Tag: language learning

  • Learn Korean: A Comprehensive Guide to Effective Practice for Beginners

    Learn Korean: A Comprehensive Guide to Effective Practice for Beginners

    Get practical tips and strategies to master the Korean language with this comprehensive guide. From embracing the basics of Hangul to engaging in conversations and utilizing language learning apps, this blog post provides valuable insights to help you progress in your Korean language journey. Immerse yourself in Korean media, integrate Korean into your daily routine,…

  • Why you need a language learning coach

    Why you need a language learning coach

    As a coach with three years of experience, I’ve helped countless people reach their language learning goals by providing personalized support, motivation, and guidance. In this blog post, I’ll explain why having a language coach can make all the difference and how I can help you develop study methods that work for your unique learning…

  • Build a consistent language learning habit with these tips

    Build a consistent language learning habit with these tips

    Are you struggling to build a consistent language learning habit? Learning a new language can be both exciting and intimidating, but with the right strategies, you can master it. I share some tips and tricks to help you stay on track with your language learning journey.

  • Learning a language after a break – tips for getting back on track

    Learning a language after a break – tips for getting back on track

    It’s okay to take a break or forget a little bit of the language, but not all is lost. Here are some tips and tricks to ease back into the language slowly and get yourself on track with language learning again.

  • How I am learning Thai + how many hours so far

    How I am learning Thai + how many hours so far

    Tips and resources on how to learn the Thai language. This blog post also includes how many hours I’ve learned Thai for and how I used my Thai to communicate in Thailand!

  • How to learn multiple languages at once – the best tips

    How to learn multiple languages at once – the best tips

    How to learn more than one language at once? Here are some tips on how to learn many languages at the same time! There are a number of ways to go about it and the progress looks different however you do it, but it’s definitely possible. The important thing is to pace yourself and find…

  • 9 quick tips to find resources for lesser-learned languages

    9 quick tips to find resources for lesser-learned languages

    Finding resources for lesser-learned languages is a struggle, but it’s doable. Here are 9 tips to help you make the most out of what’s available to help you learn a less-popular language.

  • Restarting Arabic and overcoming my fears

    Restarting Arabic and overcoming my fears

    How I’m re-learning Arabic and getting over my fear of speaking to strangers even as a beginner. I took about 3 years of Arabic classes in middle school when I lived in Dubai. As such, we learned Gulf Arabic. It was exciting but I didn’t spend as much effort on it than I would now.…

  • How to get started writing in a new language: 112 writing

    How to get started writing in a new language: 112 writing

    Looking to get more out of your writing practice in a new language? Not sure what to write about? Get the writing prompts guide here. Regardless of which level you are in the language you’re learning, this guide will be useful as it’s packed with 112 writing prompts and activities, writing tips, a 7-step guide…

  • Do you consider yourself a good language learner?

    Do you consider yourself a good language learner?

    Have you ever asked yourself this? After speaking at Languages in Science last November, someone in the audience asked me if I consider myself a “good language learner”. I had to pause and think, because it’s not so straightforward to answer.  Have you ever asked yourself, “am I actually a good language learner?”. Or have…

  • What I’ve learned in 2021: in languages and life

    What I’ve learned in 2021: in languages and life

    Looking back on the year in general This year has been full of high highs and low lows. First, here are a few small celebrations through numbers. It was a super fun year with regard to language learning, and I enjoyed sharing my progress with you all on YouTube and this blog.  My free monthly language learning…

  • How to find a good tutor and make the most out of your online language lessons

    How to find a good tutor and make the most out of your online language lessons

    These are important things you need to keep in mind to help you choose the right online language learning tutor and ensure you’ll have a successful first online lesson.

  • A quick guide to encountering and learning Japanese Kanji

    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 Japanese for Busy people. I…

  • 4 mistakes I made when self-studying a new language

    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, and the more you go…

  • Q2 language learning review

    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 textbook, writing essays, engaging with…

  • Not every week needs to look the same – learning languages naturally

    Not every week needs to look the same – learning languages naturally

    The pressure we face With apps that push streaks, YouTubers showing their highly productive morning routines, and social media pushing hustle culture, it’s easy to start to think that we need to perform at the same level of productivity each day.  I’ve found that my energy levels and mental health differs from week to week…

  • Interesting and fun ways to track your language learning

    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 motivated and accountable for your…

