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What’s a Rusty Language?

We often hear about people being “rusty” in a language. But what does that mean? How do we measure rust? Can we scrape the rust off and make it shiny again? Rusty? Really? I totally identify with the issue of have a language that is rusty. Basically all it comes down to is not having

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Polish your Polish

Can you get your tongue around the weird and wonderful consonant sounds in Polish?  Watch this video I put together and see how you do too!  Post a reply to the video with you saying “chrząszcz”!  Each group of languages I have studied has a special place in my heart.  The Romance and Germanic languages

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Sharing your language story – MehrsprachICH

The Goethe Institute has launched a video competition called MehrsprachICH for people who speak a number of foreign languages.  This is the latest in a recent wave of interest in our ever-growing online language community, polyglots, hyperpolyglots and the language-learning process in general.   Why share your language story?   Growing up I always wished

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Danish, Norwegian or Swedish?

There are a number of languages in the world that are mutually intelligible.  Croats and Serbs can communicate with each other relatively freely, as can Macedonians and Bulgarians, Afrikaners and Dutch people and of course the Danes, Swedes and Norwegians. Cristina – the Norwegian polyglot This week I was stayed with another polyglot in Oslo. 

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How do you learn a language?

This sounds like a very simple question and it is one that I am asked regularly.  The short answer is…it takes continuous study and plenty of practice.  The methods involved in learning a language though can vary.  Even for me, there have been different ways in which I have learnt different languages. Why change tactic?

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Vote Speaking Fluently!

Visibility online gets your message out there. Speaking Fluently has been nominated in The Top 100 Language Lovers 2012 competition. Voting has started now! Please help me to get this site some more views by clicking on the link below and voting for Speaking Fluently: I enjoy helping to motivate other language learners and to

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Word Play

On Saturday 5th May 2012 a piece called “Word Play” appeared on Canada’s GlobalTV. It formed part of the 16×9 programme and was hosted by Carolyn Jarvis. The programme brought together a panel of Canadian polyglots, spoke to linguists and Michael Erard, author of “Babel No More”. As part of the story Tim Doner (a

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Start spreading the news…

As you may know, I went to New York recently.  This was not a planned holiday for me, though I did get to see some great things!  The main reason for my trip was to take part in the 16×9 show on Global TV in Canada. As part of the show I met up with

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The Polyglot Pimsleur Language Challenge

People often ask me about various courses that you can buy to learn a new language.  I have tried many of them, including TeachYourself, Colloquial, Michel Thomas, Assimil, Linguaphone as well as many online materials from LingQ to Busuu to LiveMocha.  I have found that all have something to offer.  One method that comes up

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