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How One Man Set Out to Save His Dying Language... and Discovered How to Learn Any Language

How One Man Set Out to Save His Dying Language... and Discovered How to Learn Any Language

Dear Friend,I have a story I’d like to share with you. It’s a story about a journey I took a few years back. This was not a physical journey, but rather a journey of the mind, the heart and the...

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How Long Does It Take to Learn a New Language?

How Long Does It Take to Learn a New Language?

For the past decade, I've worked as an endangered language activist, working to preserve and promote my ethnic language, Circassian.Over that time, I've figured out how to dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to learn a language, cutting...

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How Many Words Do You Need to Know to Become Fluent in a Language?

How Many Words Do You Need to Know to Become Fluent in a Language?

How many words do you need to know to become fluent in a language? Some experts will tell you that’s not the right question to ask. But it’s a question that’s definitely worth examining. Although it is impossible to answer...

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Career Options for Bilingual Speakers

Career Options for Bilingual Speakers

Being able to speak more than one language opens many doors that people who only speak one language can only knock on. You have a much wider range of folks you can talk to, and you may find it easier...

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Myth Busted! Some People Are Just Good at Learning

Myth Busted! Some People Are Just Good at Learning

When it comes to learning a new language, there tends to be two different schools of thought. Some people believe it is basically easy. Others feel it is inherently difficult. Which camp are you in? Personally, I found it to...

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Pimsleur vs Duolingo: What Do They Really Teach? (How many words, and how quickly?)

Pimsleur vs Duolingo: What Do They Really Teach? (How many words, and how quickly?)

In this post, I’m going to provide a quantitative analysis of what Pimsleur teaches and evaluate how efficient the Pimsleur method is, in terms of time spent and content learned. I’m then going to do something similar for Duolingo and...

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Why Language Learning Apps Suck - and Why You Should Use Them, Anyway

Why Language Learning Apps Suck - and Why You Should Use Them, Anyway

About ten years ago, I decided it was time to learn my ethnic language. In case you’re wondering, the language is called Circassian, and it’s considered “at risk” by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization. For what it’s...

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Speak In A Week Language Learning

Speak in a Week: Language Learning Survival Guide

Hypothetical situation: Due to some last-minute deals, you’re able to book that dream vacation you’ve always wanted to take. Awesome! You’ve always wanted to go, and you finally get the chance. Of course, it’s all last minute, and you never...

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No Language Is Too Difficult to Learn

No Language Is Too Difficult to Learn

Frustration and despondency can lead you to believe that a language is simply too difficult to learn. Whether you feel that way because you don’t think you are making progress, because you did poorly on a test or quiz, or...

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Now’s the Time – 15 Reasons to Start Your Language Learning Immediately

Now’s the Time – 15 Reasons to Start Your Language Learning Immediately

If you aren’t currently working on learning another language, you should be. Not sold on the idea? Here are 15 fantastic reasons to quit procrastinating and start doing. Travel Benefit 1 – Cheaper Transportation Being able to speak the language...

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