Speak from day 1?

Speak from day 1?

One on the most debated topics in language learning is if we should speak from day 1, or if it's better to wait and build up our vocabulary first. In this post, I am going to break down the pros and cons of each, as well as my personal take on things.   Speak from day 1   The idea behind speaking from day 1, is that in order to get good at speaking a language, we...
How To Set Goals That Actually Work

How To Set Goals That Actually Work

Goal setting can be an incredibly powerful tool, not just for language learning but for anyone trying to improve a certain skill. If done right, it can increase motivation and efficiency, and have you progress must faster than if you just did random bits of study. So why is it that goal setting, remains one of the most underused tools in our arsenal?   why...
Learn 1500 Chinese Characters in 3 months?

Learn 1500 Chinese Characters in 3 months?

Is it possible to learn 1500 Chinese characters in 3 months? The simple answer is yes. However, the sheer thought alone of having to learn thousands of characters is enough to scare most learners away from even attempting Chinese in the first place. Images come up of writing out a bunch of unconnected drawings and squiggles hundreds of times to no avail, constantly...
Two weeks without English?!?! Chinese immersion project in Hong Kong

Two weeks without English?!?! Chinese immersion project in Hong Kong

This summer I will be going to Hong Kong for two weeks and giving up my own Native language (English). Hey, my name is Luke Truman and for the past 9 months I have been learning Cantonese. I have been avoiding characters completely to focus all of my attention towards speaking. However, I am reaching a point where it is becoming increasingly obvious that to progress...
Add1challenge

Add1challenge

Hello everyone, today I wanted to share with you my recent experience completing the add1challenge. So first of all, what is the add1challenge? The add1challenge, founded by Brian Kwong, brings language learners together from around the world with the common goal of holding a 15 minute conversation with a native speaker at the end of 90 days. Before the challenge...