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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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  • If we focus on reading in the language we are learning, we will always have the opportunity to interact with the language, to refresh our skills and to learn ...
  • 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…

  • There are so many different kids of Arabic: Egyptian Arabic, Levantine Arabic, Iraqi Arabic, Gulf Arabic, North African Arabic, Hassaniya Arabic, Najdi Arabic, ...
  • Sometimes it's fun to interview people who just share my love of languages. Here I talk to polyglot Lina Vasquez who speaks 8 languages. Lina's YouTube: ...
  • 英語を上達させるために中国語を勉強すればいい.
  •   Some people will say, geez Steve, you used to say you should focus entirely on one language. I did used to say that, but a number of things have changed.   I have come to realize that the more you focus on one thing, you try to nail one thing, you stay with one […]

  • Récemment j'ai eu l'occasion de parler avec Johan Tekfak, fondateur de Français Authentique. Voir le Texte comme leçon à LingQ: ...
  • The Definition of a Polyglot November 26 2019

    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.

  • Studying three languages at the same time requires time management. Here are my thoughts on how to manage your time. Learn a new language on LingQ: ...
  • Memory and Language Learning November 21 2019
    Memory is greatly over-rated as a factor in language learning success. Learn a new language on LingQ: https://www.lingq.com Get my 10 Secrets of Language ...
  • 英語の聞き流しは有効的な勉強方法ですけれども条件があります.
  • Language learning is full of contradictions. Best to be aware of them. Learn a new language on LingQ: https://www.lingq.com Get my 10 Secrets of Language ...
  • 言葉を勉強するために動機が必要ですけれども、それだけじゃない。 Learn a new language on LingQ: https://www.lingq.com Get my 10 Secrets of Language ...
  • Can We Sound Like a Native? November 7 2019
    Can we end up sounding like a native in a language we are learning? Highly unlikely. Learn a new language on LingQ: https://www.lingq.com Get my 10 ...
  • 極端の言語学習方法 November 6 2019
    毎日300単語勉強するチャレンジ Learn a new language on LingQ: https://www.lingq.com Get my 10 Secrets of Language Learning: https://www.thelinguist.com.
  • I have decided on a new approach to learning three languages at once. I will create 100 LingQs a day in each language. Luca's blogpost on the subject: ...
  • わざとTOEICの為に勉強するよりも自分の脳に任せて、たくさん読んで、たくさん聴いて、英語を楽しむことが効果的だ。 Learn a new language on LingQ:...
  • While in Japan for the Polyglot Conference I had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with AJ Hoge of Effortless English. AJ Hoge's Effortless English: ...
  • Second last day in Japan. I reflect on my experience here, met many proficient Japanese polyglots at the Polyglot Conference. But there is another reality here, ...
  • French was the first language where I was able to transform myself into a fluent speaker of another language, other than English. I love listening to French when it is spoken well. I think acquiring good French pronunciation is one of the challenges that French learners face, and so I would like to offer a […]

  • There is much talk about different learning styles and one size doesn't fit all in language learning. I disagree. I feel we all learn the same way. We may like ...
  • In this video I talk about how to make learning languages easier. The easier it is for us to learn a language, the more likely it is that we are going to stick with it ...
  • I have come to realize that there is a point at which, when learning one language at a time, the learning efficiency declines. This is why I have started to study ...
  • On my last day in Spain I want to share with you my tips on learning Spanish: things you should consider and how best to go about it. I did lots of media ...
  • The European Day of Languages September 30 2019
    Languages enrich our lives. The more languages that are spoken in the world the greater this richness is. We can all learn to speak many languages and enjoy ...
  • I am increasingly convinced that the fact that I have worked on so many languages, 11 in the past 12 years, has made me "language fit". The more languages I ...
  • I want to talk about blogging and podcasts as a means of enriching your language learning content, variety and, particularly, as a step from beginner material to the more difficult, more demanding material. I recently did a “Streak with Steve” live stream video. We’re encouraging people to commit to maintaining a streak at LingQ, so […]

  • Language learning takes time. We need to be realistic. However, whatever effort we put into language learning gives a tremendous return. There is no failure.
  • I worked hard on my Croatian, but since arriving here I have found it very difficult to use the language at all. In this video I talk about why I think this was a ...
  • For the last week I’ve been studying Serbo-Croatian. We have the Serbian mini stories at LingQ, so I’ve been at it for a week. I’m going to try to speak, obviously, when I’m in Croatia. I’m going to try to understand. That’s why I’m trying to learn as much of the language as I can […]

  • Today I want to talk about English, the most widely-studied language in the world with the largest number of second language speakers. It’s become the international language of communication, business, even science. So, lots of people learning English. I think lots of people are stuck at a level in English where they would like to […]

  • In this video I interview Hugo from InnerFrench, a wonderful source of interesting authentic intermediate content for French learners. Language learners need ...
  • Blogs and Podcasts are excellent language learning content, especially when used as a step from beginner to more demanding material. What are some of your ...
  • I want to talk about learning three languages at the same time or several languages at the same time. How do we keep them, how do we not forget them and what do we do when we do forget them?  I finished my three months of Turkish. I went from zero to the level that […]

  • Today I’m going to talk about the pace — the amount of time, with what intensity we study languages and things that influence that. I’m going to start by confessing that I haven’t been doing much Arabic learning the last little while.  First of all, the reason for that is I had a new floor […]

