21 century: Is it still possible to learn a language by reading?

There’s a link between reading and language skills. And this link is so strong that many 20th century polyglots were able to learn a language by reading books, whether they had previous knowledge of their target language or started from the zero. The problem is that this technique, perfectly working for our kind a hundred … Read more 21 century: Is it still possible to learn a language by reading?

The French experiment: life-changing 50-days language challenge

50 days language challenge: mastering French

During the summer, I really wanted to work on my French so the idea to start a language challenge was with me for a long time. At the beginning of July, I finally launched my own little-weird-but-surprisingly-effective version of language experiment. It wasn’t about how much of the French I can learn in 50 days … Read more The French experiment: life-changing 50-days language challenge

Your Language Learning Game with Memrise: Review 2018

Thorough Memrse Review 2018: features, courses and pro modules

Memrise has long been one of my favorite language learning apps. I began using it in 2016 and saw how it evolved from the “learn-everything-with-flash-cards” software to the best language learning app on Android. So in this Memrise review, after using the app for more than 2 years and learning 4 languages, I’ll be talking … Read more Your Language Learning Game with Memrise: Review 2018

Following Your Passion For a Language Will Make You Waste Time

Passion for a language alone will do more harm than good

Every single language learning forum screams about the importance of the passion for a language you learn. Among the common statements are: “you can’t learn a language you don’t like“, “you should never even try to learn a language you’re not passionate about“, “passion in language learning is everything“, “go with languages you love” and … Read more Following Your Passion For a Language Will Make You Waste Time

How to learn vocabulary effectively: the power of context

Mastering the context is the simple answer on how to learn vocabulary effectively

Average adult knows 60 000 words but only 10% of them is a result of deliberate teaching. The rest 90% of words we know and understand comes from oral or written context. Master this technique (incoded in the scientific world as Context Vocabulary Acquisition) and you will find the answer on how to learn vocabulary effectively. And, … Read more How to learn vocabulary effectively: the power of context

How many words you need to learn to speak a language?

Do you know how many words you need to speak a language with ease?

Learning a language (at least in its initial phase) all comes to learning new vocabulary. And one of the first questions you want to ask yourself to downsize this overwhelming task is how many words you need (really need) to learn in order to understand and speak a foreign language. The answer may be not … Read more How many words you need to learn to speak a language?

What is the easiest language to learn?

In the search of the easiest language to learn

There are legends, that some languages are easier than others. What languages, why easier, and easier for whom – that’s another story. In this post, let’s go beyond urban legends and find what is this famous easiest language to learn. If you’ve been around someone who tried to learn a foreign language, you are probably … Read more What is the easiest language to learn?

10 000 Hour Rule and Language Learning: The Perfect Match

10 000 hour rule : powerful but misunderstood

I’m sure you’ve heard of the 10 000 hour rule. It jumps on you from books, podcasts, blog articles and Google results whenever you dare to ask how much time do you need to learn a skill. Or a language. And the number is so intimidating that it leaves you to options: forget about anything … Read more 10 000 Hour Rule and Language Learning: The Perfect Match

Translate songs: step-by-step guide to learning with music

Music is a power driving us to explore the languages we don’t know. And you can use this power to accelerate your language learning! How? Just start to translate songs. Music doesn’t know language barriers. It can make you mumble the lyrics on the language you don’t know and feel the meaning without translating a … Read more Translate songs: step-by-step guide to learning with music

Hyperproductive U: How to Use Commute Time to Learn a Language

It’s early morning, and you’re already packed in that bus/train/subway for at least a half-an-hour. A-a-a-a-argh. But did you thought that it can be a huge advantage on your way to fluency? Let’s see how many options you have to use this time to learn a language. Allons-y! If you live in a big city, … Read more Hyperproductive U: How to Use Commute Time to Learn a Language