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How to Motivate Yourself in Language Learning

Motivation is one of the key factors to effectively learning a language, and learning a language takes a lot of work, and sometimes a lot of motivation. No matter how much we like or love learning (or have to learn), there are periods of time where we seem to burn out and want to stop…

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The Struggles and Perks of Learning Lesser Studied Languages

*Please excuse my face on the front cover photo. Thank you.  Every language learner faces struggles, whether you have neighbors that speak your target language or whether they speak your target language half way across the world. Each of us face our own individual struggles as language learners, but there are a few struggles (and…

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Things You Don’t Learn in a Language Class (Usually)

Language classes usually consist of, well, language learning. You learn the grammar, how to listen and speak, how to read and write, you learn how to communicate. But when you take your skills outside of the classroom, do you realize how little you know? And I’m not talking about language-wise, I’m talking about everything else-wise.…

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Language Learning: A Guide for Shy People

Almost one year ago, I write a post called What it’s like Loving Languages and Being Shy, which was more of a personal post than anything. Since birth I have been “plagued” with shyness and sometimes I throw my hands up in frustration and shout to the sky “WHY DO I LOVE LANGUAGES BUT WHY…

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Linguistics Classes: The Good, The Bad, The Agglutinating

I’m currently finishing up the last three weeks of coursework to get my undergraduate degree in Applied Linguistics from a university in the United States. I wanted to write a little blurb about my classes and my experiences to give you a view of what kind of classes linguistics majors take, for those of you…

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How to Wake up a Dormant Language

If you’re one of those language learners who likes to pile up the languages you know, chances are you have a dormant language (or languages) stored up in the attic of your brain with cobwebs and dust surrounding it. And if you know as many languages as I think you do, it’s perfectly natural to…

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The Difference Between a Linguist and a Language Learner

If you geek out over languages like I do, you probably have heard of the term linguistics or linguist. Upon coming to my new university, I’ve had the opportunity to enroll myself in my first linguistics course, and after my third class it’s obvious how different the terms and definition of linguist and language learner are.…