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2016 is almost over and it’s time for a year-end review of what strategy got me the best results in terms of language learning and progress. At the end of March I took Brian Kwong up on his invitation to join the Add1Challenge, and what I initially liked was the […]

Benefits of Daily Vlogging


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I have been learning foreign languages since 1995 and living abroad since 2002. My interest in foreign languages is what enabled me to travel abroad for the first time when I was 17 and went on a 2-week trip with my high school French teacher to visit Geneva, Lyons, Aosta, […]

Why I am Proud of My Immigrant Past, Present, and ...


For a long time, I have struggled with perfectionism and placing too much importance on the accuracy of my message rather than just communicating despite mistakes. I still remember, however, my first trip to Europe when my high school French teacher took us to Geneva for a week and we […]

Why Communication is More Important Than Perfectionism



Why do I love teaching so much? I first got started teaching back in 1999 after I finished high school and one of my first opportunities to start making some extra money was to tutor Spanish and French to other students from my former high school. I still remember the […]

Finding My Why


Привет всем! Hi everyone! This is going to be my public diary for learning Russian during my participation in the 15th Add1 Challenge organized by Brian Kwong, who was kind enough to do an interview for the podcast. I’m going to be writing daily updates to hold myself accountable for […]

Add1Challenge Updates


52 Languages 2 weeks ago on the Language Heroes vk.com page, there was a 1-week challenge sponsored by Benny Lewis with his “Speak in a Week” language learning crash course. Many language enthusiasts participated and we all took part in learning a new language that we had never tried before. […]

52 languages



Launched on January 13, 2016, this is the beginning of an international crowdsourced library of children’s stories including text, recordings, and illustrations. Please leave a comment below if you would like to help contribute to this project. Thanks! “Simón, el Bobito”, written by Rafael Pombo, a Colombian writer. Recording by […]

Stories


If you listen to language podcasts with dialogs or use language books with accompanying CDs or .mp3 files, you can turn your listening practice into active speaking practice by editing the audio files with a free audio editing program, such as Audacity or WavePad. For this example, I’m using the […]

How to turn audio dialogs into interactive roleplays


In my last post, I wrote about how to effectively use audiobooks to improve your listening, reading, and pronunciation. In this post I would like to talk about 4 ways you can use community language learning websites to get feedback and corrections on your writing and speaking. On the links […]

How to get feedback on your writing and speaking