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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/3gO1HlE CC subtitles available in multiple languages. Emotion is an important ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3VlbxKo CC subtitles available in multiple languages. Reward yourself for what ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3OwMnGE CC subtitles available in English. If you Google “Pareto's Principle” ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3UXwef9 CC subtitles available in English. My English Spelling and ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3NNtS0h CC subtitles available in multiple languages. If we engage in physical ...
  • In 1987, I decided I was going to put forth a major effort to learn German. I’m going to explain that to you in detail.   Long before I decided that I was going to learn German, I did have exposure to the language. My parents were from Czechoslovakia and they spoke German at home, […]

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3TU2GPF CC subtitles available in multiple languages. Hadar's video: ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3fardAP CC subtitles available in multiple languages. Many people think ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3TEoL4k CC subtitles available in multiple languages. When you start in a ...
  • Italian is a language that has always appealed to me, as Italy is such a lovely country. I have traveled and hitchhiked through Italy and, at that time, I didn’t speak Italian, so I was relying on my knowledge of Spanish to communicate with people. With so many fascinating places to visit, great food and […]

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3DeWpb5 CC subtitles available in English. Reading comprehension is crucial ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3VED2zk CC subtitles available in multiple languages. Some people worry ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3MBTU5R CC subtitles available in multiple languages. When we learn a ...
  • AI & Language Learning October 12 2022
    Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3RNrirm CC subtitles available in multiple languages. I use artificial intelligence ...
  • You have all heard me stress the importance of input. You have to get the language in you, meaning you have to acquire words, and you have to let your brain get used to the language. I spend most of my time practicing different forms of input, however, the ability to effectively speak is the […]

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3SDJO6J CC subtitles available in multiple languages. 多言語現象は国籍知ら ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3SALo9t CC subtitles available in English. An obstacle to acquiring vocabulary ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3BT969P CC subtitles available in multiple languages. Language immersion ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3xWZg5M CC subtitles available in English. Language learning is forgiving.
  • How I learned French September 23 2022

    When I was 16, we had the option to do our first year of university instead of grade 12 in high school. I decided to move on to McGill University in Montréal as I found high school to be a bit boring. Not knowing what to study, I chose a number of courses in French and English literature. My professor at university named Maurice Rabotin was great!

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3SmtnLl CC subtitles available in English. You're in charge of your language ...
  • https://www.thelinguist.com/ For an in depth guide to language learning, subscribe to my 10 Secrets. #languages ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3S8WZvH CC subtitles available in English. A language teacher should first and ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3BcN41f CC subtitles available in English. I wanted to do a trailer for my ...
  •     Experienced language learners accept uncertainty, yet they keep going. They accept that they don’t fully understand.   In the above video I refer to two kinds of comprehension, listening comprehension and reading comprehension, but in this post I will simply refer to them as language comprehension.     Language comprehension is the most […]

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3TXXAlw CC subtitles available in English. How deliberate should we be in ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3cWvUgh CC subtitles available in English. I think we should aim for authenticity ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3B9jHhS CC subtitles available in English. Final day of my 90-Day Challenge in ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3cvzlua CC subtitles available in English. I hear people say they want to achieve ...
  • https://www.thelinguist.com/ For an in depth guide to language learning, subscribe to my 10 Secrets.
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3wrGvXa CC subtitles available in English. Morite2 English Channel: ...
  • I am an admirer of Dr. Stephen Krashen. For decades he has done research into language acquisition and then explained the ...
  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3AHJqgT CC subtitles available in English. Tomorrow I will do a livestream with ...
  • Accumulating words is the fundamental task in language learning, in other words it is very important to acquire new words. Many learners are under the impression that this is done through memorization. This is not, however, the most effective way to grow your vocabulary. I’ve never been able to learn new words by deliberately trying to memorize them. The more effective way to learn new words is simply through exposure to the language.

  • Learn languages like I do with LingQ: https://bit.ly/3QuQK57 CC subtitles available in English. In English and other languages, ...
  • 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…

  • My third language learning goal is listening. It’s the third goal in the hierarchy, but in many ways it’s the most important because it’s the major activity that I do when it comes to language learning, simply because it’s so easy to do. So I can get up in the morning and listen, I can listen while doing the dishes, I listen while I exercise. I listen while in the car, the train or wherever I am. I can always listen. I can listen 15 minutes here, 20 minutes there and before you know it, I have an hour of language learning done.

