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A quick guide to encountering and learning Japanese Kanji

How I find and study Kanji For a beginner, I recommend using a structured textbook to learn new kanji. This is a good method because the book is likely to introduce the most common, easiest kanji first, and you won’t feel overwhelmed.  When I started out learning Japanese, I used

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Is it possible to learn a new language through watching TV?

Can you learn a language only from TV? Learning languages in only in a classroom environment or by using one textbook can be really boring. With the rise in online lessons and multimedia language learning tools during the pandemic, learning a language through TV certainly is a possible method. A

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Language goals review – Q3 and September updates

Q3 summary The third quarter of the year is done and time sure flies! I set some high level goals for June to September and today I spent time going through how the past few months went.  I also did a monthly review for September, and now I’ll think about

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4 mistakes I made when self-studying a new language

Language techniques take time to learn Language learning is always going to be a challenge. If it were easier, we’d have way more multilinguals and polyglots in this world. The truth is that it takes a lot of time, dedication, effort, sweat and sometimes tears. But it’s not that scary,

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How I started my career as a UI/UX designer

My original dream For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in design. When we had to write book reports in English class at school, I would spend more time designing the layout of the document than I did writing the actual report! I also loved

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Q2 language learning review

Summary of hours In Q2 2021 (the last 3 months), I started tracking the amount of hours I put into language learning. I wanted to see which languages get the most time, and where my time goes! I only track active learning hours (e.g. italki lessons, grammar study, using a

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Interesting and fun ways to track your language learning

Why should we track languages? Tracking both your language progress and what you’ve done in a language is not necessary by all means, but I would recommend it for a few reasons.  Not only does it help you see what resources and methods are working, but it also keeps you

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My weekly study routine for Intermediate French learning

Pakistani origins & my dormant French green monsters is where it began Learning French has always been something strictly scholarly for me – I’ve taken French at school since I can remember… like, even back in Grade 1 – I recall sitting in my classroom in Islamabad, Pakistan, watching French

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Korean exam tips
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Best tips for getting a high score in TOPIK 2 Korean exam

Deciding to take the TOPIK exam After years of wondering if I should do it or not, I finally took the Korean proficiency exam yesterday. My motivation was purely to have a challenge that would force me to study more advanced vocabulary and grammar. Having studied Korean for almost a

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How to learn many languages
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How to learn multiple languages at once

There are many methods you can use and the possibilities are endless! As for the following tips, you can do some or all of these techniques – ultimately it’s about finding the technique that works for you!

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How to study Korean grammar: my method and schedule

Studying grammar shouldn’t be tricky. Step 1: Get a textbook and note down the grammar structures Step 2: Categorize and color-code the grammar On the first page of my grammar notebook, I categorized all the structures I wrote down into: 1. grammar that is totally new to me (marked in

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Language goals: 2020 Q1 progress check

At the end of 2019, I set some (pretty lofty) language learning goals for myself. I documented them in a pinned tweet on Twitter so I can keep myself accountable. It’s been a tough year so far (understatement), but it’s good to check in with myself as we’re almost a quarter of

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Re-evaluate your language learning methods

Is there a wrong or right way to learn a language? Someone asked me this question on Tumblr today and it got me thinking. This is what they said: My answer is yes. There are definitely methods that are not helpful in your language learning journey, and a lot of

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Audioclip review: best app for Korean listening practice

If you’re a Korean learner looking for good audio, you definitely need to download Audioclip. It’s an app by Naver full of podcasts, audiobooks, soft background sounds and music for studies, and much more (INCLUDING bedtime stories narrated by Gong Yoo?!). I can’t express how excited I am to have discovered this app.

