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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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  • 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.

  • There is a lot of learning material out there thanks to the Internet, libraries, and book stores. The trouble is finding content that suites you. In this video, I go ...
  • Continuing my Turkish journey, I want to talk about being active. I've been very active studying Turkish on LingQ as you will see and by doing so, I've made good ...
  • Language Learning Questions was uploaded onto Steve’s YouTube channel on Jan 13th, 2013   Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. I’m going to follow up with another video. I received a comment from a Miss Soule, who is a Canadian who is studying Korean and other languages from what I can gather from looking at her […]

  • Check out this video of an American speaking excellent Spanish, and I mean excellent. His name is Richard Vaughan, of the Vaughan language schools in Spain. (He should plug LingQ for me since I am plugging Vaughan, but then I was just so impressed…

  • People always say, "I want to learn the basics of a new language". Are there shortcuts, are the basics enough to get by? In this video, I share my thoughts and ...
  • In this video, I go over what I've been able to accomplish so far using LingQ. For example, growing my vocabulary and improving my listening. All this is part of ...
  • Language learning is a personal activity. I do it for myself. I learn the language for my own reasons and in my own ways. I focus my efforts on those aspects of the language that interest me the most. Confidence, strong motivation and a positive a…

  • The Mind of the Language Learner was uploaded onto Steve’s YouTube channel on December 27, 2018 Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here still in London enjoying a relaxed Christmas/New Year period with my son and his family, visiting with some of their friends and just enjoying being in London. Today I want to talk about what […]

  • For those who have been following my videos, I recently started learning a new language, Turkish. In this video, I wanted to continue sharing my thoughts when ...
  • Tips for learning a new language is a video I made to help you begin your journey to fluency. I'm starting Turkish but the language tips I discuss in this video can ...
  • Patience In Language Learning was uploaded onto Steve’s YouTube channel on August 10, 2015 Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. As you know, I like to talk about language learning. If you enjoy my channel, please subscribe. I try to put out a video at least once a week on tips or experience that I have […]

  • Linguists and Polyglots was uploaded onto Steve’s YouTube channel on May 29, 2012 Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. I’m back from my visit to Rarotonga, New Zealand and Australia and so today I want to talk about linguists because that always generates a lot of controversy. People criticize me for calling speakers of many languages […]

  • In this video, I talk with Constantine in Lviv about languages, LingQ, the city of Lviv, and everything in between. Enjoy. LingQ: https://www.lingq.com My blog: ...
  • In Ukraine, I met up with Solomija Buk to talk about word frequency and language learning. Solomija Buk Ukrainian Language and Culture School ...
  • Common English Mistakes: -ed and -ing Words was uploaded onto Steve’s YouTube channel on May 6, 2019 Hi there, Steve here. I’m no longer, for the time being, doing these coaching sessions. The 90-Day Challenge is over. But, today I want to talk about English and I’m going to do a number of videos about […]

  • 3 Stages of Language Acquisition  was uploaded onto Steve’s YouTube channel on May 13, 2019 Hi there, Steve Kaufmann. Today I want to talk about something that I think is very important, a question that I get all the time, and that is how long does it take to learn a language. I want to […]

  • In this video, I talk about the situation in eastern Ukraine and language learning. I speak in both Russian and Ukraine. Original Video: ...
  • How to Start Learning a New Language was uploaded onto Steve’s YouTube channel on December 23, 2012 Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. It’s the 23rd of December. My wife has been baking cookies and preparing for our Christmas dinner tomorrow night. All day long I’ve been wrapping presents, but I want to talk about something […]

  • Learning Words – How Many Do We Need To Know? was uploaded onto Steve’s YouTube channel on October 25, 2014 Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here again. Today I want to talk about words. It’s a subject that comes up all the time, how many words do we need to know? I guess I have two […]

  • Gabriel's Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5SNqMU8j9962mHKuYp4Zlw Today I speak with polyglot Gabriel Silva in several different languages ...
  • How do we develop the ability to notice in a new language? A couple of things that have helped me: Lots of reading and listening Highlighting words and ...
  • Return on Investment: Language Learning Efficiency has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  The original video was published on May 10, 2013   Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today I want to talk about return on investment or efficiency in language learning. What do I mean by return on investment? Well, when we learn a […]

  • The Details of Language Learning has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  The original video was published on July 30. 2013   Hi there, Steve Kaufmann, today I want to talk a little bit about the details of languages. The reason this comes up is because of the discussion we had when I put up […]

  • Article: https://blog.thelinguist.com/three-language-acquisition-stages Transcript: https://blog.thelinguist.com/language-acquisition-time-frame Today I talk about ...
  • It seems that nowadays if we don't agree with someone we are held to be close-minded or worse. Disagreement is healthy. We can listen to arguments and ...
  • Continuing my mini video series that talks about common mistakes in English. Today's video is going to be about English verb tenses and ways you can get ...
  • Patterns and Language Learning has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  The original video was published on May 29th, 2013     Listen to the audio and don’t forget to check out Steve’s podcast on iTunes or Soundcloud https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.lingq.com/resources/contents/audionorm/resources/contents/audio/2014/02/22/Patterns_and_La.a7e8c95ca259.mp3   Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. I’m going to talk about patterns and language learning and […]

  • Language Learning and Old Age has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  The original video was published on July 20. 2012     Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here again. Today I want to do a video about language learning and old age. I’m doing this because I received a comment on my YouTube channel from […]

