Reading is an essential, but sometimes overlooked, component to language learning. As language learners, we tend to put a lot of emphasis on speaking and rightfully so, as the goal for most of us is to be able to converse with other people. But what if you could boost your vocabulary and help solidify grammar without doing endless drills. Creating a habit of reading in your target language can help you do just that. Continue reading “Intensive Vs. Extensive: How to read effectively in your target language”
“Don’t talk to strangers”? – 5 Tips to start a conversation and boost your speaking confidence
As children, our parents always taught us never to talk to strangers. Don’t say hello to the man in the grocery store and don’t talk to the lady reading on the train. We all know the reasons for being cautious and protective of our children but why do most of us stand by this rule once we are adults? Continue reading ““Don’t talk to strangers”? – 5 Tips to start a conversation and boost your speaking confidence”
Step-by-step guide to the Goldlist Method
The Goldlist method, developed by David J. James, allows you to commit a large amount of vocabulary to your long-term memory through a relaxed and stress free process. This concept is based on the theory that small blocks of study time (approximately 20 minutes) separated by short breaks (about 10 minutes) used in conjunction with spaced repetition will allow you to bypass your short term memory and learn large quantities of vocabulary with relatively little effort. Continue reading “Step-by-step guide to the Goldlist Method”
Can you learn a new language with Harry Potter?
So you want to learn a new language but don’t want to spend hours conjugating verbs and reading about boring grammatical tenses. If you like to read and have a favourite book or series then The “Harry Potter Method” might be your ticket to conversational fluency! Continue reading “Can you learn a new language with Harry Potter?”
6 habits to make language learning part of your daily routine.
One of the most common excuses people have for not learning a language is that they just don’t have the time. But are we really too busy or are we just not using our time efficiently? We make time for the things that are important in our lives and the things that bring us happiness. If you make learning a new language a priority there is no reason you can’t reach your goals. Here are 5 habits to make learning a language part of your daily routine.
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