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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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  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3vpMeuI CC subtitles available in: English and Russian. I chat with Anthony of the channel Anthony the ...
  • How to Become a Polyglot October 14 2021
    Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3FXTMdp CC subtitles available in: English, Italian, Russian, German, Vietnamese, Spanish and German.
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3FBCDWw Language Learning Resources: Soundcloud: https://bit.ly/3iZsbic Apple: https://apple.co/3z1F1lD ...
  • 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…

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3FBCDWw Those of us who learn languages typically spend a lot of time engaged in various language ...
  • Don't Learn Slang October 8 2021
    Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/2Ynyzbj CC subtitles available in: English, Japanese, Malay, Russian and Vietnamese. I'd like to thank the ...
  • Language learning as we know is about motivation. That’s the driver. That’s the smart plug that triggers your interest, your curiosity. Content, which feeds that curiosity and those interests, is extremely important. Content that you like, content that has resonance for you.

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3BaQd0o The greater the variety of our language learning activities, the more different ways we use the ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3ilgrpH I talk about the importance of listening, and how to listen effectively in order to learn languages.
  • Experience Is The Best Teacher September 29 2021

    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 […]

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3kMtfHc It has occurred to me that the process of learning a language is not one of deliberately learning rules ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/2XXpp5n CC subtitles available in: English, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and ...
  • I think very often in the standard classroom there’s a tremendous emphasis placed on producing the language, speaking the language, which is fine because that’s what people want to do. But what I think is more important is what will I be able to do with the language in a year from now? And from that perspective, I’m not tremendously motivated to speak.

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3hQgyt7 Stuart Jay Raj on YouTube: https://youtu.be/xZZg0wWYR-M Jcademy- Where Mindkraft and Cracking ...
  • Language Immersion and Travel September 16 2021
    Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3hCfTew CC subtitles available in: English, German, Italian, Vietnamese, French, Spanish, Russian and ...
  • English Grammar 101 September 15 2021

    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.

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3loHvVw Content drives enjoyment and success in language learning. It has evolved from teachers, books, ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3z3aDGE Steve POV's channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/Stevespov Steve of Steve's POV is a person who ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/2XcM3qb CC subtitles available in: English, Malay, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian, French, Japanese, Italian ...
  • If you can get stuff done in the morning, first thing that kind of sets you up for the day so that even if it’s not a very active day, from a language learning point of view, at least you’ve taken that first step. So typically what I do in the morning is I might, first of all, review a couple of lessons on my iPad from the day before in whichever language I’m learning. Nowadays it’s either Arabic or Persian.

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3tiisY3 CC subtitles available in: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Malay, Russian, Japanese, French and Italian.
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3jCDBJ1 CC subtitles available in: English, Italian, Malay, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and ...
  • Tips for Learning Russian September 1 2021

    I wanted give some important tips for learning Russian. First I’ll explain about the writing system, then some interesting things to remember about Russian verbs of motion, aspects of verbs and cases.

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3gLh7DM CC subtitles available in: English, Italian, Malay, Russian, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese.
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/38e2LqT Language learning requires us to cut off some of our normal contacts in our own language, in order to ...
  • First of all, obviously when you start in a language, whatever you’re listening to is not comprehensible. So you can’t begin with comprehensible input. You’ll begin with input, which is not comprehensible, but which gradually becomes more and more comprehensible. However, if you have access to the text, so you can look up words, then you have a chance. And if you can use LingQ for example, and you can review the words, then you have a chance, or even if you’re using Teach Yourself or some other starter book you can gradually get to where material that is initially not comprehensible becomes comprehensible.

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3DdvRFp What's the best way to learn Japanese? I decided to ask a YouTube teacher, George, to get his ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3sybtcQ CC subtitles available in: English, Malay, Russian, Indonesian, Italian, Vietnamese, Spanish and ...
  • TOEIC, the Test of English for International Communication, is probably the most widely taken test of English language proficiency in the world. TOEIC is taken by around seven million people every year, according to this article in the Wall Street Journal.     It is my observation that most people who take TOEIC, especially in […]

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3yVljb8 CC subtitles available in: English, Malay, Vietnamese, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, ...
  • How to Stay Motivated August 12 2021
    Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3CBcu8K CC subtitles available in: English, Arabic, Russian, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Malay, Spanish, ...
  • Right now I’ve been at my Arabic for three years and my Persian for two, I can’t say that I speak either language particularly well. I really struggle. My Farsi is now better. I’ve had the opportunity to use it a bit here and there around Vancouver, North Vancouver, especially West Vancouver. I’m now exploring Egypt in Arabic with Mohammed, my tutor, and I do struggle in our conversations, there is no question. But am I failing in the language?

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3lKRPcv I made a video about the importance of repetition in language learning. This generated questions ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3Ae7MvB CC subtitles available in: English, Russian, German, Italian, Chinese, Malay, Norwegian, ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3jdGmPB People tell me they have no time to learn languages. Sometimes it's just a matter of getting started.
  • If you are going to learn Japanese, you need to decide why you are learning the language. I learned Japanese because my work took me there in 1971. I lived there for nine years, mostly during the 1970s. I learned in Japan, surrounded by the language, on my own, largely by listening and reading and using […]

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/2TFMWFS Closed captions are available in Persian, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Malay, Russian, ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/376PShM I'm 45 days into my 90 day challenge of trying to get to the next level in Persian and Arabic. I thought ...
  • Reading helps you acquire more words, but listening gets your brain used to the language. And of course listening comprehension is a tremendously important skill because if you’re speaking to someone, and we all want to speak in the language, if you can’t understand what the other person is saying, then it’s very uncomfortable and you can’t have a very meaningful conversation.

