Happy holidays and all that jazz. Let’s send the year off with one last introspection piece, shall we?
“What’s the point? Everyone will speak English in the future.”
Have you ever found yourself without an answer when people try to diminish the value of your effort? Read on to inoculate yourself against this kind of argument.
Just about everything has been said about Duolingo. That it’s amazing, that it sucks, that it’s lacking here, there and everywhere. That it’s the future, that it’s passé, that it didn’t help them and that it had them speaking in the bat of an eye. But honestly, what’s the lowdown on Duolingo? Read more
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that we all started from scratch, but it’s important that we do. Read on to find out why starting humbly is not such a bad thing.
Just why should you learn a language? How does it benefit you, and is it truly worth your time? I’ve spent quite a while wondering what the best reasons for learning a language are, and here’s what I came up with.
Since nobody’s perfect from the very beginning, I can imagine someone may’ve critized your accent, or your speed… but have they ever told you that you speak (A) like a (B)? Read more
Ever since I started learning languages as a hobby, I’ve been very focused on keeping a balance between all communicative abilities… which is why sometimes, it slightly annoys me when people want to skip steps to get further ahead with their language. Read more
People outside the so-called “internet polyglot” community may be blissfully unaware of this, but from the day somebody stood in front of the camera and claimed they could speak in more than two languages, there’s been a war on this perceived lack of modesty, and the objectives of most of the hate-bombs have been those who’ve dared to imply that learning a language isn’t a Herculean task. Insults fly, sensibilities are hurt, and people on all sides lose their motivation. Read more
We’re now seventeen days into September. That means we’re officially down to 105 days until 2015 (or 74, if you count hours spent sleeping)! Read more
Besides being a sempiternal student myself, one of my day-jobs is to tutor and guide language students down the treacherous path of the Spanish and Japanese languages. Read more