Category Archives for "Beliefs & Personality"

Language Learners’ Main Concern

I recently sent out a survey to the subscribers on this website, seeking information about a number of things. One question was to do with their single greatest concern about learning a new language. Rather than write about it here, I decided to make a short video talking a little about the answers of the language learners. You […]

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Laziness is not what you think

laziness and language learning

So many people have told me that the reason they struggle to learn a new language is that they are lazy. I suspect that many readers will be nodding their heads, and be saying, “Yep, that’s me!”.  Laziness is a word we created to describe how we feel about doing something. One dictionary describes it as […]

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Language Learning and Empathy

You may be wondering what empathy has got to do with language learning. Well, just suspend your judgment for a minute or two and read on to see its importance to any serious language learner. What I talk about here you may see more relevant to an immersion environment, however I believe that if looked […]

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Language Learning Immersion Is Not The Whole Answer

language immersion

It has been shown that learning another language in an immersion environment is consistently superior to that of explicit language instruction- as in a typical classroom situation. This has been shown anecdotally, as well as in some hard nosed research which looked at the respective effects on brain function. Learning a new language in an immersion environment […]

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Language Learning and Culture

People do intuitively understand that there is a connection between languages and culture but sometimes the relationship between language learning and culture is not sufficiently explored. So let’s have a look at a few issues that can help some language learners.   Every language has embedded cultural overtones. These, of course, vary from country to […]

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Steve Job’s Approach to Language Learning!

Steve Jobs’ impact on our life cannot be overestimated. His innovations have likely touched nearly every aspect of life to do with– computers, movies, music and mobiles. I have here applied Jobs’ set of principles that drove his success to language learning. 1. Do what you love. Jobs once said, “People with passion can change […]

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Language Learning Beliefs

Your beliefs in language learning are a critical factor in whether your learning is going to be successful The role of beliefs in learning languages is largely ignored in most language learning books, courses and classes, and by those who attempt to learn one by themselves. There are many factors at work in becoming a […]

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