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....
Spoken Cantonese vs Written Chinese??

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 Chinese and spoken Cantonese is. All I knew is that when I started speaking with my tutor on...
The single most important thing – Motivation

The single most important thing – Motivation

Motivation is the most important thing in language learning. It is what drives us, keeps us going when things get hard, and makes us put in the time. If we are motivated, and spend time with the language, everything else almost doesn't matter. If we keep going, we will learn. So for such an important thing, why is it so fickle? How can we keep our motivation high,...