Language learning

Top languages to learn in 2018!

With fun quiz “What Language Should I Learn?”

According to a poll carried out by the British Council in December 2017, one in five Britons (21%) intend to learn a foreign language in 2018 with Spanish the most popular. 64% say they have always wanted to learn how to speak another language. Over half say they regret not making the effort to learn another language. 58% say that they think it is more important than ever now to learn another language. So if you are thinking about learning a language this year here are the British Council’s recommendations of the top languages to learn: Continue reading

10 ways to make sure you reach your language learning goals in 2018!

Learning a new language can change your life and open up many doors for you. It can improve your career prospects, allow you to make friends in other countries and help you get more out of holidays and trips abroad. Every January many people decide that this is the year they are finally going to learn that language they always wished they learnt more of at school.
I believe that anyone can learn a language given the right attitude and by sticking to habits that make it a part of your daily life.
At the beginning of a new year is the best time to set fresh goals however, sticking to them throughout the year can be the real challenge. In this blog post we will give 10 tips to help you make sure you stick to your plan and meet your language learning goals. Continue reading

10 ways to keep your language learning going over Christmas

… and other busy times!

December is a busy time and if you are learning a language you are probably wondering how you are going to fit in your language learning on top of everything else. You may be preparing to take a whole month off and start again in January. However, if you prepare in advance, you can easily add in a few language learning activities to coincide nicely with the festive period. Read on for 10 tips to continue learning a language over the Christmas period. Some of them can also be applied to any busy time throughout the year. Continue reading

9 ways to overcome the language learning plateau

Why do we reach a plateau?

Problem areas

One reason people learning languages lose motivation and feel they aren’t progressing is because they come across parts of the language they find difficult to understand. For example, tricky parts of grammar such as the subjunctive in Spanish, how pronouns or commands work. Continue reading

20 Strategies to Fit Language Learning into your Busy Life!

So many people say they would like to learn a language, however the number of people who actually go ahead and do it is much lower. Why? The main reason is probably working out how to fit it into your already busy schedule. Well a few things to bear in mind which could persuade you to start learning a language are:-

  • You do not need to know every word in the language to be fluent or even to get by.
  • You only need to learn 2,500-3,000 to use it effectively.
  • The key is to focus on what you are actually going to need to know.
  • You don’t need to learn too much grammar, vocabulary is more important in the beginning stages.
  • You only need to spend 15-20 minutes a day focused on language learning to make good progress. Little and often is the key.

So this blog post is aimed “busy” people who may not have hours spare to learn a language.

20 ideas to build language-learning activities into your daily life:

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Interview with polyglot Steve Kaufmann

Who is Steve Kaufmann?

Steve Kaufmann is a well-known polyglot who has been learning languages for over 50 years. He can speak 17 languages fluently and is currently learning more. He has a strong social media presence with over 100,000 subscribers to his Youtube channel, maintains a language learning blog and is the author of books to teach people how to learn languages successfully. Steve kindly agreed to answer a few questions that language learners frequently ask: Continue reading

Online Resources to Learn Spanish Fast

Nowadays there are so many language learning apps, websites, and online resources out there that anyone can learn a language from the comfort of their own home without ever having to visit the country where the language is spoken.
In this blog post we will look at the many different online resources to help you with your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills when learning Spanish. (Most of these apply to all language learning.) Continue reading

How many words do you need to know to be fluent in a language?

Most people ask themselves this question when they start learning a foreign language. It can be daunting to think about how much you need to learn to be able to have a conversation with someone as you do in your native language. However the good news is that it is not as difficult as you might think! Continue reading

Future tense in Spanish

If you want to talk about what you are going to do tomorrow, next week, next month or next year you will need to know how to use the future tense. There are two ways of expressing future actions in Spanish:

  1. Immediate future – for things that are already planned, are definitely going to happen and you know when. “Going to …”
  2. General future tense – for things further in the future but often there is no specific time in mind. “Will / shall …”

You will be pleased to know that neither of the two future tenses are too difficult to learn! Continue reading

5 tips to get the most out of your language exchange session

So you have found yourself a native speaker of the language you are learning who also wants to improve their English. You have arranged a first meeting or have had your first meeting and are now wondering how to make the sessions work for both of you. What can you talk about? How often should you meet? How long should you talk for? Here are a few tips to help you get the maximum benefit out of your language exchange sessions: Continue reading