5 tips for learning a language

I think that language learning = 1/3 motivation + 1/3 hard work + 1/3 smart work.  Many people are not successful because they have two out of three of these things.  Motivation and hard work are important, but they are partially wasted if you are not following an effective learning method.  Smart work and hard work are important, but they are partially wasted if you do not actually love the language.  In this article I give 5 tips for learning a language: (i) set realistic goals, (ii) have the right motivation, (iii) find native speakers, (iv) don’t rely on books and (v) turn input into output. Continue reading

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5 misconceptions about language learning

In this article, I explain and debunk 5 misconceptions about language learning.  The misconceptions are: (i) Everybody speaks English; (ii) Young children always make the best language learners; (iii) Some languages are easier than others; (iv) You will reach fluency in a language by osmosis alone; (v) Grammar is not very important.  Continue reading

5 criteria for choosing a foreign language

There are many benefits to learning a foreign language.  It may help your job prospects and expand your cultural horizons.  It may also boost your social life and be a rewarding intellectual challenge.  What’s more, in many cases it is clear which foreign language will be most beneficial to you.  Perhaps you want to talk to your partner in his or her native language.  Or perhaps you already have an interest in the history or culture of a foreign country.  In these cases, your choice of foreign language is made for you.  But it is often difficult to decide which foreign language to learn. Continue reading

5 reasons to learn a foreign language

At school, I chose French as an A-Level option.  I took part in twinning activities and I stayed with a French family for a week.  At university, I completed the Student Associates Scheme and I studied abroad for a semester as part of the Erasmus Program.  Thanks to this, I was an Erasmus Ambassador for the British Council.  In 2014 I moved to China in order to teach English and to discover another culture and language.  I now have a Chinese wife and I practise my languages every day.  I love language learning and it has opened up many doors for me.

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