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How to Learn British English with me

Introduction So you want to learn British English? Learning any foreign language is no easy task, it takes a long time and a lot of exposure in order to achieve a high level. Fortunately for you, this can also be a pleasant, enriching and enjoyable process. Learning...

How I learned Cantonese in 2 years

How I learned Cantonese in 2 years

Introduction   Cantonese is perceived as a difficult language, with lots of cultural references, tones, characters, the spoken and written divide and so on it can be hard to even know where to begin. And even if you do get past the beginner stage, Cantonese just...

Top myths in language learning – part 2

There are a lot of misconceptions out there when it comes to language learning, some more damaging than others. Therefore, today I am continuing with the second blog post in my series about top language learning myths.

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...

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Spoken Cantonese vs Written Chinese??

The written and spoken Cantonese divide can be a very confusing at first for new learners of Cantonese. Especially if you aren't aware of why it exists, or even aware it exists at all. When I started learning Cantonese I had no idea what the difference between written...