languages

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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So…how is my Pimsleur Hungarian? :)

You picked Hungarian for me to study for one month to try out the Pimsleur method. I finished the 30-day level one Pimsleur Hungarian course and the results are in! On 15th April I started my 30-day Pimsleur Hungarian challenge. The course I used was from my local library. It came with a booklet with

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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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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 switching

Recently Micheal Erard released his book, “Babel No More”.  The book is the, “search for the world’s most extraordinary language learners”.  When I posted the link to an article in The Economist about the book on my Facebook page, I was asked if I agree with it.  At first I thought about the whole article and

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What’s your number?

How many languages do you speak? The question itself seems simple enough.  I have lost count how many times I have been asked it.  I am even less sure on the various answers I have given in the past.  Sometimes I am very guarded about it, especially if I know it will be published and

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The language of love

What is the language of love? That is a question I have heard asked countless times and answered in many ways.  To my mind, the language of love is always unique to the speaker and the listener. Let me explain what I mean and how you can use it to improve your language skills. Those

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