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
The first week of January is the perfect time to reassess your life goals, notice that little “learn Italian” task in your Someday/Maybe list and maybe make it happen within the next twelve months. Brave goal. Now, how do you put your good intentions into action and actually learn another language in 2019? What are … Read moreHow to learn another language in 2019: Getting S**t Done
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 moreLanguage talent: your guide to finding your trump card
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 moreWhy Beelinguapp is better than flashcards?
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 moreReading in a Foreign Language: 3 Neuroscience Hacks to Better Learning
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 moreWhat is the easiest language to learn?
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 moreHyperproductive U: How to Use Commute Time to Learn a Language