The more time I spend learning languages online, the more I’m getting convinced that software created by language learners for language learners work the best. For whatever reason. And this is exactly the story of Beelinguapp: an atypical language learning app for language hackers and bookworms in one person. The story of Beelinguapp: 2017 “kickstart” … Read more Why Beelinguapp is better than flashcards?
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?
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
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
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?
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?
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