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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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  • 英会話はもうやめましょう!興味のない話を興味ないもの同士で話したところで会派は弾みません。興味のある内容で継続すべきです. Learn a new language on LingQ: ...
  •     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.   *** Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here today, again talking about language learning as usual. That’s what I like to do twice a week here on this channel and […]

  • It's always fun to practice a language we are learning with a native speaker, wherever we may find them. We shouldn't be disappointed, however, if they reply in ...
  • Почему люди учат малые языки - Какие малые языки планируется добавить в LingQ - Какой малый язык хотел бы выучить Стив - Будет ли в LingQ ...
  •   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.    *** Hi there. Hopefully, this is going. Let me see. Yeah. I can’t really see too well because the sun is in my face. Today, I want to talk […]

  • In learning languages, we discover all the many ways that people from different cultures are the same. During the process of discovering this we can learn a new ...
  • 我用了12种语言打招呼,大家快来康康你们听出来了几种吧。
  •   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.  ***   Steve: Hi Gabby.   Gabby: Hi Steve.   Steve: So, I’m very happy to have with me today Gabby of Go Natural English because very often we talk about learning […]

  • I will do a video at the end of each month. My main goal is improved comprehension and vocabulary. But of course we all want to be able to speak. Learn a new ...
  • In order to speak well we need to speak a lot. My major objectives in speaking to a tutor several times a week are 1) motivation and 2) an increased awareness ...
  • ポッドキャストは、語学学習コンテンツの貴重な情報源です。 興味のあるテーマに関するポッドキャストを見つけることがで簡単。 このビデオでは、私がそれをどのように使って ...
  • Learning English is sometimes different from learning other languages. It's often learned out of need or obligation, rather than interest. I discuss this with Gabby ...
  •   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.    ***   Hi there, Steve here again, Steve Kaufmann to talk about language learning. Again, I remind you, if you enjoy these videos, please subscribe. You can even click […]

  • Maintaining a positive attitude and continuing to stay on task are key to language learning success. In this video I talk about managing expectations. Learn a ...
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  • Charlène et moi discutons de l'apprentissage des langues, parfois des langue très proches l'une à l'autre, comme le français et l'espagnol, et parfois des ...
  • 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 […]

  • We should never underestimate the power of passive vocabulary. A broad passive vocabulary is the key to increased engagement with a language, more ...
  • Learn English Without Studying Modal Verbs I want to briefly cover modal verbs because very often I get asked the following:   How can I get better, more accurate in my use of modal verbs?   I get other very specific questions related to aspects of English or other languages. Well, my advice is you […]

  • 英語でモーダル動詞を勉強する必要はありません。 英語でたくさん読めば、聞けば、使えば、英語に慣れるてくる。自然的にmodal verbsにも慣れてくる。 Learn a new ...
  • When we learn languages we have to value the time we are spending. We have to value the moment. We have to learn in the moment. Learn a new language ...
  • I am asked this question regularly from my YouTube and blog viewers. if I would recommend learning two languages at the same time or not. Well, first of all, a person who is learning one language and wants to learn another language or even a third language is something that I fully understand and fully endorse.

  • Internet ha cambiado la forma en que aprendemos idiomas. Nate ayuda a las personas a aprender español e inglés. Él es parte de esta nueva ola.
  • The myth is that there exists a battle in language learning: introverts vs. extroverts, and that extroverts are the better language learners. I do not believe at all that you need to be an extrovert to learn a language. Language learning comes down to the three keys: number one, attitude. You have to be interested in the language. You have to like the language. You have to believe you’re going to achieve your goal.

  • The modal verb, the "would, should, might" etc. type of verb, is a staple of English as a second language instruction. In order to become comfortable using these ...
  • Quando impari l'italiano arricchisci la tua cultura, le tue conoscenze e anche la tua personalità, per sempre. Conversazione con Marta, tutor di italiano online.
  • I go live with more than 100 LingQ members to mark the beginning of the LingQ Language Challenge. Want to make a breakthrough in your target language?
  • 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…

  • Shelby and I discuss the upcoming LingQ 90 day challenge, for her in French, and for me in Arabic. We do it mostly in French. She did so well, after just 12 ...
  • できないと思うならば、おそらくできないでしょう。 例えば何かを見つけようとするときに、たぶんそちらにないだろうと思えば、見当たらない。言語を学ぶときでもそうです。
  • 5 Reasons to Learn Greek August 25 2020

    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 […]

  • Muchos hispanohablantes van a Alemania a vivir y trabajar. Martín tiene un canal a Youtube que les ayuda, sobre todo con el idioma, El Jardín de Martín.
  • At the age of 55, I decided to learn Cantonese. I had studied Mandarin and could read Chinese characters, but I needed to develop the ability to understand how Chinese characters were pronounced in Cantonese. I went through a period of six months of intensive listening. That was when I discovered the minidisk player. For […]

  • We should listen repeatedly to simple content when we begin a language, to get a sense of the language and even from time to time after that, to allow our brain ...
  • 言語学習の成功は、多くの主観的な要因に依存するのです。、先生、教室、テキストなどに依存しません。 私たちは自分の成果を左右します。 Learn a new language on ...
  •   The first thing about Chinese is that it’s not as difficult as people say. It has certain difficulties. I would say difficulty number one is the characters. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a matter of staying with it and doing it every day; finding a system that works for you. I think […]

