“Success lies in the heart, and is activated by the hope that lies in the dream.”
by ~Doug Firebaugh~

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How To Improve Memory

Two ways to deal with the question of “how to improve memory”. Most of the articles I have seen on how to improve memory don’t necessarily relate to the needs of language learners. I will look here at two quite different ways to improve memory, specifically for language learners. I have written a number of

Language Learning Goals

Having language learning goals is one of the key strategies that successful language learners have in common.  One of the biggest obstacles to learning is the lack of a clear goal. Many learners will say, “it would be nice to learn Spanish” or “my wife’s family speaks Chinese, so I want to learn it” or

Perception in English Spelling

Perception as a learning skill is of undoubted importance.  It is hardly ever talked about in relation to learning languages but its importance I believe is common sense.  We all learnt our first language by figuring it all out for ourselves.  To do that we had to have great perceptive skills. As adults we have

How To Memorize Vocabulary

One of the most common problems or issues that language learners talk about is how to memorize vocabulary. I have talked before about what strategies learner can employ to improve their ability to remember vocabulary in a number of posts. Memorizing is something that many language learners want to do better, however what most of

Improving Language Practice

Language Practice Everyone knows the importance of language practice for language learners.  However there is not much discussion about what actually is good practice.  I have seen practice that is next to useless and practice that brings amazing improvements.  So sometimes the reason why people don’t progress as they would like is that they not

Spelling in English – Part 1

There has been some confusion about the nature of English spelling, partly because it seems to have so many words that don’t appear to follow any rule or reason.  However without a doubt English is a phonetic language. By understanding this in a practical way you can significantly improve your spelling.   When we say

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