Ever felt like you’ve come to a standstill in your language learning?
It sucks, right?
Long gone are the early days of your language journey when learning was a breeze:
The prospect of speaking a new language excited you so much … and picking up new words and grammar rules was almost as easy as breathing out.
Now, however, all you seem to do is maintain what you already learned.
“My entire life could not be possible if it wasn’t for other languages.”
Time for the 6th installment of Language Learning Gets Personal!
Today we have the charming and encouraging language teacher and blogger Kerstin Cable(*).
She is German but if you listen to her, one thing immediately stands out: her excellent English accent, testimony of her extensive knowledge of language learning and the efforts she’s made to get to where she is now.
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Some people think all languages should be learned through real world materials.
Unfortunately, it’s not so simple to do.
Things can get messy…
Luckily, there’s a website that can help you.
When it comes to learning foreign vocabulary, rote learning is what most language learners dread most.
Fortunately, research now suggests that vocabulary is best learned by using the different senses.
According to a recent study, done by the Max Planck Institute, performing gestures while learning new words is particularly effective.
Successful language learning is not necessarily about the methods.
Methods do help, but they are utterly useless if you can’t remove the biggest obstacle to language-learning prosperity.
You probably already know what it is.
It’s something very, very close to you. In fact, nothing is closer to you than this thing. Heck, it isn’t even different from you.
The second Smart Language Learner case study is over.
It was definitely another interesting journey for me.
I knew very little German and have certainly picked up a lot of things on the way.
So, how did it all go?
Read on to find out.
“Most of my job opportunities have manifested because I could speak the language the employer needed. I got jobs for which I was under-qualified but I was the only applicant who could speak the language!”
Welcome to the fifth installment of Language Learning Gets Personal.
This time we have one of the most respected and famous polyglots in Susanna Zaraysky.
Lets’ face it.
Learning a new language can be a frustrating experience sometimes.
Granted, anything you can translate literally to a language you already know is a piece of cake.
But it’s in those things that differ so much from our native tongue where the challenges surface.
Every experienced language learner knows it.
Motivation is hard to come by sometimes.
The best way to obtain it is to have an actual “need” to learn a new language.
But what to do when that need disappears?
19 experts help out.