How to Learn Vocabulary Fast: The Power of Zipf’s Law

Zipf's law is a very powerful tool for people who want to know how to learn vocabulary fast

The human brain is wired to look for shortcuts. In language learning, such a shortcut is figuring out how to learn vocabulary fast. As I found out, you can get by very well despite a frightening Russian accent and no knowledge of grammar – but, alas, not without words. So every time I attack a … Read moreHow to Learn Vocabulary Fast: The Power of Zipf’s Law

How to pass The DELF B2: 15 Key Dos and Don’ts

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash. How to pass DELF B2

Taking a language proficiency test is like proposing a marriage: it shows that you’re serious about the relationship. I was as all hell serious about my relationship with French so the idea to pass the DELF B2 loomed on the horizon for quite a bit. I passed it on the first attempt which was quite … Read moreHow to pass The DELF B2: 15 Key Dos and Don’ts

Incidental Learning: How to learn vocabulary automatically

Incidental learning is something you do everyday. Learn how to use it for vocabulary learning. Photo by Jelleke Vanooteghem

Imagine that you’re reading a novel – in French – say, Citadelle by A. de Saint-Excupéry. As time passes, you slowly crawl your way through a forest of unfamiliar French words, conjugations, and expressions. You can say that you’ve read more of your French-English dictionary than of the novel, but I bet that was Exupéry’s … Read moreIncidental Learning: How to learn vocabulary automatically