language

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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B ready!

I started learning Turkish in September 2011 and I completed the A1 course and exam after three months of study. The journey from zero to hero in Turkish… 😉 At the end of the A1 course, I had a good grasp of the fundamentals of Turkish and I could make myself understood to native speakers

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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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Learning the Lingo

We talk about learning languages and how quickly we can do it.  We look for the best courses to get us to the best level possible at break-neck speed.  But is all this all in vain?  Is language learning at this accelerated rate a myth? Well, you can pick up a book, read it or

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Motivation

Many people have asked me how I stay motivated.  In order to answer this question, I need to also define a few things.  When people talk about motivation, especially related to language learning, I get the impression that they expect to be motivated 100% of the time, or close to it. To me saying, “I

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Language studies

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwilekZlcws] You may study a language as part of a course or for work.  You can also set yourself up on a course and study alone, but give yourself a certain timeframe or goals. Many experienced language learners shy away from formal courses for a variety of reasons… * it’s too slow * it’s too

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It’s all about opportunities…

Let’s face it – speaking a foreign language is a showy thing.  You can go and hear people recite or teach things and watch them perform.  But these are all specific situations in life.  You need be there at the right time to witness it.  Languages are different.  They cross all boundaries because everyone uses

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