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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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  • Visit LingQ: https://goo.gl/mwR69U My Blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lingosteve My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lingosteve In this video I talk...
  • I have been asked to redo the recording for this podcast that I did over two years ago. Here it is again. This evening I have to give a short talk in Japanese to about 30 members of the Japan-Canada Chamber of Commerce. I am a Director of this Cha…

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  • Many people, at some time or another, say they want to learn another language. Few manage to get beyond a beginner level.   Most of these unsuccessful learners have language teachers explaining the language to them, drilling them and correcting them. Successful language learners don’t need anyone to explain the language to them, correct them, […]

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  • Visit LingQ: https://goo.gl/JMuQ4v My Blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lingosteve My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lingosteve This is a question...
  • Independent learning is the most important issue in education today, and in many ways the most elusive or difficult issue to deal with.  More than class size, teacher accreditation, or the latest innovations in teaching methodology, developing independent learning habits, in other words, self-learning, in students, and teachers, should be the main preoccupation of educators, […]

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  •   I think that children learn faster than adults. There is ample evidence of this, for example amongst immigrants to Canada. Rare is the immigrant family where the children don’t speak English, or French, much better than their parents.   Can Adults Learn More Like Children? I also think, however, that adults can learn how […]

  • Visit LingQ: https://goo.gl/pXA4Lt My Blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lingosteve My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lingosteve I am an optimist and...
  • Canadian government announces $2.5 Billion over 5 years for official languages and predicts that bilingualism outside Quebec will go from 6.6% to 6.7% by 2030. https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-her...
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  • Have you been studying a language for a while? Are you still afraid to speak ? Follow the Language Learner’s Manifesto and become confident and FLUENT in your chosen language.

  • Visit LingQ: https://goo.gl/wqDuKz My Blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lingosteve My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lingosteve In this video I talk...
  • Visit LingQ: https://goo.gl/zfdwgP My Blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lingosteve My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lingosteve Everyone learns to...
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  • 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…

  • Visit LingQ: https://goo.gl/Rjt9P2 My Blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lingosteve My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lingosteve When I was learning...
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  • The dominant position of English as an international language seems to create controversy in certain circles. Some French people for example, resent the increasing importance of English in the European community. Claude Hagège is a spokesman for this point of view. French used to be the language of diplomacy and the preferred language of international exchange. […]

  • Visit LingQ: https://goo.gl/5pZGEU My Blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lingosteve My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lingosteve Aristotle once said...
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  • What Is Literacy? March 6 2018

    We have literacy proliferation these days. I just Googled emotional literacy, physical literacy, health literacy, social literacy, and different kinds of literacy. I was amazed at what I found.   So what is literacy? To me literacy means the ability to read. The invention of writing is one of mankind’s most useful creations. With writing, we can record things. […]

  • Visit LingQ: https://goo.gl/FwXq5x My Blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lingosteve My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lingosteve As I study Arabic,...
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  • 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.

  • Visit LingQ: https://goo.gl/8pP3UA My Blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lingosteve My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lingosteve In today's video I...
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  • 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…

  • Visit LingQ: https://goo.gl/2CsYWA My Blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lingosteve My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lingosteve In this video I talk...
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  • The goal of fluency in a foreign language can often seem vague and elusive. It is not always clear what fluency means. Those who have not experienced the feeling of achieving fluency in another language doubt they can get there, and doubt they would know if they did. Learners often feel they are not making […]

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  • Tips for Learning Russian February 7 2018

    I wanted give some important tips for learning Russian. First I’ll explain about the writing system, then some interesting things to remember about Russian verbs of motion, aspects of verbs and cases.

  • Visit LingQ: https://goo.gl/mngD6M My Blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lingosteve My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lingosteve It's important to...
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  • When I wrote my book The Linguist: A Personal Guide to Language Learning, I began with what I called ‘The Parable of the Crooked Tree’. The author of the parable was Zhuangzi, an early exponent of Taoism, a school of Chinese philosophy from over 2,000 years ago. I referred to Taoism on a number of occasions in my book. Zhuangzi’s basic principle in life was to follow what was natural, what was effortless and not try to force things.

  • Visit LingQ: https://goo.gl/3tGfxJ My Blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lingosteve My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lingosteve It's important to...
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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.

