Chinese Family Tree

I still remember the first time I was invited in a Chinese family party. Everybody started to tell me to who are related. Of course, I did not understand anything. Firstly, because my Chinese was not that good at that time and secondly because a Chinese Family Tree gives you a headache. Surely, remembering 爸爸(baba/father) […]

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Posted on November 15, 2017 by

I want the best teacher ever

Reading around the web, I realize several students struggle to find a suitable teacher for their needs. I stress this point: suitable does not mean good. Compromising is vital. I summarize here the most important factors to choose (or not) a teacher: 1)The teacher has to know the subject what he/she is teaching. If a […]

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Posted on October 30, 2017 by

YOUR MOTHER TONGUE

Warning: contains coarse language I knew it! You read “coarse” and you are curious about this article. So, pardon my French and keep reading it. From the back cover: After centuries of war we Europeans are trying to get along together, but we keep treading on each other’s toes. Tread on an English toe and […]

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Posted on October 15, 2017 by

Russian language: some tips by an expert

According to Professor Viktor Shaklein, who has been teaching for 40 years the language of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, learning Russian is not that easy but not impossible, of course. So I decided to translate some excerpts from his recent interview appeared on this website. His answers provide very useful tips about how starting to learn […]

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Posted on September 30, 2017 by

Step by step and you will learn it!

    Recently, I was in a conference and some students asked me: Matteo, are there any steps we should follow to learn a foreign language properly?  I think about it. My conclusion is: there are no official steps to reach, for example, an intermediate level in a language. But, surely, there are some steps […]

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Posted on September 15, 2017 by

Watching video (for Advanced Learners)

In the previous article, we questioned if the potato couch method (aka lying down on a couch to watch passively movies or any kind of video in your target language, maybe eating junk food) helps your learning experience. We keep going here, focusing on advanced learners   Advanced Level If you use subtitles, use them […]

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Posted on August 30, 2017 by

Introductory Guide to Watching Videos for Language Learning

A typical mistake made by some language learners, at the beginning of their studies, is believe to this statement: if I start watching movies and TV series as much as I can I will speak a foreign language magically. Not at all! If you think so, I know you feel frustrated when you watch that […]

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Posted on August 15, 2017 by

Do’s and Don’ts of Good Language Learning Habits

  Language learning success is all about building the right habits. If you build productive habits from day one, language learning becomes a lot easier. Of course, there are habits of things to do, and habits of things to avoid, so we’ve compiled a list of Do’s and a list of Don’t’s to help you […]

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Posted on July 30, 2017 by

8 Tips to Stay Motivated When Learning A Language

When you’re learning a language, it’s important to stay motivated and keep putting in the work in order to see results. Here are some tips to help avoid overwhelm and stay motivated. Study the basic grammar. It’s important to understand the basic grammar to speak a language properly. You cannot avoid it, and if you […]

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Posted on July 15, 2017 by

Shadowing: A Language Learning Method

    Ever heard of shadowing? This is a language learning technique used to improve pronunciation and to help you remember the words you are repeating. If you don’t have time to train yourself in pronunciation, I suggest trying this technique.     Shadowing In Short   Shadowing involves exact copying (like following a shadow), […]

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Posted on June 30, 2017 by