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  • Personalize Your LingQ Reader September 22 2017
    Sign up for LingQ free: https://goo.gl/FQ4GYd Everyone has a preferred way of learning, that's why we made the LingQ reader customizable. Change the font ...
  • Sign up for LingQ free: https://goo.gl/4aAwuF The LingQ challenges are a great way to stay motivated when studying a new language. You can try the 90-Day ...
  • Sign up for LingQ free: https://goo.gl/2YQdmG Teach the system words you know and words you're learning by making LingQs. LingQs are made when you click ...
  • Importing on LingQ September 22 2017
    Sign up for LingQ free: https://goo.gl/GUj7Z6 A motivated language learner is a successful language learner, and nothing motivates more than a genuine interest ...
  • Sign up for LingQ free: https://goo.gl/WjKwvc I don't have time to learn a language! It'a a common complaint. That's why we created the LingQ app and playlist.
  • Writing on LingQ September 22 2017
    Sign up for LingQ free: https://goo.gl/fGcsuH Writing is a great way to practice your target language. You can use words and phrases you've come across in ...
  • Using the LingQ Lessons Page September 22 2017
    Sign up for LingQ free: https://goo.gl/nL9VPi You can find all kinds of content in your target language on the LingQ Lessons page. This quick tutorial shows you ...
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  • Sign up for the 30-day email course here: https://www.thelinguist.com/ How to Learn A Language: Lesson 11 I want to talk about something that makes LingQ ...
  • Sign up for the 30-day email course here: https://www.thelinguist.com/ How to Learn A Language: Day 3 Hi there, In yesterday's email I went over the ...
  • 7. Begin with the End in Mind September 22 2017
    Sign up for the 30-day email course here: https://www.thelinguist.com/ How to Learn A Language: Day 7 Today I want to focus on your language goals and ...
  • Sign up for the 30-day email course here: https://www.thelinguist.com/ How to Learn A Language: Day 4 Words are a good measure of where you are in your ...
  • Sign up for the 30-day email course here: https://www.thelinguist.com/ How to Learn A Language: Lesson 12 Writing isn't something I particularly enjoy doing ...
  • Sign up for the 30-day email course here: https://www.thelinguist.com/ How to Learn A Language: Lesson 10 Today I'm going to show you more about how the ...
  • 14. The LingQ Community September 22 2017
    Sign up for the 30-day email course here: https://www.thelinguist.com/ How to Learn A Language: Lesson 14 We've come to the end of the course. I've shared ...
  • Sign up for the 30-day email course here: https://www.thelinguist.com/ How to Learn A Language: Lesson 13 As an input-based learner, I like to leave ...
  • Sign up for the 30-day email course here: https://www.thelinguist.com/ How to Learn A Language: Lesson 9 When it comes to learning languages, we need to ...
  • Sign up for the 30-day email course here: https://www.thelinguist.com/ How to Learn A Language: Lesson 5 So now you know that you have to find meaningful ...
  • Sign up for the 30-day email course here: https://www.thelinguist.com/ How to Learn A Language: Lesson 6 Sometimes learning a language can seem like an ...
  • Sign up for this 30-day course here: https://www.thelinguist.com/ How to Learn A Language Course: Lesson 2 Hello Language Learner, Yesterday I talked ...
  • Sign up for this 30-day course here: https://www.thelinguist.com/ How to Learn A Language Course: Lesson 1 Hi There! This is the first day of your journey to ...
  • Sign up for the 30-day email course here: https://www.thelinguist.com/ How to Learn A Language: Lesson 8 Today I'm going to help you review all of the words ...
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  • Every language has some issues, often grammar issues, that cause learners difficulty. In the case of Spanish, it appears that there are two problems that give people special trouble. The first is the existence of two forms of the verb “to be”. In Spanish, both ser and estar translate into English as “to be”. The […]

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  • I recently watched a video which features polyglots Luca Lampariello and Anthony Lauder. In it they make the point that you don’t need to have a large vocabulary in order to be fluent. Anthony has said in the past that even with a few hundred words you can be fluent, or you can be fluent at a relatively low level of proficiency in a language. I don’t agree at all.

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  • This summer, from August 25-27, language enthusiasts from all over North America, and even some from Europe, gathered at Concordia University in Montreal for the second annual Montreal LangFest.   What is the LangFest? LangFest is a place for people to indulge their interest in languages and learn from each other. There were workshops on […]

  • Language Learners Journal.com is supporting MacMillan Cancer Support's 'Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning' this Friday 29th September, 2017.
  • Language Learners Journal.com is supporting MacMillan Cancer Support's 'Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning' this Friday 29th September, 2017.
  • The most popularly spoken Slavic languages are Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian in the east, Polish, Czech and Slovakian in the west and then the the languages of the former Yugoslavia in the south.

