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...