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An A to Z Grammar for Chinese Learners: textbook review

Introducing my favorite Chinese grammar reference book! Hello friends! Today I’m reviewing my favorite book for Chinese grammar. It’s called An A to Z Grammar for Chinese Learners. Before I continue, please take note note: this book is written using Traditional Chinese. If you don’t know the difference between Traditional

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Making time for languages in a busy day

Many people have the mindset that language learning goes something like: taking classes, doing homework, and practicing now and then when you can. It’s much more than that. It should transform your life and fill your days if you really want to improve. Solid results come from the shift to transforming your daily life to be completely in your target language. Immersion, that is. And I don’t mean traveling to another country!

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Should you take a language test?

Language exams are useful if you’re looking for a very standard way to prove your level. This is generally when you’re applying for a job in another language. Companies or schools require a certification to see if you can communicate in the language. That being said, I don’t think it’s a true reflection of one’s level in a language.

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How I study Korean vocab for TOPIK

I bought a book called “한국어 벵크 TOPIK 2 한권이면 OK” to prepare me for the test and it came with a smaller handbook for vocabulary, listing all the important words that appear in the textbook. Realising that I can read two pages on the bus on the way to work and two pages on my commute back, I committed to studying 4 pages of vocabulary each day.

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What I learnt at Polyglot Conference 2019

The annual Polyglot Conference was held at Kyushu Sangyo University in Fukuoka, Japan this year! I stayed in Fukuoka for 6 days and 3 full days were spent at the conference. It was the first Polyglot Conference I was able to attend and what an experience it was! One that

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How to choose a language to learn

It’s always exciting learning a new language, but choosing one feels like a huge level of commitment… as much as you have the motivation to learn a new language, you just can’t bring yourself to choose one to start with! It makes sense: language learning is personal. Your life, choices,

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My Spanish experience with the Lingoda Marathon

What’s Lingoda? Lingoda is an online Language School where you can study English, German, Spanish, French and Business English from beginner to advanced. The instructors are qualified teachers who are native speakers. You take classes online, learn from anywhere at any time with wifi. Personally, I took a lot of

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Improve your Korean in 6 unique ways

You may have just finished your Korean textbook or passed your first Korean class. Now you feel accomplished but not sure where to go next. You might be bridging the gap from beginner to intermediate, or making your way from intermediate to advanced. Wherever you are in your journey, there are a few things you can incorporate into your day to improve your Korean fast.

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How to have a successful language exchange

Here are some great tips to having a successful language exchange. The first thing you need to do is to communicate your expectations. Some people are only at events to make friends and I’ve experienced many who just keep talking in English even though we have multiple languages in common…

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See you at Polyglot Conference 2019!

Hello, friends! I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at this year’s Polyglot Conference in Fukuoka, Japan. The conference runs from 18 to 20 October 2019. You can buy tickets and get more information here. I’d like to share with you the outline of my topic: Holistic language

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A month of Spanish: resources & journey

Hello, friends! I’ve been learning Spanish for one month now. Time flies! Some of my older YouTube viewers may recall that I often said Spanish is the one language I would never learn. Never say never! Circumstances have changed and here I find myself immersing myself in this beautiful language.

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Arirang TV A Plus feature

I am thrilled to announce that I’ve had the opportunity to be featured as the second KOREATOR on Arirang A Plus. A Plus is an offshoot of Arirang TV and promotes Korean culture to foreigners through various TV shows like KOREATOR. The theme of this series was “Korean in Your

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Korean Grammar for Speaking textbook review

Korean Grammar for Speaking Textbook As a grammar fan and Korean learner, I was really excited when Song Won, the author of Korean Grammar for Speaking, contacted me regarding his newly released textbook series. The books are brand new – the first volume came out in 2016 (a revised version

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When you don’t feel motivated to learn a language

Finding the cause You’re probably here because you’re looking for motivation to continue studying a language. Maybe you’re burnt out or maybe the original passion you had for the language has died out. Whatever your reason, read on to find some tips on what to do when you really don’t

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Overcoming fear in language practice

You might be the most extroverted person on the planet, but as soon as you start learning and speaking a new language, something in you changes and you feel a bit more shy. You’re nervous you’ll make a mistake in front of a native speaker. What if they laugh at

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