The average Western tourist (or expat) acts way too nice when abroad.
A fake happy, innocent, and weak attitude takes possession of him as soon as he sets foot on foreign soil.
His eagerness to be accepted by the natives is written all over his face.
Now you might think … so what? Someone who wants to be liked. Big deal!
But in underdeveloped countries, there are still some unwritten social laws.
And such open attitudes can get you in trouble. Continue reading
If you want to learn a language, you can’t really avoid Spaced Repetition.
But that doesn’t mean you have to use Flashcards.
There are many ways you can use Spaced Repetition without them…
In fact, you can use Spaced Repetition for almost any language learning activity. And doing so can seriously accelerate your learning.
In this post you’ll find 4 ways to do just that. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
If you want to get fluent in a new language:
You’ll have to go get Fluency, it won’t come to you by itself.
Too many people are sleepwalking their way through language learning.
They have too much of a Come-To-Me mentality, instead of the superior Go-Get-It mentality.
With the Come-To-Me mentality, you can do a lot of language learning without making strides.
You’re busy, but not really advancing. Continue reading