How to learn a language: surrender to it

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The word “surrender” conjures up images of defeat and submission. But when it comes to language learning, the more you give yourself up to your target language, the more successful you will be. Why do people speak with accents? They are stuck in the phonological structure of their native tongue. Why do foreign language speakers… Read more »

Polyglots discuss learning languages with music, TV and films

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Last month, I was in Poland and was thrilled to speak in various languages with Richard Simcott and Luca Lampariello. We recorded various videos about language learning. There are more videos in other languages to come. Here are the last two: 1) This one is about how Luca and I have used music to learn… Read more »

Three polyglots meet in Poland

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Do polyglots just talk about language learning? If we did, we’d probably bore each other very quickly! I had the pleasure of meeting Richard Simcott and Luca Lampariello in Poznań, Poland earlier this month. We share six common languages (Russian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian) and we gracefully switched from one language to another… Read more »

Learn Spanish and Portuguese via Roberto Carlos’ song “Amigo”

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Luciana Lage of Street Smart Brazil and I teamed up once again to show the differences between Spanish and Portuguese in the song, “Amigo” by Roberto Carlos. Read the blog post on the Street Smart Brazil websit with more information and song lyrics to use this song to distinguish Spanish from Portuguese. Roberto Carlos sings… Read more »

How to learn languages and make them stick

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Last week, I did a guest post on Polyglot Dream (Luca Lampariello’s popular language learning blog about how to learn languages and attain native-like pronunciation. I internalize the foreign languages that I learn to the point where I physically and emotionally resonate with them. I made a playlist of videos in English, Russian, French, Spanish,… Read more »

Video: Simple tips for learning languages

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So you’re not from a bilingual family and you live in a monolingual area where there’s no one who speaks the language you’re learning, you can still learn a new language. Aaron Myers and I had a recorded Skype conversation about how “everyday” people can speak a new language when they don’t have the advantages… Read more »