Motivation plays a huge role in any kind of learning. Just consider the nightmare parents face when trying to get a sixth grader to learn to multiply and divide fractions, and you’ll know what I’m talking about. We learn a new language in order to communicate with new people. Here’s the catch: we need to communicate […]
My Ability to Tolerate Ambiguity Arriving in a new languaculture drops you straight into a sea of ambiguity. From the street signs to the body language of the people surrounding you, everything is new, strange, and mostly unintelligible. This barrage of information that you don’t know how to process is what we call “ambiguity.” […]
Learning a language and mastering grammar rules are two different goals, and not necessarily complimentary ones.
Blunders are hard to avoid in cross-cultural relationships. Learn from Andrew Luck’s example and turn your missteps into an effective path for communication.
Move past survival level fluency in another language by challenging yourself with storytelling.
Native speakers often find our language funny, strange, or even offensive. How to survive without living with a paper bag over your head for the rest of your life.
Has past experience convinced you that you can’t learn another language? Don’t despair; your inner linguistic genius is still there.
What is your biggest obstacle to learning a language? Surprise: it isn’t skill. It’s fear. Here are five ‘fear factors’ we hear often. We thought you might appreciate our thoughts about them. Fear #1. I bombed high school spanish; I just can’t learn another language. Did I just conjure up a Halloween nightmare? Slouching at […]
Vocabulary is the single most important key to becoming fluent. Find out why context and association are more important than memorization.
Take charge of your language learning by using your own photos.