More Cantonese Literature

More Cantonese Literature

It has been quite some time since my first post on Cantonese literature and since then I have made some interesting discoveries that I want to share with you. If you are not at the level where you can read books yet then I highly recommend you check out my page of Cantonese resources. 《以讀不回死全家!》 以讀不回死全家 (ji5 duk6 bat1 wui6 sei2 cyun4 gaa1), which roughly translates...
Top myths in language learning – part 1

Top myths in language learning – part 1

Whenever the topic of language learning comes up, usually it is not long before some myths start to follow. Sometimes these feel more like excuses than myths or anything that would actually prevent them from learning and range from reasonable and fairly well grounded, to going completely against what the literature has been saying for the past few decades. In this...
How to improve your focus and find more time

How to improve your focus and find more time

The more we can focus during our study time the better we can learn and the more information we will retain. The ability to be able to sit down, concentrate and just get on with it is something that is getting harder and harder. Especially with the advent of phones, laptops, tablets and the like built to send you popups, adds and notification after notification. It...
Intensive vs extensive reading

Intensive vs extensive reading

Reading, in any language, is one of the most powerful and efficient ways to increase our vocabulary. Even in our own native language, If you think about those with the largest vocabulary it is always the people who read a lot. Reading is not only good for improving your vocabulary but also helps improve your grammar and solidify existing knowledge. When reading in a...
Why are the characters so small?

Why are the characters so small?

When reading books or manga it can seem like the characters are so small, just a black dot on the page. Any effort to decode what’s actually written can leave our brains scrambled and our eyes sore. So how is it we are even supposed to be able to make out what it looks like, let alone read it.   First, before we move onto this I want to take a look at our own native...
Do you need to simplify your learning?

Do you need to simplify your learning?

When I first started learning a language my routine started off pretty simple. But then as I progressed I added one thing after another. This happened to me with sentence mining on Anki, I spent hours going through material on paper, going through making flashcards and then studying them throughout the day. Complicating things to an unnecessary level I found myself...
How to deal with a new writing system

How to deal with a new writing system

When learning a new language that's very different to English, a lot of the time you will have to contest with a new writing system. It can be confusing to know the best time to learn the writing system or even if you should learn it at all. If we choose to not learn the new script we can save time and build up our listening and speaking ability much quicker, but if...
How to deal with tonal languages

How to deal with tonal languages

Learners of tonal languages have a hard time when first starting out. Listening can be extremely difficult, and words that sound completely different to native speakers sound exactly the same to you. I assure you, this is perfectly normal. Every learner has to go through this at some point. But if you know how to go about it, you will be surprised how quickly you...
Comprehensible input from a language learners perspective

Comprehensible input from a language learners perspective

"If acquisition is it, the question then becomes how do we acquire?" According to research on second language acquisition by Stephen Krashen, we acquire language in one and only one way. Comprehensible input. But what is comprehensible input? Comprehensible input, is a fancy way of saying listening and reading to things we understand. "We acquire language when we...
How to learn a language like Bruce Lee

How to learn a language like Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee is probably the most iconic person ever to come out of Hong Kong. His lightning fast moves are legendary all across the world, and so is his philosophy. Across his career, he always strove to be better and pushed himself. He developed not only a way of fighting, but a philosophy and a way of living as well. He believed in the acquisition of knowledge....