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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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  • Language and Memory: How to Maintain What We’ve Learned has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  Original video was published on July 13, 2013   Hi there, Steve Kaufmann. First of all, I apologize. I’m not going to do this video in Portuguese; although, I had said that I would. That leads me to the […]

  • How Our Emotions Influence Our Language Skills has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  Original video was published on April 2, 2013   Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. I want to make a video in response to a video that I received from Lucas from Brazil. He posted this video in response to one of […]

  • Business Vocabulary Can’t be Taught has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  Original video was published on December 19, 2012   Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. I want to do a video because I’ve been putting up these Google Hangout videos and one of my viewers said we want to see the old style video […]

  • Money Talks and Should Education Be Free? has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  Original video was published on July 3, 2013   Hi there, Steve Kaufmann, another glorious day in Vancouver. Again, I’m going to talk about language learning, of course, but I’m going to talk about language learning and money. It’s a subject […]

  • Instead of Just Studying Languages, Explore Them and You’ll Learn has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  Original video was published on Jan 3, 2019   So we’re out for a walk in London. It’s kind of a cool day, but it’s lovely to walk. It’s not raining. What I thought I’d talk about today […]

  • You Don’t Need to Study Abroad to Learn a Language has  been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube Channel. This video originally aired on November 27th, 2013     Hi there, Steve Kaufmann. Here I am in our little yard. We’re in Palm Springs, my wife and I, so I want to talk about travel and language […]

  • Immersion: The Best Strategy for Beginner Language Learners has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  Original video was published on Jan 15, 2018   Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today I want to talk about being a beginner in learning a language and I want to refer to what I’m doing to learn Arabic. As I’ve […]

  • Multilingualism and the Brain has  been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube Channel. This video originally aired on October 28th, 2013 Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. I’m back from Montreal. I attended a conference there called the International Conference on Multilingualism: Linguistic Challenges and Neurocognitive Mechanisms. I attended the conference in the hope that it would provide me […]

  • Sometimes I Feel Dyslexic Reading Arabic has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.      Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today I want to talk about the power of reading and I’m going to explain why I’m on this subject.   First of all, today is December the 10th here in Vancouver. A week from now […]

  • Moses McCormick and the True Path of Language Learning has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  Original upload: 7th May, 2012   Hello. Good morning everyone. Now, you’re probably asking yourself, what’s Steve doing with Moses’ hat on? That would a good question to ask, what is Steve doing with Moses’ hat on? I’m going to […]

  • Word Count, Graded Readers and Fluency has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  The video was first published on November 2013. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. I’m sitting in Palm Springs, California. The sun is beating down on me. I’m going to talk about word count, graded readers and how many words we need to speak. […]

  • Your Language Resources Should be Meaningful, Not Generic has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ. Note* This video is from six years ago. I have since discovered the value of our mini-stories at LingQ, which focus on the most important verbs in the language […]

  • Pimsleur Review, Learning Romanian from Scratch has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ.   My Pimsleur Review: The Good and the Bad Hi there, Steve Kaufmann, I want to do a review of Pimsleur. I bought Pimsleur because I have to go to […]

  • Hi Everyone,   I am happy to announce a new 90 Day LingQ Challenge. Over the next 90 days, I’ll be learning two new languages (Farsi and Arabic) using LingQ. I’m inviting you to be apart of this challenge (you can study any language you wish) and study with other LingQ members on YouTube. Discuss […]

  • Speaking Romanian and Why Language Learning Needs to be Real has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ.     Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. It’s a glorious day here in Vancouver, sunny and warm. It’s the warmest day so far this year. Normally, […]

  • Speaking Face-to-Face, How Important is It? has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ.     Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here back in Vancouver. The weather is nice. It’s a little cooler than Palm Springs. Today I want to talk about the importance of […]

  • A Quick Overview of Japanese for Beginners at First has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ. Hi there, Steve here. Today I want to talk about Japanese. I’m thinking of doing a series on different languages, which I would call Steve’s Easy Introduction […]

  • 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.

  • What is the Best Way to Learn German has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann. I hope the sound is louder. There were some complaints about the sound here. I want to talk today about learning German. This is […]

  • Can You Learn Romanian in Two Months… has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann. Romanian, fluency in two months, I don’t think so. Remember I had a program back a while ago which I called Fluency in Five Days, […]

  • Why do We Learn Languages has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today, I want to talk about and I want to hear from you about why you study languages and I’m going to tell you why I study […]

  • I Learn New Words by Forgetting Them at First has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today I want to talk about something that happens all the time in language learning and that is forgetting and I want […]

  • 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.

