Have you ever wondered about what makes good on-site language learning skills so valuable? If you’ve ever wondered what you’d get out of actually travelling to a place to learn the language, there’s nothing better than to ask someone who has. Today, guest poster Liam Barrett gives us his take on this matter.
“Wait, what?” you may say.
“I made the superhuman effort of clicking on all of two links to find your blog and discover the trick to learn a language real fast, and now you tell me Failure and I have to be chums? You fraud!”
Wait, don’t go yet! Click through to see why failures are not the villains people have told you they are.
I was born a linguistic wanderluster, which means I can’t help myself: I fly into a new language’s trap quicker than a bee does into a flower. But how many languages CAN one person study at the same time?
It’s been nine years since I started learning languages… so I figured I’d celebrate by sharing my best nine language learning resources! Read them, try them out, and then go on and share the wealth!
It’s said that children and adults just don’t learn languages in the same way. As a matter of fact, children acquire language so much easier! It’s not fair… is it? Today, guest poster Paul Mains accompanies us with a very clear explanation on what the difference is between “acquiring” and “learning” a language. Read more
On the very fertile topic of “problems within the polyglot community”… Read more
Today’s guest post was kindly written by Lindsay Dow (of Lindsay Does Languages). I wanted to hear the point of view of someone who has just started learning Japanese, and she kindly agreed! 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
A lot of people find their first (and some, their biggest and last) frustration, in not being able to express proper thoughts and ideas within a few months of starting a language. It’s only natural: we want to see results because they’re our way of confirming we haven’t been messing up so far. Read more