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....