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  • French was my first love when it comes to languages. In fact, there’s an expression in French: “On revient toujours a son premier amour.” It means you always go back to your first love. I love French; I love all the languages that I learn, but I have a special affection for French.
    I highly recommend learning French for beginners. There’s a whole world that you can access so much better if you speak French. The language is spoken in other countries like Canada.

  • Visit LingQ: https://goo.gl/2DR9k7 My Blog: http://blog.thelinguist.com My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lingosteve My Twitter: https://twitter.com/lingosteve When starting out in...
  • 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.

  • Can I become fluent in a foreign language? If your answer to this question is no, then you are best to stop trying. If you don’t believe that you can reach the destination in your journey, why start? On the other hand, if you believe you can become fluent in a foreign language, you are well on your way to achieving fluency.

  • How to Learn Vocabulary Fast December 26 2017

    The most important task in language learning, in my opinion, is the acquisition of vocabulary. If we have enough words, we can make sense of what we’re reading or listening to and we can somehow express ourselves. Vocabulary is much more important than grammar. The grammar you acquire gradually as you become familiar with the language, […]

  • I love learning languages. When I start a new language I am motivated by the sense of anticipation that after a period of sustained effort, I will be able to connect with a new culture, and express myself in a new language. I am probably more motivated than most people. Nevertheless, there are many moments […]

  • Create Your Own Dictionary December 12 2017

    When it comes to learning a new language, some learners like dictionaries. They read them. They treasure them. They worry about getting the best possible dictionary. I don’t like using dictionaries. Using them is like one-way love.

  • El aprendizaje independiente es el tema más importante en la educación hoy en día, y en muchos sentidos, el más difícil de tratar.  Más que el tamaño de las clases, la acreditación de los profesores o las últimas innovaciones en metodología de enseñanza, el desarrollo de hábitos de aprendizaje independientes, es decir, el autoaprendizaje, en […]

  • I studied Czech a few years ago so my statistics at LingQ for that language are not current. However, the statistics from my recent Polish challenge illustrate the fact that we can learn or add to our “known words” total well over 100 words a day. In fact in the case of Polish (since I know other Slavic languages) it is over 300 words a day. You can learn 100 words a day, if you are willing to put in the time.

  • It is tempting to believe that we can just acquire a small number of very useful words and sort of get a jump start in a foreign language. I have never found that to be the case. Of course we need to learn key words like “I”, “you”, “he” and “she” and the like, or […]

  • Why English is Important November 21 2017

    People often want to know the best language to learn to get ahead in life. Many think that learning English, the international language, is the best option. English is of course an excellent choice, but I have to say it’s difficult for me to suggest just one language when my successes in life have come from […]

  • What is active and passive vocabulary? A learner’s passive vocabulary is the words that they understand but don’t use yet. Active vocabulary, on the other hand, is the words that learners understand and use in speaking or writing.

    When learning a language, should we focus more on developing an ability to speak or on building up our understanding of the language? This is a common question language learners ask, especially at the beginning of their language learning journey. Here are my views.

  • 5 Reasons to Learn Greek November 7 2017

    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 […]

  • I think Spanish is one of the most attractive languages to learn. We can all be motivated to learn a specific language like Mongolian or Finnish because we have a friend or a particular interest. Spanish is different: there are a number of real big advantages to learning Spanish.

  • Listening comprehension is the base skill, in my view. We have to understand in order to be able to have conversations with people. If we have good listening skills, speaking skills are easier to develop. Here is an exchange on this subject from our Forum at LingQ.   Hi Steve: I have a few weeks […]

  • La gente a menudo me pregunta cómo he aprendido 17 idiomas. Te diré lo que funciona para mí. Tendrás que decidir si esto puede funcionar para ti.   1. Dedícale tiempo El primer secreto para tener éxito en el aprendizaje de un idioma es dedicarle tiempo. Cuando estudio un idioma, paso al menos una hora […]

  • I want to cover the issue of input-based learning that I have spoken about in two past YouTube videos in Chinese and Japanese. It goes by different names but basically amounts to spending most of your time on listening, reading, working on your vocabulary and becoming familiar with the language rather than on output-activities or grammar-focused activities.