An often overlooked aspect of language learning is pronunciation.
Many learners want to “sound like a native”, but then do almost nothing about it.
To sound like a native you don’t necessarily need more words. That helps, of course, but no one will mistake you for a native speaker if you sound like Tarzan all the time.
Problem is, we’re often unaware of the pronunciation mistakes we make. We need someone to tell us where we’re messing up.
A new App called Speechling can help you with this.
Recent years have seen an incredible rise in the number of language learning materials available — overwhelmingly digital.
Most of the language learning Apps around are pretty poor in quality and superficial at best.
Fortunately, there are exceptions.
FluentU is one of them.
In this post we take a detailed look at how you can get the most out of this remarkable tool.
In the overwhelming sea of language learning apps, most apps don’t offer anything new.
FluentU and Yabla are different.
With both, you can learn a language by watching interesting videos.
The language spoken in the videos, is the real-life version of the language. Not the overly formal language most apps serve you. (This is good in some cases, but not so much for intermediate learners and above.)
In this post I talk about the strengths and weaknesses of both FluentU and Yabla.
Yeah, this will be a controversial post.
But it’s true:
Alcohol can help you with speaking a foreign language.
Some claim it doesn’t, but I want you to know the truth with as less hypocrisy as possible.
When I say alcohol helps you to speak a foreign language, I’m not talking about getting drunk. (Although that may help you speak a foreign language no one has ever heard about.)
What I’m referring to is what’s called moderate drinking:
A beer here and there to loosen up your tongue, but not so much that it gets all tangled up!
In this post I’ll talk, somewhat reluctantly, about the reasons why alcohol is beneficial if you want to learn a new language.
Even at old age, you can still learn a new language.
But you gotta let go of certain prejudices that exist about older language learners.
These prejudices hold you back from even giving it a go.
When readers ask me for specific tips for older learners, I always share my two rules for older language learners with them.
The rules aren’t tactical. They’ve got more to do with the mindset of older learners.
Here they are.