straight.   […]

  •   Today I want to write about Japanese verbs and Japanese verb endings, but first I want to make a confession.   I write these blog posts based on topics that cross my mind for whatever reason. I write them without an awful lot of planning because I find that, when it comes to language […]

  • It is tempting to believe that we can just acquire a small number of very useful words and sort of get a jump start in a language. I have never found that to be the case.  Of course we need to learn key words like “I”, “you”, “he” and “she” and the like, or “where”, […]

  • I studied Chinese in 1968. At the time I was working for the Canadian Government, the Ministry of Trade and Commerce’s Trade Commissioner Service to be exact. Canada was preparing to recognize the People’s Republic of China and decided that they needed to train some officials in Mandarin. I was sent to Hong Kong to […]

  • Learning languages is essentially a subconscious process. I saw these words in a LinkedIn post from a group I belong to that includes language teachers. The topic of discussion was how grammar instruction and error correction don’t have as much impact on language learning success as is traditionally imagined. This is a concept that leading […]

  • Si vous allez apprendre le japonais, vous devez décider pourquoi vous voulez apprendre la langue. J’ai appris le japonais car mon travail m’y a emmené en 1971. J’y ai vécu pendant 9 ans, principalement pendant les années 70. J’ai appris au Japon, immergé dans la langue, seul, surtout en écoutant, lisant et utilisant le japonais […]

  • What is CI? What is meant by comprehensible input in language learning? Stephen Krashen uses this term, as well as the term compelling input, to refer to the kind of language exposure we need in order to learn a language. The term CI, in language learning, can apply to both. What do they mean?  Comprehensible […]

  • Будучи полиглотом, т.е. человеком, который говорит на многих языках, мне нравится пользоваться этими языками: мне нравится сам процесс. Но тут присутствует элемент шоу. А ты лучше меня? Или я лучше тебя? Некоторым людям нравится этот элемент в процессе изучения языка. Мне кажется, многие из нас, на самом деле, очень рады слышать, когда кто-то говорит лучше […]

  • English Grammar 101 June 23 2020

    In order to speak English well you need to learn how words are used and how they come together to form phrases and sentences. Only a lot of listening and reading can help you learn this. You need to train yourself to notice how the words are used when you listen and read.

  • 私にとってフランス語は、英語以外で流暢な話者になれた初めての言語でした。私はフランス語を聴くのが大好きで、発音が美しければ尚更です。フランス語の美しい発音を習得するのは、フランス語学習者が直面する課題のひとつだと思います。いくつか提案がありますので、学習の手助けになれば光栄です。 フランス語の文字の発音に関しては、オンラインで情報が簡単に手に入るので詳しくは説明しません。ただここでお勧めするのは、このようなソースを頻繁に参照して重要な詳細を思い返すことです。アクセントが「e」の発音に影響するという事実や、単語が並ぶ位置によっては多くの文字が発音されないことなど、あなた自身で調べられる詳細に注意を傾けましょう。

  • When it comes to learning a new language, some learners like dictionaries. They read them. They treasure them. They worry about getting the best possible dictionary. I don’t like using dictionaries. Using them is like one-way love.

  • J’ai appris le mandarin il y a 50 ans. Il m’a fallu 9 mois pour atteindre un niveau où je pouvais traduire des journaux de l’anglais au chinois et du chinois à l’anglais, lire des romans et être d’interprète. J’ai fait cela au temps des magnétophones à bobine, bien avant l’âge de l’internet, des dictionnaires […]

  • Conversation implies a two-way exchange of language. Therefore, reaching a conversational level implies quite a high level of comprehension of the language so that we can understand what is being said to us. That means in order to converse properly we need to prepare ourselves.