  • Want to know my routine? More than 2/3 of my learning time is listening, 1/4 is reading, the rest is word review & sometimes looking up grammar. Easy and ...
  • Why Learn Languages? September 5 2019
    Why do I learn languages? To learn about people and cultures, for travel, to communicate, because it's fun and because it's easier than ever. How about you?
  • I have previously talked about whether people are vocabulary builders or vocabulary memorizers and I sort of said that memorizers spend a lot of time with Anki decks or lists and try to nail down vocabulary and that is a large part of their language learning. Vocabulary builders prefer to let the vocabulary accumulate through […]

  • Today I want to talk about how language learning has become so much easier today and how it’s going to continue to become easier. First of all, LangFest was a great four or five days for me in Montreal. It’s such a wonderful bilingual city, multilingual city. The people at the conference, of course, there’s […]

  • Exit Video in Turkish September 3 2019
    After 3 months of studying Turkish, here's my exit video where I speak with my tutor.
  • I’m going to stray a little bit from my usual focus on language learning and I’m going to talk about education, in general. I’m going to talk universities and, specifically, refer to the strikes that we’re experiencing here in Canada in the Province of Quebec where university students have been striking for weeks now in […]

  • Because learning languages is a big part of success, people who don’t enjoy learning languages are less likely to be successful. You can’t force yourself to do something that involves your emotions, involves a commitment to sort of imitating another language and culture and getting outside of the comfort of your language, one that you’re […]

  • I’m often asked, how many languages do you speak? I think many polyglots are asked this question and it’s a difficult question to answer because we can have varying degrees of knowledge of languages. Some languages we can just speak right away. If you ask me to say something in my stronger languages I can […]

  • I’m often asked, how long does it take to learn a language, which language is the easiest to learn, are some languages easier than others and so forth, so here’s my take on what makes languages easier. The first thing is how much similar vocabulary is there. If you are an English speaker learning French […]

  • I want to continue on the subject of correction because it seems to generate quite a bit of interest from people commenting on my YouTube channel. People say why are you so sensitive about people who correct you and how will people ever improve if they aren’t corrected, these kinds of things. Now, I apologize […]

  • How do you start a language from scratch? What is your process to learn a language? Obviously, right now I’m focusing on four Slavic languages. I have studied all those four languages to varying degrees before, so I’m not starting from scratch. In fact, the last language I started from scratch I guess was Ukrainian, […]

  • I want to talk about language learning, the basics that is. The basics in a language are important. It is important to speak correctly, it is important to focus on key patterns, key phrases, key ways of saying things, phrases and patterns and structures that come up all the time, it’s just not possible to […]

  • I want to talk today, in the subject of language learning, about something that’s kind of been running around in my mind. I come up with all these things that are the key to language learning and I may have used this before, I don’t know, but it suddenly dawned on me that the most […]

  • This morning I played hockey. I play Old Timers Hockey three times a week. Monday and Friday we have like a pickup situation. We have a blue team and a gold team. One of our members makes up a lineup and we go there and we find out whether we’re blue or gold. Ten on […]

  • Today I want to talk about three months because three months comes up quite often. We have our 90-day challenges at LingQ. I have done quite a few. I have done it in Polish, in Korean, in Arabic and Persian and maybe some other, I can’t remember. We had the 3 Months to Fluency that […]

  • I don’t think it takes any special talent to learn multiple languages. Some people may do better than others, but everyone can do it. Some may pronounce better, some may have a larger vocabulary, different people have different interests, but everyone is capable of doing it. It’s an extremely rewarding thing to do.

  • I’m going to talk about the third in my series which I call the language learning tripod. The first one was to have the right attitude. That’s key and I went into some detail about the kind of attitude you need to have. The second was to spend enough time, but even if you spend […]

  • Today I’m going to continue to talk about my series of three videos on what I call the tripod, the three legs that you have to stand on to succeed in language learning, the three keys or whatever you want to call them, the trilogy. There are three, the first one was your attitude so […]

  • I often hear this question from adult learners. Sometimes my followers on Youtube, Facebook, or Twitter bring this up. In fact, not so long ago I had the following request from one of my followers.

    “I want to do some research on the problems of older language learners and see what I can do to help them.”

    I replied by asking. “What do you consider to be an older language learner?” His answer “over 40”.

  • Today I want to talk about what I’ve call the three keys of language learning. Let’s call them the tripod, the tripod of language learning. It’s ‘A’ – Attitude, ‘T’ – Time and ‘N’ – the ability to Notice. You could also call it attentiveness, but it’s the ability to notice, which is something we […]

  •     Hi there, Steve Kaufmann. Today I’m going to try to be a little controversial. I am sure that I will generate a lot more ‘thumbs down’ than I have in the past. I’m going to talk about linguistics and language learning and the reason is that I discovered through the Internet a person […]

  • Yesterday, July 4th, was the American national holiday. July 1st was the Canadian national holiday. Since I’m retired, I’m not much affected by holidays. Amongst the various activities that I enjoy, as you probably know, is language learning. When it’s sunny I have less time available for language learning, I’m doing other things, like golfing.  […]

  • This video was first published on January, 30th 2012   Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here again at my blog The Linguist on Language and, of course, the website LingQ.com. Today, I want to talk about something that has been on my mind and it has to do with the importance of good language content. Content […]

  • This video was first published on 29 Jul 2012 First of all, I should say that I have my son and his family visiting from London, so I have two additional little grandchildren. I have one son, Mark, who lives here and he has three kids and my son, Eric, who lives in London, has […]