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Language-Learning for the Busy Person

Let’s be honest…learning a language takes up a lot of time. One of the most stand-out excuses for not learning a language is “I don’t have time.” That may be true, especially if you’re in school, are working, or have a lot of responsibilities. Even if you have to take a break from officially studying languages,…

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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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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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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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How to Learn Basic Japanese

My experience with Japanese is probably a little bit more “mixed” than most people’s. I didn’t really have to start studying it until it came to reading and writing, because I was bilingual by the time I started talking as a child. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t call Japanese a particularly easy language to learn, but hopefully…

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How to Not Mix Up your Languages

When people find out I’m learning multiple languages, one of the first questions they ask me is, “You don’t get confused?” Even my English professor asked me that. In front of the whole class. I may be learning multiple languages at the same time, but all my levels are different. I studied Spanish for 3…

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How to Learn to Like a Language

Beyond high school or maybe even university, there’s a small margin of chance you’ll end up studying a language you don’t really like. Maybe you have to relocate for work, maybe you want to learn a little bit before you go traveling, maybe your significant other has a different first language…whatever it may be, you…

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How to Learn a Language You Know Nothing About

It is more or less relatively easy to learn languages within a certain family. I effortlessly passed from learning Spanish to Portuguese without much difficulty, but when I think about learning Russian, the idea is kind of daunting. Why? Because I know nothing about Russian. Their writing system is different, I don’t know anything about…

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How to Learn a Language By Yourself (For “Cheaters”)

“Learning a language by myself,” isn’t something that’s heard very often, because most times I feel that it is considered to be purely academic. However, I have personally have come across this because I engage in language-learning activities which allows me to meet like-minded individuals, and by coincidence I have met people who wish to enrich…