  • Today I want to talk about some of the most common mistakes English learners make, more specifically, adding ed and ing to words. Learn English and other ...
  • In learning languages we need to engage in big picture learning, listening, reading and getting used to the words and sounds of the language. But we also need ...
  • How to Learn Words May 2 2019

    How to Learn Words has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  The original video was published on November 20, 2012     Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today I want to talk primarily about how I learn words because that was a request I had from one of the people who follows me here at […]

  • Learning Japanese Verb Endings has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  The original video was published on March 12, 2018   Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today I want to talk about Japanese verbs and Japanese verb endings, but first I want to make a confession.   I do these videos based on stuff that […]

  • Exit Video in Persian April 29 2019
    Here's an unedited online Persian/Farsi lesson I recently had with my tutor. I have recently been doing LingQ's 90 day challenge and studying Persian. This is ...
  • Join the LingQ Challenge: https://www.lingq.com/challenges Hi Everyone, Steve here. My 90 Day Challenge is finished. I'd like to thank everyone who tuned into ...
  • Join the LingQ Challenge: https://www.lingq.com/challenges Hi Everyone, Steve here. Join me as I study new languages on LingQ. Feel free to ask questions in ...
  • Language Learning, Talent or Attitude has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  The original video was published on May 6, 2012   My TV show came and went. I’m going to post a link here in that first opening box underneath my video. I can’t remember what they called it, but it was a program […]

  • Exit Video in Arabic April 24 2019
    Here's an unedited online Arabic lesson I recently had with my tutor. I have recently been doing LingQ's 90 day challenge and studying Arabic. This is my ...
  • Join the LingQ Challenge: https://www.lingq.com/challenges Hi Everyone, Steve here. Join me as I study new languages on LingQ. Feel free to ask questions in ...
  • Learning Four Languages at the Same Time has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  The original video was published on November 3, 2012   Click here to check out Steve’s Podcast https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.lingq.com/resources/contents/audionorm/resources/contents/audio/2014/09/07/Learning_four_l.bdacd0a4a1fe.mp3     Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. I often get asked about learning several languages or more than one language at once, do […]

  • Join the LingQ Challenge: https://www.lingq.com/challenges Hi Everyone, Steve here. Join me as I study new languages on LingQ. Feel free to ask questions in ...
  • Join the LingQ Challenge: https://www.lingq.com/challenges Hi Everyone, Steve here. Join me as I study new languages on LingQ. Feel free to ask questions in ...
  • If you do enough reading and listening in Spanish, you’re attentive to the language and you occasionally review this kind of explanation, (but rely largely on repeated exposure in different contexts), you will eventually be able to get that natural sense for Spanish verbs and you can master them.

  • Join the LingQ Challenge: https://www.lingq.com/challenges Hi Everyone, Steve here. Join me as I study new languages on LingQ. Feel free to ask questions in ...
  • Learning for Life April 17 2019
    Hi Everyone, This is the final video of my 90 day challenge. I talk about learning for life. Learning a new language is all about motivation, enjoyment, and ...
  • Polyglottery and Speaking More than One Language has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  The original video was published on April 30, 2012   Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today I’m going to talk about polyglottery and multilingualism. Polyglottery is a term that I became aware of only fairly recently. It’s a term coined, I […]

  • Join the LingQ Challenge: https://www.lingq.com/challenges Hi Everyone, Steve here. Join me as I study new languages on LingQ. Feel free to ask questions in ...
  • Language Learning Progress has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  The original video was published on August 13, 2013 Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today I want to talk about how we can make progress. How do we progress in language learning? To me, the answer is very simple. Keep moving. Move forward, that’s what […]

  • Welcome to week 11. When it comes to learning a language, or anything for that matter, the more curious you are about the subject, the more fun you'll have ...
  • Grammar: How Best to Study it has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  The Original video was published on April 24, 2013 Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today I want to talk about grammar. Now, often here at my channel there has been discussion of the importance of input and the need to deemphasize grammar […]

  • Join the LingQ Challenge: https://www.lingq.com/challenges Hi Everyone, Steve here. Join me as I study new languages on LingQ. Feel free to ask questions in ...
  • Join the LingQ Challenge: https://www.lingq.com/challenges Hi Everyone, Steve here. Join me as I study new languages on LingQ. Feel free to ask questions in ...
  • Hello, I had a lot of fun talking with Lindsay and using LingQ. This video was live streamed on her channel and I wanted to share it just in case you missed it.
  • Can we even learn the basics first? I find that I cannot do it. I just forge ahead and learn words and get used to the language? I think we need to cover a lot of ground, some new, some old. We need to explore new things, pushing the boundaries, w…

  • The Mind, the Brain and Language Learning has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  The Original video was published on April 9, 2013 Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. I recently did a video where I talked about how our emotions get in the way of our language learning, even though we would like to pronounce […]

  • Put the Language Dictionary Down has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  Original video was published on August 6, 2018   Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here to talk about languages and today I want to talk about dictionaries. Basically, the reason I want to talk about dictionaries is because I was thinking about this person […]

  • Arabic Dialects March 26 2019

    Arabic Dialects has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  Original video was published on July 5, 2018   Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. Today I’m going to talk about Arabic. I’m going to talk about the dialects or versions of Arabic and my strategy in learning Arabic.   Now, first of all, my interest in […]

  • Chinese Grammar is Not Difficult has been transcribed from Steve’s YouTube channel.  Original video was published on November 22, 2018     Hi there, Steve here. Today I want to talk a little bit about Chinese because we’re introducing traditional characters to LingQ. So people who are interested in learning traditional characters, they can get […]

  • 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 […]