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3BJKvTV In this video, I speak Korean, Russian, Swedish, Japanese, German, Chinese, French and Spanish.
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/36UL8Ms CC subtitles available in: English, Albanian, Russian, Portuguese, Indonesian, German, Malay, ...
  • 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?    […]

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3rj79O4 Pronouncing well doesn't mean pronouncing perfectly, it may require deliberate effort. That was my ...
  • What the language school provides is instruction in the language. In other words, explanations of how the language works. The language school provides the materials, the textbooks, the content from which we learn, the language schools can provide encouragement and motivation also. The language school provides a social context where you meet not only your teacher, but other students. The language school can keep you going. So it is possible that for many people a language school is an ideal learning environment. Why is that not the case for me?

  • I think Spanish is one of the most attractive languages to learn. We can all be motivated to learn a specific language like Mongolian or Finnish because we have a friend or a particular interest. Spanish is different: there are a number of real big advantages to learning Spanish.

  • What I would call being a lazy language learner doesn’t necessarily mean that you aren’t being a successful language learner, it just means that you’re being lazy the way I’m being lazy. And so there are seven habits I think that we need to acquire if we’re going to be effective, successful, lazy language learners.

  • Many of us are watching the Olympics in Brazil. Despite all of the bad reports that we always get in the lead up to any Olympic Games – some British newspaper called the 2010 Vancouver Winter games the worst Olympics in the world ever, then there were all the problems with toilets in Sochi and now pollution in Rio – it looks like actually things are proceeding swimmingly, so to speak.

    People ask, if I go to Brazil, can I communicate? What language do they speak? First of all, some may not know that Brazilians speak Portuguese. There’s no Brazilian language, there is Portuguese.

  • Do NOT Study Grammar June 16 2021

    Grammar basically describes usage. So since languages evolve over time, sounds in languages evolve over time, usage patterns evolve over time. Therefore the grammar which describes the usage will evolve over time. So how useful is it to attempt to teach people what the rules of usage are before the learner has had enough experience with the language?

  • The last 15 years have brought revolutionary change to language learning. Amongst the most popular new opportunities is the possibility to connect with native speakers of the languages we are learning via the Internet, and specifically via Skype. We all take Skype for granted today, but the app was first launched in 2003, in Estonia.  […]

  • ***   This post is a transcript of a video on my YouTube channel.   Studying English? Here’s the transcript as a lesson to study on LingQ.   Back in 1968, I was sent to Hong Kong by the Canadian government to learn Mandarin Chinese. I spent a year learning Chinese and then the idea […]

  • The most important task in language learning, in my opinion, is the acquisition of vocabulary. If we have enough words, we can make sense of what we’re reading or listening to and we can somehow express ourselves. Vocabulary is much more important than grammar. The grammar you acquire gradually as you become familiar with the […]

  • ***   This post is a transcript of a video on my YouTube channel.   Studying English? Here’s the transcript as a lesson to study on LingQ.   We regularly see blog posts and videos where people provide advice on how to learn a language in a given period of time: one month, three months, […]

  • If you really want to learn English fast, here is what you do. This advice is valid for other languages as well. The only difference between English and other languages is that most people learning English have had a lot of classroom instruction, which is not usually the case for learners of other languages.   […]

  • First of all, the first thing I think we need to do to study effectively is to improve our reading skills. If we aren’t good readers, we need to become good readers, to read faster, to get better at acquiring information through reading, because reading is very effective, very efficient. It enables us to access so much information, whether in a traditional book or an ebook where we can look things up if we’re on an iPad or on a computer, being careful to avoid the distractions granted. So reading is super powerful.

  • French was my first love when it comes to languages. In fact, there’s an expression in French: “On revient toujours a son premier amour.” It means you always go back to your first love. I love French; I love all the languages that I learn, but I have a special affection for French.
    I highly recommend learning French for beginners. There’s a whole world that you can access so much better if you speak French. The language is spoken in other countries like Canada.

  • How I Learned Russian April 21 2021

    I was about 60 when I started learning Russian and my approach to language learning had always been that you shouldn’t focus on grammar. You need to get used to the language through lots of listening and reading. I had done that with Chinese, with Japanese.

  • Wie lange braucht man, um Spanisch zu lernen? Wie lange dauert es generell, irgendeine Sprache zu lernen? Ich höre diese Frage ziemlich oft und es gibt keine universelle Antwort darauf. Es liegt ganz an dir.   Das US-amerikanische Foreign Service Language Institut (FSI) hat einige Zahlen bezüglich der Stunden, die erforderlich sind, um verschiedene Sprachen […]

  • What is the hardest language to learn? I think that’s a very difficult question because there are so many factors that enter into that.

  • El aprendizaje de un idioma depende fundamentalmente de tres factores: La actitud del estudiante, el tiempo disponible y la atención que ponga éste en el idioma. Si asumimos una actitud positiva, razonable y una atención creciente hacia el idioma por parte del estudiante. ¿Cuánto tiempo tomaría en aprender un idioma?   El FSI, el estadounidense […]

  • The biggest thing in a study plan is that you want to develop new habits. I’ve said many times that language learning is a matter of attitude and spending the time with the language. So we want to have habits that reinforce a positive attitude that give us a sense of success.