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 more How to Learn Vocabulary Fast: The Power of Zipf’s Law
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 more How to pass The DELF B2: 15 Key Dos and Don’ts
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 more Incidental Learning: How to learn vocabulary automatically
You are a language learner. And if your parents didn’t speak to you two different languages since the day you were born, you have to struggle your way up. And the way you climb this language learning mountain says about you a lot (and defines your success as well, to be honest). So what type … Read more What Type of Language Learner You Are?
There is always this one person in your surroundings who speaks like 7 languages leaving you to wonder how this gifted bastard managed to learn them all. It’s quite easy to conclude that they just have this special language talent that allows them to easily pick up languages like mushrooms after the rain. And there’s … Read more Language talent: your guide to finding your trump card
You have probably heard that in order to expand your vocabulary in a foreign language you have to read a lot. You might have even tried reading stuff in your target language… just to realize that your vocabulary is not very expandable this way. Yup. Reading random things doesn’t really work. But, hey, don’t get … Read more How to Learn More Vocabulary with Narrow Reading