  • We live in the golden age of language learning. The Internet brings us an unprecedented cornucopia of language learning resources, tools, communities, exchange websites and more. We can buy audiobooks, ebooks, access online newspapers and magazines in the language of our choice. We can follow these resources on our iPhones and iPads, and have them […]

  • Human beings are learning machines. We spend our lives learning. We can’t help but learn. The only question is what we will learn and how it will affect our lives.

  • Sometimes I wonder if I am just spinning my wheels writing and doing videos about language learning. Maybe I am beginning to sound like a broken record. And then there are moments that make it all worthwhile. This was in response to a Tweet from Roman Waschuk, the Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine. I immediately remembered […]

  • How To Learn Portuguese August 1 2017

    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.

  • 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.   Just what is TOEIC? For a long time, TOEIC only tested listening and […]

  • Language learning is an endurance sport, and we all need a little encouragement along the way.

    If you’re in a rut, struggling to move to the next level or just need a gentle push to start your study session for the day, let my Tao of Language Learning set you on your way. “A good traveler has no fixed plan, and is not intent on arriving.” – Laozi

    If you are learning a language, listen to it, observe it, quietly, until you notice the patterns, phrases and words.

  • 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. […]

  • Thank You, Ukraine! July 4 2017

    I am back in Vancouver after a month in Europe, mostly in Ukraine. I still have vivid images of that country, and particularly of Lviv where I spent the better part of three weeks. I see the city in my mind, the cafés, the public squares, the cobblestone streets, the friendly people filling the streets, […]

  • 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 Foreign Service Istitute, […]

  • People often ask the question “when” about language learning. “When should I start speaking?” “When should I start reading authentic content?” “When can I say I am fluent?” Or even “When should I really commit to learning another language?” When should we commit to learning a new language? One answer to the this question that […]

  • Language immersion is often used to describe a perfect form of language learning. The term implies a situation where if we dip ourselves into water, we will come out wet. In the case of language learning, we come out of immersion able to speak a new language, so to speak. In fact, language immersion is a […]

  • I have been attending the polyglot gathering in Bratislava, Slovakia. The event is an amazing get together of language enthusiasts from all over Europe, and some from further away such as me. We are encouraged to carry large name tags on which we put the flags of the countries of the languages we speak. It’s […]

  • Heureux qui, comme Ulysse, a fait un beau voyage, Ou comme cestuy-là qui conquit la toison, Et puis est retourné, plein d’usage et raison, Vivre entre ses parents le reste de son âge!   Quand reverrai-je, hélas, de mon petit village Fumer la cheminée, et en quelle saison Reverrai-je le clos de ma pauvre maison, […]

  • Duolingo is one of the most popular language learning tools on the Internet. It is certainly the best known. It has been well promoted, and it is free, which is a big advantage. I have a limited amount of time available for language learning, so for me the fact that it is free is less […]

  • Meaningful content, compelling content, comprehensible input, these are terms that we often hear from people talking about language learning. Stephen Krashen points out that we learn languages when we receive messages that are important to us, that have meaning. These messages should be of interest and yet not too difficult. As we read and listen […]

  • 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?

  • 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 […]

  • To paraphrase Tolstoy, all happy language learners resemble each other. They develop a passion for the language they are learning. Each unhappy language learner, on the other hand, finds his or her own reason to be turned off. I got turned on to French flair long ago and my passion for French has stayed with […]

  • 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.   […]

  • Storytelling is a powerful engine of  language acquisition. Apparently Blaine Ray, the originator of TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling), was also the first person to create these circling stories that are at the core of the three-part mini-stories that we are now developing both for LingQ and the language learning community in general. […]

  • Learning new languages is easier when we have meaningful content. Content we can listen to and read that is interesting and yet somewhat comprehensible, in other words not too difficult. The three part mini-story is an example of such content; a wonderful form of storytelling for language learners.   The TPRS Method Over the past few weeks, […]

  • A few weeks ago I started learning Greek. Greek will be my 17th language, and the eighth one I have started since the age of 60.   Greek has relatively few words, far fewer than I expected, that I can recognize from languages that I already know, at least so far. The Greek alphabet is […]

  • 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 […]

  • Language and Memory March 10 2017

    I am starting to believe that memory is not that important when it comes to language learning.   I have recently started learning Greek. Most of the words are completely unfamiliar to me, and not related to languages that I already know. As I start to get a toehold in this world of new and […]

  • Assimil is a language learning series that enjoys an almost cult-like following among certain language learners. I have used Assimil for two languages, Russian and Korean, and own a copy of Assimil for Romanian, which I have not used. What do I think of Assimil?   A Brief Description of Assimil   Assimil was first […]

  • L’apprentissage d’une langue dépend principalement de trois facteurs: l’attitude de l’étudiant, le temps disponible et le degré d’intérêt pour la langue. Si nous considérons que l’étudiant a un comportement positif et un attrait grandissant pour la langue, combien de temps faudra-t-il alors pour apprendre une langue? L’institut du service extérieur américain (FSI) divise les langues […]