  • Success in language learning doesn't depend on the teacher, the classroom, the textbook as much as it depends on a number of subjective factors. We are in ...
  • Ser Vs Estar in Spanish August 4 2020

    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.   […]

  • Any language content is just a random sample of the characteristics of that language. We still have to learn a lot of words, and continue exposing ourselves to ...
  • One of the areas of language learning that will improve over the next five years is the availability of intermediate level content. Not too boring, not too simple and ...
  •   Today I want to write about Japanese verbs and Japanese verb endings, but first I want to make a confession.   I write these blog posts based on topics that cross my mind for whatever reason. I write them without an awful lot of planning because I find that, when it comes to language […]

  • One thing I have learned through my travels and through language learning is that nowhere is remote. Wherever we are, whatever language we speak, that is ...
  • 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 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 “where”, […]

  • 日本では話す前によく聞くという良い習慣あります。これは言語学習に役立ちます。In life as in language learning it is better to listen well before you speak. Learn a ...
  • Working with French learner Shelby to develop a guided learning approach that moves through stages & can work for other languages, say a Brazilian learning ...
  • I studied Chinese in 1968. At the time I was working for the Canadian Government, the Ministry of Trade and Commerce’s Trade Commissioner Service to be exact. Canada was preparing to recognize the People’s Republic of China and decided that they needed to train some officials in Mandarin. I was sent to Hong Kong to […]

  • Learning languages is essentially a subconscious process. I saw these words in a LinkedIn post from a group I belong to that includes language teachers. The topic of discussion was how grammar instruction and error correction don’t have as much impact on language learning success as is traditionally imagined. This is a concept that leading […]

  • Si vous allez apprendre le japonais, vous devez décider pourquoi vous voulez apprendre la langue. J’ai appris le japonais car mon travail m’y a emmené en 1971. J’y ai vécu pendant 9 ans, principalement pendant les années 70. J’ai appris au Japon, immergé dans la langue, seul, surtout en écoutant, lisant et utilisant le japonais […]

  • What is CI? 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?  Comprehensible […]

  • Будучи полиглотом, т.е. человеком, который говорит на многих языках, мне нравится пользоваться этими языками: мне нравится сам процесс. Но тут присутствует элемент шоу. А ты лучше меня? Или я лучше тебя? Некоторым людям нравится этот элемент в процессе изучения языка. Мне кажется, многие из нас, на самом деле, очень рады слышать, когда кто-то говорит лучше […]

  • English Grammar 101 June 23 2020

    In order to speak English well you need to learn how words are used and how they come together to form phrases and sentences. Only a lot of listening and reading can help you learn this. You need to train yourself to notice how the words are used when you listen and read.

  • 私にとってフランス語は、英語以外で流暢な話者になれた初めての言語でした。私はフランス語を聴くのが大好きで、発音が美しければ尚更です。フランス語の美しい発音を習得するのは、フランス語学習者が直面する課題のひとつだと思います。いくつか提案がありますので、学習の手助けになれば光栄です。 フランス語の文字の発音に関しては、オンラインで情報が簡単に手に入るので詳しくは説明しません。ただここでお勧めするのは、このようなソースを頻繁に参照して重要な詳細を思い返すことです。アクセントが「e」の発音に影響するという事実や、単語が並ぶ位置によっては多くの文字が発音されないことなど、あなた自身で調べられる詳細に注意を傾けましょう。

  • 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.

  • J’ai appris le mandarin il y a 50 ans. Il m’a fallu 9 mois pour atteindre un niveau où je pouvais traduire des journaux de l’anglais au chinois et du chinois à l’anglais, lire des romans et être d’interprète. J’ai fait cela au temps des magnétophones à bobine, bien avant l’âge de l’internet, des dictionnaires […]

  • Conversation implies a two-way exchange of language. Therefore, reaching a conversational level implies quite a high level of comprehension of the language so that we can understand what is being said to us. That means in order to converse properly we need to prepare ourselves.

  • Wie lange braucht man, um Spanisch zu lernen? Wie lange dauert es generell, irgendeine Sprache zu lernen? Ich höre diese Frage ziemlich oft und es gibt keine universelle Antwort darauf. Es liegt ganz an dir. Das US-amerikanische Foreign Service Language Institut (FSI) hat einige Zahlen bezüglich der Stunden, die erforderlich sind, um verschiedene Sprachen zu […]

  • 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.

  • ポリグロット、つまり多言語に通じる者として、私は自分の話せる言語を使うのが好きです。自分の出来具合を見るをが好きです。しかしパフォーマンスの要素というのがありますね。あなたは私より上手?私はあなたより上手?気になりますか? 一部の人たちは言語学習の要素を楽しみます。私たちの多くは誰かが自分より上手く話すのを聞くと、実際とてもハッピーな気持ちになるんです。称賛の気持ちでいっぱいになります。例えひとつの言葉しか話さない人でも、とても上手に話す人には畏敬の念を抱きます。しかしもちろん、皆が皆そのような反応をするとは限りません。中には自分の言語レベルを見せることに臆病になる人もいます。

  • To paraphrase Tolstoy, all happy language learners resemble each other. They develop a passion for the language they are learning. Each unhappy language learner, on the other hand, finds his or her own reason to be turned off. I got turned on to French flair long ago and my passion for French has stayed with […]

  • If you really want to learn English fast, here is what you do. This advice is valid for other languages as well. The only difference between English and other languages is that most people learning English have had a lot of classroom instruction, which is not usually the case for learners of other languages.   […]