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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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  • Nunca foi tão fácil aprender idiomas por conta própria. Os recursos para aprender línguas mundiais estão em todos os lugares via Internet, e as novas ...
  • As people who speak multiple languages, polyglots like to use those languages; we like to see how we do. But there is an element of performance. Are you better than me? Am I better than you? For some people that’s fine. I think a lot of us are very happy, in fact, when we hear somebody speak better than we do.

  • How I Learned Spanish March 1 2021
    I don't worry about how well I speak Spanish, nor about the mistakes I make. I can't control how others react to my Spanish. I can only control how I feel about ...
  • 勉強しないと大損するって?なぜか知りたいですか?詳細はビデオで…! 0:00 - なんで英語勉強をやめたほうがいい 2:36 - LingQの使い方 5:09 - インプット 8:15 - 文法 ...
  • ***   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.   Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today I’m going to talk about vocabulary, words, the most important thing in language learning. Remember if you enjoy these videos, please […]

  • Many people attend Toastmasters sessions to practice their public speaking skills, to practice a foreign language or to meet people. Here are some ideas on ...
  • Japanese can take longer to learn than some European languages, but it isn't inherently difficult. In fact, I found Japanese to be a forgiving language, one where ...
  • I hear all the time that Google Translate doesn’t work. It’s not accurate. It’s this and that. I think Google Translate is a tremendous resource and not only for language learners. It’s not 100% and it’s better for some languages than others, but I find it extremely useful.

  • Learning a language while sleeping is sometimes hopefully offered as an effortless way to learn languages. I have not seen evidence that this works, or is even ...
  • 英語話せるようになりたいけど。。独学でどうしたらいいのか分からない…そんな人はこちらのビデオをどうぞ! 0:00 大半の人は学校に行く 2:21 LingQで勉強します 4:50 ...
  • People learning all kinds of languages find them selves in a situation where they feel frustrated that they aren’t able to say more. And they feel that their comprehension is better than their ability to speak. So I want to talk a little bit about what we can do to improve our speaking skills with specific reference to English.

  • There's an abundance of academic studies about vocabulary, what words do and how they're acquired. But it's really quite simple: listen and read and your ...
  • What constitutes a good study plan for learning languages? Developing good habits, things you enjoy doing every day, is more important than any kind of step ...
  • How long does it take to learn Spanish? How long does it take to learn any language? I hear these questions quite often. There is no simple answer. It is really up to you.    The US Foreign Service Language institute published some numbers about how many hours required to learn different languages. For Spanish […]

  • We can improve our English speaking skills by speaking more. But if not surrounded by English speakers, the next best thing is to step up our listening and ...
  • インターネットがない時代に中国語を如何いう風に勉強できた…「どうやったの?」と思う方はビデオを見てください。 0:00 なぜ僕は中国語の勉強をし始めたのか。 3:39 漢字 ...
  •   ***   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.   It doesn’t really matter whether you’re at a school or entirely on your own, to my mind, to be a successful language learner you have to be […]

  • BTS, the popular Korean pop group, has an appeal that represents a desire in the world for everyone to just get along and accept each other. Here I talk about ...
  • For all the languages that I have learned, I only attended school twice. However, in every case it was becoming an independent language learner that brought ...
  • Korean vs Japanese vs Chinese, ever wonder what the similarities and differences are between these three languages and how should we go about learning them? To what extent can learning one help you with the others? Let me share my experience in learning these three Asian languages.   How I Learned Mandarin, Japanese and Korean […]

  • How I Learned Chinese January 18 2021
    As with all the languages I've learned, my passion for the language, and all that surrounds it, was key to success in learning Mandarin. But lots of reading and ...
  • I've done a number of interviews with language entrepreneurs creating innovative content and friendly encouragement to learners. Piotr of RealPolish.pl was ...
  • Anna of YouTube channel Anna Cher: Russian from the Heart is an enthusiastic online teacher of Russian. Not an easy language. Lot's of details which can trip ...
  • Let me share a little bit about what I would like to see in the year 2021. First of all, in so far as learning languages, I’m going to continue with Persian and Arabic. And at some point I will refresh and try to get back into Turkish.

  • Anna of the YouTube channel Anna Cher: Russian from the Heart and I talk about language learning in Russian with English subtitles. I've not had a chance to ...
  • 学校での語学学習では約80%の生徒は言語をマスターできない…それは何だと思いますか?詳細はビデオで. Learn a new language on LingQ: https://bit.ly/3nqeUOJ ...
  • Join Steve as he shares his 2021 language plans, reviews his 90-day Arabic Challenge, and answers questions from viewers. Looking for how to reach your ...
  • Good language learners notice what is happening in a language. They notice the sounds of the language, and the structure and the vocabulary. They notice as they listen and read. They notice when they use the language. How can we train ourselves in the ability to notice, in order to become good language learners?

  • It's a New Year. 2021. What do I hope to achieve this year? I'll stay on Persian and Arabic for a while and maybe go back to Turkish in the summer. We'll see ...
  • How I Learned French January 1 2021
    I got turned on to French long ago and my passion for the language has stayed with me for over 50 years. In this video I share my journey to French fluency.
  • Talking Our Way to Fluency December 30 2020
    We don't need more language textbooks, with limited language content, drills and explanations. We just need each other to talk about what interests us, record it, ...
  • Languages are for Exploring December 29 2020

    I’ve started reading about the history of Iran. Also at LingQ we have Sahra in Iran who has created a series of 26 episodes which I’m now going through. I’ve gone to episode seven of the history of Iran with circling questions. 

  • I often get asked the question, how do I maintain my languages? You know, I’ve learned so many languages, more or less up to 21. I don’t know them all equally well, obviously. So how do I maintain them?

  • Language & History December 21 2020
    History is one of my major motivations for learning languages, and learning languages motivates me to learn history. In this video I discuss my interest in ...
  • 語学学習とは冒険であり、新しい文化や歴史を知るきっかけになります。それはどうしてか?詳しくはビデオで. Learn a new language on LingQ: https://bit.ly/3nzeAOF Get ...
  • In my opinion, the best way to memorize vocabulary is NOT to memorize vocabulary. I have always found that trying to memorize vocabulary is an extremely low-efficiency activity. No matter how hard you try, some words are going to stick and some words will not stick until much, much later.

  • When I learn languages I get into the culture and history of that language. Listening to the history in the language connects me emotionally, but I get most of my ...
  • Languages are for Exploring December 10 2020
    Having finished my 90-Day Challenge for Arabic, I am now going back to Persian, learning the language, and learning about the history and culture of Iran.
  • When we learn a foreign language we imitate an aspect of another culture. In other words, we are entering into a foreign cultural space. This can sometimes ...
  • I may not be aware of having changed, but then if I go back to when I started with Arabic, it was just noise to me. The writing system was meaningless to me, and now I’m able to read, I’m able to hear and understand a lot. So there is this gradual, almost imperceptible change.

  • 英語使う機会がなくて勉強忘れちゃったなど心配することはありませんか?言語レベルを維持する秘訣を伝授します. Learn a new language on LingQ: ...
  • Los buenos profesores se destacan por el entusiasmo, por lo que están enseñando, por sus alumnos y por el acto de enseñar. Karo, una chica polaca que ...
  • Steve has completed his 90-Day Arabic Challenge on LingQ. He is speaking with his tutor, Mohamed, and a couple other Arabic speakers.
  • Last week I wrote about the first four secrets to language learning success: spend the time, do what you like to do, learn to notice and words over grammar. Today’s post reveals the last three secrets.

  • 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…

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 […]