Top myths in language learning – part 2

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.   I need someone to teach me the language Whenever the topic of language learning comes up people usually ask my why I wanted to learn Cantonese....
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...