Yearly Archives: 2017

A Week of Conversation Practice

When you don’t live in a country that speaks your target language as its main language, you have to do some more work to get speaking practice into your daily life. Conversation exchanges are great for this!

I have to admit,

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Why Your Accent Doesn’t Matter- And When It Does

I love your accent.
I think the way each individual speaks so uniquely is one of the great things about people. As a lover of language, I enjoy hearing people playing with language.

Language is fairly arbitrary anyway. Over the years, a pattern of sounds develops into meaning something,

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Better Pronunciation, Better Writing: How to Multi-task Effectively

“I can’t, I have a paper due.”

The perennial student complaint that has an extra level of frustration for non-native English speakers studying at a university in the U.S. or England.

It already takes a great effort to compose thoughts into words,

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Motivation Is Your Secret Weapon In Language Learning

There are generally two ways to learn a skill: slow and steady or fast and intense. Both methods can be effective, but their success depends on the motivation of the student.

Impatient students are highly motivated to improve their level as soon as possible.

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Let’s Build A Language Practicing Habit!


It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a student in possession of a good workload, must be in want of a habit -Jane Austen (paraphrased)

Speaking a language is a skill. In order to use that skill confidently, you need to dedicate time and energy to developing it. This means building a practice habit into your life.
Building this habit can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be.

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It’s Dangerous To Go Alone- So Don’t! Find Your Language Coach

A few years ago I had a trial lesson with someone who had a very clear idea of how he wanted to learn. My teaching style ended up being not compatible with his learning vision. We spent most of the session telling each other “that’s not the way I do things.”
Needless to say,

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3 Easy and Effective Speaking Practice Tips

The biggest fear I have when I think of talking to people in my current broken Spanish is that they will be frustrated at dealing with me. They will think I am stupid and shun me from society. People will be angry I attempted to speak before I was perfectly fluent.

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Get A Learning Boost By Getting Physical

I learned how to type in the 7th grade.
Everyone at my middle school had to take computer class and we had to learn to touch type. In order to aid us in acquiring this ability, each computer had a wooden shelf we had to put over our hands while we followed along with good ol’ Mavis Beacon.

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Get to Know Your Tongue for Pronunciation Mastery

Have you heard? The tongue is a muscle!

Okay, you probably have heard me say this before, a few hundred times. I like to remind you of this because I think it’s important to remember that learning language is in the body as much as it’s in the mind.

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10 Steps To A Personalized Language Course

I don’t know about you, but I think generic courses are pretty boring.
I was in my favorite bookstore the other day, flipping through language course books (everyone has their own ways to relax) and I almost fell asleep reading through them.
Relaxation accomplished!

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