Monthly Archives: November 2019

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Learning Spanish on your own is hard.

Without a teacher or classmates it is easy to lose motivation.

You have no-one to make sure you are on the right track.

There are so many different resources and you don’t know which ones are good.

You don’t have time to research different resources.

This is why I created online Spanish courses to help people to teach themselves Spanish on their own!
My first online course “Study Spanish Solo” has been two years in the making. Continue reading

Self-Learning – Coping With A New Language At College

Self-learning a languageLearning a new language is as easy as human nature for a newly born child. As we grow older, we become much less experimental and less accustomed to picking up new language skills. That doesn’t mean that we cannot become motivated towards learning a new language if we wanted.

College students need to start becoming a little more experimental in learning a new language. Making mistakes is the only way to learn a new language. The first time we make a mistake, somebody will be there to correct us, and it becomes a part of the learning process. Continue reading

How to use the Spanish verb “Tardar” to talk about time

The Spanish verb “tardar” is one of the most used verbs in everyday conversation, therefore it is really worthwhile spending the time to study the different ways you can use this verb.

Firstly it is a regular –ar verb in Spanish so the good thing is, there are no irregular verb forms to learn in any tense.

There are 3 main uses of tardar:

1) To talk about the time it takes to do something.
2) To talk about delay.
3) To say “at the latest”.

In this blog post we will explain how to use tardar in these 3 contexts with example sentences. Continue reading

Hanyu : How to Learn Chinese From a 3rd Year Student

So you want to learn Chinese. Good Luck!

Four years ago I had the most wonderful opportunity to go to China and work in a digital marketing company in Beijing. It was a brief five month stint, but I grew a strong liking for Chinese food, culture and the intricacies of their language. When I got back to the states, I hastily sought out Chinese classes far and wide, finally settling for one on the lower west side of Manhattan. Classes are about twice a week, 2 hour lessons.

Three years later…..

I sit here in a dark room, sobbing over my review books and dictionaries. But don’t fret. These are tears of joy. After three frustrating and mind-numbing years of study…no breaks or vacations except for the obvious Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Oktoberfest…I think I’ve finally got a hold on this whole Mandarin thing.

As a testament to this (sort of) accomplishment, I want to recount some of the trials and tribulations I’ve gone through in leaning this language. In the end, I hope this helps someone avoid pitfalls and time-wasters that I have come across in my own journey. Continue reading

 
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