  • 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? 

  • Reading is easier than listening. I can work my way through a text at LingQ, look up every word. Let’s say I’m in sentence mode, it’s a brand new language and if there’s seven words in that sentence, I can look up each word and I can kind of figure out what the sentence means. Fuzzy, maybe not totally clear, but I have a sense of what that sentence means. I have a sense of which words correspond to the verb, to the noun and so forth. So the reading is easy. If I just heard those words, I wouldn’t be able to do that. So reading is a sort of a step towards being able to understand what you hear.

  • Which is better for language learners, monolingual or bilingual dictionaries? This question often comes up.A monolingual dictionary explains the meaning of a word in the language that you are learning. A bilingual dictionary provides a translation…

  • The number one goal in language learning is to acquire words. Keep that as your goal, your major activity, be conscious of the fact that you are acquiring these words. Even though at times it seems that you can’t remember them. You can’t remember when you need to use them. You keep on forgetting their meaning. None of that matters.

  • How many hours a day will you spend with Spanish? This is perhaps the most important consideration and does not refer to how many hours do you spend in a Spanish language classroom. It means how much time do you spend listening, reading, speaking or writing in Spanish. It can be listening to podcasts while walking the dog, reading, watching movies, listening to songs in Spanish or being engaged in a conversation in Spanish. In some ways, exposure to Spanish outside the classroom can be more intense than exposure inside the classroom, unless you are lucky enough to have one-on-one instruction.

  • My hierarchy of goals is what I consider to be more important at what stage in my learning. There are seven of them and I’m going talk about the seven today, and then I’ve been giving some thought to doing one video on each of these seven goals. In other words, how do we achieve those goals? How do we use those goals to improve our ability in the language that we’re learning?

  • We live in an age where there are lots of distractions. The multiplicity of media has made it easy to be distracted from whatever task we are engaged with.

  • 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 20 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…

  • Why do I want to talk about perfection? First of all, I am a dilettante learner. I also recognize that there are people who need the language for professional reasons because they want to get into a school so that they’re not just dabbling in the language, exploring, having fun like I like to do, they actually need it. So how good do they need to be in the language?

  • Ser Vs Estar in Spanish February 17 2022

    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.   […]

  • I studied Mandarin Chinese 50 years ago. It took me nine months to reach a level where I could translate newspaper editorials from English to Chinese and from Chinese to English, read novels and interpret for people, I did this in the age of the open-reel tape recorder, long before the age of the Internet, […]

  • *** 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.   I have said in the past that the best and simplest judge of where you are in the language, of what you have achieved, of your potential in that language is […]

  • 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.

  • *** 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.   So many people I know listen to my videos and podcast to improve their English. English is, whether we like it or not, the most widely used international language. So there […]

  • 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.

  • I want to talk about history. Why history? Because history fascinates me. I realize that people watch my videos either because they’re working on improving their English or because they find my videos in some way motivating and encouraging and therefore encourages them to continue with learning languages, which in turn motivates me to make more videos.

  • Japanese, simply in terms of the vocabulary, the structure being very different from say English, if you’re an English speaker, is going to be more difficult. However, there are a number of things that make Japanese easier, in my opinion.

  • It’s not a good idea, in my opinion, to demand grammatical accuracy from language learners in school, because so few of them end up speaking the language. What does it matter whether they are able to nail niceties of grammar at the age of 12? To me, it doesn’t matter. If there’s some way of making them enjoy the process of language learning so that they expose themselves to the language, they develop some degree of comprehension, they develop a certain level of vocabulary, that’s good enough.

  • 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.

  • What are the main problems that I see amongst language learners? First of all, most people don’t realize how long it takes to learn a language. So people get frustrated. They get particularly frustrated when they get to that first level where all of a sudden they know a bunch of words and they realize just how little they know of the whole language.

  • A aprendizagem de línguas depende principalmente de três fatores: a atitude do aluno, o tempo disponível e a atenção do aluno à nova língua. Se assumirmos uma atitude positiva,  uma atenção razoável e crescente  por  parte do aluno, quanto tempo levará para aprender uma língua?