  • Getting over the fear of language lessons – 4 useful tips

    Getting over the fear of language lessons – 4 useful tips

    It’s OK to be nervous! Hello friends! We are all living the COVID life, and a lot of us want to learn languages but at a safe distance. A really good way to do that is by finding a tutor online! But sometimes, we feel really nervous and don’t know how to approach language learning…

  • Rethink your language goals: 3 language learning goal mistakes and how to set better goals

    Rethink your language goals: 3 language learning goal mistakes and how to set better goals

    There’s so much info out there! There’s so much language learning content online. Who should you listen to? Whose example do you follow? Does not performing as well as people you see online mean you’re a bad language learner? Absolutely not.  Because of the huge amounts of content we see every day related to language…

  • Celebrating the voices of Women in Language Learning: WIL conference is here!

    Celebrating the voices of Women in Language Learning: WIL conference is here!

    Come join Women in Language! This weekend, the annual online Women in Language conference is back!Day one is halfway underway as I write this post and it’s been amazing already. Women in Language is an online conference with livestreams of women around the world talking about all things language learning. The live chats are engaging, the speakers…

  • How to get the most out of italki (+ free credits)

    How to get the most out of italki (+ free credits)

    Here are some tried and tested tips on making the most of your lessons on italki, as well as how to find a language exchange partner.

  • How to learn multiple languages at once

    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!

  • Language goals: 2020 Q1 progress check

    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 the way through 2020. Here…

  • Re-evaluate your language learning methods

    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 this has to do with…

  • An A to Z Grammar for Chinese Learners: textbook review

    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 and Simplified Chinese, you can…

  • Making time for languages in a busy day

    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…

  • Should you learn simplified or traditional Chinese?

    Should you learn simplified or traditional Chinese?

    Upon deciding to learn Mandarin Chinese, you need to choose whether you’ll learn Simplified or Traditional as a writing system. Fear not – here’s a guide to help you!

  • Should you take a language test?

    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…

  • How to choose a language to learn

    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, thinking, entertainment, and hobbies will…

  • My Spanish experience with the Lingoda Marathon

    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 my lessons in my pyjamas…

  • Improve your Korean in 6 unique ways

    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…

  • When you don’t feel motivated to learn a language

    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 feel up for studying. First…

  • Overcoming fear in language practice

    Overcoming fear in language practice

    Making mistakes in a new language is OK! 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…

  • Women In Language 2019 is coming!

    Women In Language 2019 is coming!

    Women In Language is a three-day, online seminar featuring some of the most influential women in the online language-learning community. From 7 to 10 March, more than 30 female speakers will be sharing their thoughts on language learning and culture. If you haven’t already, make sure to register here for Women In Language! 

  • How I set up my planner for 2019

    How I set up my planner for 2019

    With 2019 around the corner, it’s time to sort out our lives for a fresh start. Have you been consistent in using a bullet journal or planner this year? I used 3 planners this year – each book is for 4 months. It was a great feeling to finish one and start afresh in another…

  • How I’m studying for JLPT N3

    How I’m studying for JLPT N3

    こんにちは!I’m taking the JLPT N3 this December. I’ve never taken a JLPT test before, and I’m not sure if my level is near N3, but I have enough time until then to formulate and stick to a good study plan. ☆ Reading practice The Japanese novels I have are limited, but I’m going to make…

  • 6 unique ways to improve listening in any language

    6 unique ways to improve listening in any language

    You sit at home and read your textbook, get all the questions right, and speed through your Duolingo and Memrise apps… but then once you have to talk to a native speaker, suddenly, you have no idea what they’re saying! Why is listening so hard? Remember, listening is one of the most important aspects of…

  • Tips & tricks for vocabulary acquisition

    Tips & tricks for vocabulary acquisition

    New language learners often look at others and think learning vocabulary is something that happens quickly. They seek for ways to speed up their vocabulary retention. It’s not wrong to look for ways to learn faster, but one needs to keep in mind that having vocabulary words stick in your long-term memory takes a while!Here…

  • How to study Japanese grammar

    How to study Japanese grammar

    Let’s demystify studying Japanese grammar! Grammar is either your favorite part of a language, or the most frustrating part of a language. Here’s my guide on how to study Japanese grammar. These methods can be applied to any language with a similar sentence structure, though! If you’re looking for tips to study Korean grammar, read this…