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,...
10 things you need to know about Chinese characters

10 things you need to know about Chinese characters

Have you ever wanted to learn how to read and write Chinese? Or prehaps you are just interested to find out a bit more about this seemingly complex writing system? There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to Chinese characters, some people think they are pictures and others just a bunch of unconnected random lines. The fact is, that learning Chinese...
How to speak about niche topics without good materials to learn from

How to speak about niche topics without good materials to learn from

In order to progress at the intermediate stages we need to branch out into topics that are interesting to us. The normal recommendations is to read a lot or find podcasts/shows with transcripts (or at least subtitles in your target language) about specific topics in order to learn new words and vocabulary in that area. But what can you do if you are studying a...
Everything you need to know about SRS flashcards

Everything you need to know about SRS flashcards

What is an SRS flashcard? Flashcards are study tools used to help remember small pieces of information. You put a question or prompt on the front of the card with the answer on the back and you test yourself. Look at the prompt and see if you can recall the answer from memory. Now with smart phones and tablets, we can easily get access to SRS flashcards apps...
5 Ways to learn gramar without a grammar book

5 Ways to learn gramar without a grammar book

If you want to speak accurately and confidently with native speakers then grammar is an important part of language learning. However if you are like me, whenever you have gone to study grammar in the traditional sense, either from a grammar book or through exercise drills, shortly after starting I find myself, fed-up, bored and wanting to find anything else to do. I...
Top 10 Beginner Mistakes I wish I knew when I started learning a language

Top 10 Beginner Mistakes I wish I knew when I started learning a language

Making mistakes are an integral part of language learning, both using the language and trying to figure out what works for you. That being said, here are 10 mistakes I wish I knew when I first started learning, and 10 mistakes you should definitely avoid!    1.) Spending too much time with English   This was probably my biggest mistakes when I first started learning...
Cantonese Literature – The many (free) books of Hong Kong Golden

Cantonese Literature – The many (free) books of Hong Kong Golden

One of the biggest misconceptions with Cantonese that I always hear is that Cantonese is a spoken only language and it is never written down. While standard Chinese is used for almost all serious documents and books, the fact that Cantonese is never written down is just outright wrong, and if you do some digging there is quite a lot out there. If you are not at an...