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"Be Confident" is Lame Advice

"Be Confident" is Lame Advice

A lot of people who talk about language learning often stress the need for confidence when speaking. "Just be confident" — common advice. But pretty useless advice.When someone is nervous,...

"Be Confident" is Lame Advice

A lot of people who talk about language learning often stress the need for confidence when speaking. "Just be confident" — common advice. But pretty useless advice.When someone is nervous,...

Sports Training and Language Training

Sports Training and Language Training

Last night, the summer Olympics came to a close here in London. It's been an amazing experience being in London during the games. The atmosphere has been incredible, and the...

Sports Training and Language Training

Last night, the summer Olympics came to a close here in London. It's been an amazing experience being in London during the games. The atmosphere has been incredible, and the...

Why Don't They Teach This in School?

Why Don't They Teach This in School?

A new subscriber called me the other night, very enthusiastic about the program. "Why don't they teach language like this in school?" he asked. It's a simple question, and one...

Why Don't They Teach This in School?

A new subscriber called me the other night, very enthusiastic about the program. "Why don't they teach language like this in school?" he asked. It's a simple question, and one...

The Native Speaker Fallacy

The Native Speaker Fallacy

Many people, especially when starting out with a new language, are eager to get a “native speaker” to teach them. While you will eventually want to be able to communicate...

The Native Speaker Fallacy

Many people, especially when starting out with a new language, are eager to get a “native speaker” to teach them. While you will eventually want to be able to communicate...

The Difficulty of Process

The Difficulty of Process

Last week I wrote about what makes a language difficult to learn. The post was intended to deal with the topic of what makes one language more difficult than another...

The Difficulty of Process

Last week I wrote about what makes a language difficult to learn. The post was intended to deal with the topic of what makes one language more difficult than another...

What Makes a Language "Difficult"?

What Makes a Language "Difficult"?

I hear it all the time: "Oh, Japanese, that's really hard" or "Arabic? Isn't that supposed to be impossible to learn?" So many people have asked me: "What is the...

What Makes a Language "Difficult"?

I hear it all the time: "Oh, Japanese, that's really hard" or "Arabic? Isn't that supposed to be impossible to learn?" So many people have asked me: "What is the...