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Black Friday Deals for Language Learners 2017 Language Resources

You’ve worked hard this last year at your language studies, and what better way to celebrate your progress than by rewarding yourself with an early holiday gift?  By investing in your studies, you’re also preparing yourself for the new year with new resources so that you have a place to start when all of the craziness of the holiday season is through. Or, you can...

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How the Serbian Alphabet Differs from the Russian Alphabet (And Croatian from English) Language Resources

Learning to read in your target language is a great way to improve your pronunciation. When this requires learning a new writing system, this can be a challenge. One might think that because Serbian and Russian both use Cyrillic, that their alphabets are the same. But this isn’t the case. Cyrillic is a script, not necessarily just an alphabet, so it’s used for a variety...

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Energy Management in Language Learning Language Resources

When we talk about fitting language learning into our schedules, we most often talk about time management. And while it often seems like we’re low on time, it’s very rarely the case. Instead, we’re low on time when we have the energy to study language. Do you have the time or energy to learn a language? Let me sketch out a scenario for you. You...

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Speechling Review: Gain Confidence in Your Speaking & Pronunciation Language Resources

Pronunciation is often one of the biggest reasons we feel insecure or lack confidence in our ability to speak the languages that we’re learning. It’s also one of the hardest things to work on because there are few resources available to help you improve it. Even professional tutors aren’t often able to offer more than “listen and repeat”, so you have no choice but to...

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30 Day Language Learning Challenge Language Resources

There are a ton of language challenges out there, so I thought it would be fun to get in on the game and start a 30 day language learning challenge. I recently started the Add1Challenge (well, fairly recently) and I thought that this could be a fun way to boost my Croatian and make sure that I’m doing it everyday. But I didn’t want to...

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How Procrastination Will Destroy Your Language Studies & Tips for Overcoming It Language Resources

I used to procrastinate. And okay, yes, if I’m completely honest, sometimes I still do. But I’m trying to kick the habit. In the past, I’d put things off because I always figured I’d get to them later. But then, I missed out on an important experience, thinking I’d get to do it the next time around. As you can guess, that didn’t happen and...

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30+ Blogging Vocabulary Terms in French Language Resources

When learning another language, one of the most important things that you can do is learn vocabulary you’ll actually use. Forget all of the textbook word lists that encourage you to learn how to talk about currencies no longer used, cassette tapes and Walkmans, or terms for sports you have no interest in. Instead, create your own lists. Decide what your passions are and *you*...

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A Review of Lingualift: An Online Coursebook for Japanese & Russian Language Learners Language Resources

In studying Japanese, beyond learning a few conversational phrases, I needed a bit of direction. Most of the books I had focused on learning Kanji, but I needed something more. And so I decided to start looking for a coursebook to guide me. A while back, I remembered trying out Lingualift, but because I wasn’t studying Japanese, it didn’t make sense for me. Now that...

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How to Stop Translating in Your Head: Or Why I Think You Shouldn’t Language Resources

You finally work up the courage to have a conversation in your target language. The other person starts speaking and your wheels are spinning. “Vous parlez français… C’est… Comment avez-vous… Est-ce que vous m’avez compris ?” The words come to you in fragments because you’re translating as much of what they’re saying to you back into your native language to sort out what it all...

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