This week I decided to go with an easy subject for me to describe: a typical day for me as it relates to language study. In later posts, I’ll go into more detail about each method I use, how to make it work, and why it works. But for now I’ll give you a generalContinue reading “A Day in the Life of a Polyglot”
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Duocon 2021 Recap and Highlights
On Friday August 20th Duolingo hosted their annual Duocon. This year it took the form of a free event on YouTube. You can watch the whole thing on YouTube, or just skip to the talk you’re interested in by going to duolingo.com/duocon. When I heard about Duocon, I wasn’t really sure what to expect fromContinue reading “Duocon 2021 Recap and Highlights”
Private Language Tutoring or Group Language Classes—Which Is Best for You?
If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you. – Zig Ziglar Should you take a language class, or should you hire a private tutor? The answer to that question is, like the answer to most questions: “It depends”. I’ve both studied and taught languages in both group and one-on-one settings. I’veContinue reading “Private Language Tutoring or Group Language Classes—Which Is Best for You?”
Get Emotional—Why Language Learning Is Not Just Business, It’s Personal
What we learn with pleasure, we never forget. – Alfred Mercier As you probably know, English is currently the international language of business. Therefore it’s not surprising that most of my English students are business professionals. Many of them are very highly educated and very successful in their fields. But I’ve noticed that it’s notContinue reading “Get Emotional—Why Language Learning Is Not Just Business, It’s Personal”
Anyone Can Cook
As a language coach, translator and someone who spends a lot of time talking about language, I often encounter two misunderstandings about language. Each view diametrically opposed to the other, but both equally flat-out wrong.