  • Language Accents and Insecurities has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today it’s going to be a bit of a ramble, I warn you ahead of time. Some semi-political opinions, but I want to talk about what is […]

  • Is Tim Ferriss’ Deconstructing Method a Better Way to Learn a Language has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann. Today I want to talk — again following up on the recent videos that I’ve made — about thinking in […]

  • How to Avoid Burnout When it Comes to Language Learning has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ.   Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here again. It’s a bit of an overcast, rainy Saturday afternoon here in Vancouver. My wife is practicing the piano, as […]

  • My Tips for Learning German December 18 2018

    Tips for Learning German has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here again. This is a short, I hope, follow-up video to the one I did about learning German. There were several comments, one, and I’ve heard this recently, […]

  • Passive and Active Vocabulary has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ. Hi there. Steve Kaufmann here, talking to all of you who want to learn languages. I’m very happy to share with you my experience, my views, and I think my views should […]

  • Learning a Second Language Effortlessly has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ.   Hi there, Steve Kaufmann. I want to follow up my previous video, which talked about how the most important thing in language learning was to have fun or to enjoying […]

  • The Importance of Making Learning Fun and Enjoyable has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel. You can download the audio and study the transcript as a lesson at LingQ. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here again with my new lighting, which I hope is better. I’m going to talk about something that I consider very, very important in […]

  • People often ask me how I go about learning a new language from scratch. Here's my strategy. Timelines: 0:03 How do you start learning a language from ...
  • Forgetting and relearning is more effective than forcing yourself to learn blocks of information. Check out http://bjorklab.psych.ucla.edu/research.html Transcript: ...
  • http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/s_jgrammar.html Transcript: Hi there, Steve Kaufmann. Today, I want to give you a very brief introduction to Japanese.
  • 这个文法材料又简单又彻底有容易了解。 可惜只有英文。http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/s_jgrammar.html.
  • I have played with Duolingo a little, and quite like it... for beginners! Timelines: 0:02 Is Duolingo efficient? 1:10 Why I prefer Audio materials to Videos. 1:49 You ...
  • Hi there, Steve Kaufmann. I am going to talk to you about 6 hacks for learning Chinese. Basically based on my experience when 40 odd years ago within a nine ...
  • Hi there. Here we are, number four in Stephen Covey's Habits of Highly Successful People, 'Win-Win'. Now, in negotiations win-win means that I'm not going to ...
  • Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. This is the third in the series of videos where I talk about how Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People applies to ...
  • Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today is the second in this series of short videos about Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. His second habit ...
  • Hi there Steve Kaufmann. This is going to be the first in a series of 7 videos where I deal with each of the seven habits of highly effective people that Stephen ...
  • You first have to hear the language and notice how it is pronounced. This takes time. Listen to authentic natives speakers, especially ones that you like to listen ...
  • For more tips on vocabulary, please read my post here: https://blog.thelinguist.com/how-to-memorize-vocabularyI don't memorize vocabulary. I rely on exposure ...
  • A brief overview of how I learned Japanese and some hints and tips for people learning the language today. 0:57 - From Mandarin to Japanese. 1:21 - Three ...
  • How long does it take to learn a language? I get asked this often. Another frequent question is whether it is a good idea to learn more than one language at a ...
  • I was asked how I learned Japanese, so here it is, as well as I can remember. For some more tips, you can check out the LingQ blog: ...
  • People stay with the beginner book or course too long. They think they have to stay with it until they understand it or can remember everything. Forget it. Believe ...
  • Language learning is mostly about acquiring words, honestly, through reading and listening. LingQing is, in my view, the most efficient way to do this. Timelines: ...
  • Reading is a powerful and inexpensive path to learning. I am often asked how best to read for language learning. Learn a language at: http://www.lingq.com Visit ...
  • Olá, eu sou Steve, fundador do LingQ, Eu aprendi 10 idiomas a la maneira do LingQ. No LingQ, não ensinamos as línguas. Você precisa aprender por si ...
  • I find a good starter book is important in language learning. I go back to them all the time. Teach Yourself is a good series. Timelines: 0:05 Praise to starter books ...
  • Чтобы выучить язык, нужно провести много времени с этим языком. Timelines: 0:18 7 секретов для успешного изучения...
  • He grabado este serie en Inglés, y lo he empezado en francés, japonés y chino y ahora en español. Parece banal, pero para tener éxito, hay que dedicar ...
  • Above all other tasks, the most important part of language learning is becoming an independent learner. Taking hold of your learning is the key to being ...
  • To succeed in language learning you are going to have to spend a lot of time. You had better equip yourself with the tools you need for success. Timelines: 0:33 ...
  • It is easy to get frustrated in language learning, but we should try to avoid negative feelings. We will gradually, although slowly, improve if we continue to put in ...
  • The main task of language learning is to learn words, in the context of interesting content, in the context of phrases, but words. We need lots of words to ...
  • The second in a series of videos on the secrets to language learning. We can choose what to do, which activities and what to learn from. Make sure you choose ...
  • The first in a series of seven videos on what really makes for effective language learning. The first and perhaps most important secret is to spend enough time ...
  • We need to learn languages through experience before we can start studying them. Timelines: 0:13 We study something before we get familiar with it.
  • Accent reduction December 19 2009
    How do we make our pronunciation more native like in another language? Here is the video I refer to in my video: ...