Let me share with you one of my favorite TED talks on language learning, mountain hiking, yarnbombing and beating Guinness records. That’s the best preface to this post because nobody will explain the power of marginal adjustments better than Stephen Duneier: Ideas that work find their application everywhere in the life. Stephen Duneier doesn’t talk … Read more Marginal adjustments: the winning strategy for language learning & more
Reading in a foreign language is not that simple as it sounds. On initial stages, your target language literally stands between you and the book, making it hard, boring and incomrehensible. But there’s a way to make your reading task easier and actually more effective. That’s exactly what I’m going to share with you today: … Read more Reading in a Foreign Language: 3 Neuroscience Hacks to Better Learning
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?
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
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
One rainy evening I sat down to watch The Intouchables in French with the full confidence that I would understand every single word. By the time I had a solid B1 level in French and no problem with understanding French vloggers on YouTube. But that evening it appeared to me that I unlearned all my … Read more How to Understand spoken language better: 7 atypical shortcuts