What Is Language Learning Immersion? (And Why Can’t I Make It Work?)

Language learning immersion by throwing yourself into it

The myth of language learning immersion If you’ve ever studied a foreign language, you might have come upon the concept of immersion. People often think that you should submerge yourself completely in a target-language environment to “learn from osmosis”. There are many different versions of this. Most often you’ll hear that you should go live … Read more

How To Remember Words (Revelation VS Discovery In Language Learning)

How to remember words

In language learning, there are two basic ways that you can learn a new piece of information. This applies whether you need to remember words, a grammar point or something related to the culture. You can either reveal the answer, or you can discover it. It’s simpler than it sounds – revealing an answer is … Read more

Book review ”Success with Languages” by Stella Hurd

The last couple of weeks I have been reading the book “Success with Languages” by Stella Hurd during my bus-rides and lunch-breaks. The previous two book reviews that I did, ”How to learn any language” by Barry Farber and ”Polyglot: How I learn languages” by Katò Lomb, have both been of books that deal with … Read more

LingQ – Un avis sur un outil pour lire en langues étrangères

LingQ : Mon outil préféré de lecture pour l’apprentissage des langues en ligne Lisez cet article en anglais Depuis que j’ai découvert LingQ, leur méthode a été parmi mes outils préférés pour étudier les langues étrangères. Je suis convaincu de l’importance de la méthode réceptive dans tous les niveaux d’apprentissage des langues. Vous devez lire et … Read more

LingQ Review – Learn Languages By Reading (And With No Grammar!)

Since I originally discovered LingQ several years ago, It has been one of my primary tools when studying foreign languages. It’s not the first app that comes to people’s mind when they think about language learning tools, however. That’s a shame, so I have decided to put this LingQ review together, in order to share … Read more

Review of “How to learn any language” by Barry Farber

The last week or two, I’ve spent my morning bus rides on reading “How to learn any language” by Barry Farber, a book, originally published in 1991 which has become quite a classic recommended to people wanting to take up a new language. Why Barry Farber learns languages Farber dedicates the first part of the … Read more

Book review of “Polyglot: How I learn languages” by Kató Lomb

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks reading this book while riding the bus, and I’d like to share my opinion of it with you. The book was originally written in 1970, by the Hungarian polyglot Kató Lomb, but the author has edited it several times up until 1995, making it more up to date … Read more

Attack From Multiple Fronts To Learn Languages (And Vary Your Approach)

One of the biggest mistakes that I’ve made in studying languages, is to focus too much on just one study method. It’s tempting to put all your efforts into one activity, especially when your “new approach” seems to be working! So why then, does it seem to be working well in the beginning, and not … Read more

9 ways to stay motivated in learning a foreign language

Learning a new language takes a significant investment of time and perseverance. You’re not going to get very far in three months and after two years you might still feel like a beginner. Language learning is a marathon, not a sprint, and like long distance runners, you need to keep your blood sugar high enough … Read more

Review of Assimil Arabic with ease

Assimil – A review my favorite language course This Assimil Arabic Review is primarily about the Arabic edition of the Assimil language courses, but many of the points apply to everything in Assimil’s catalogue. (See my review of the French Assimil also) Assimil is the name of a French company that has published languages courses … Read more