Topic: Language Learning (147 articles)

Language Learning

Learning Languages With Netflix Has Just Become So Much Easier

Many language learners are watching movies to improve their listening comprehension and pick up new words. Some like to just immerse themselves in the foreign language with foreign subtitles, others watch it with foreign audio and subtitles in their native…

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Hacks & Tutorials

How To Start An Online Book Club

If there ever was a perfect time to start an online book club, this is it. Everyone is looking for inspiration, distraction, anything to feel like life as we know it continues. We finally have the time to tackle books…

March 27, 2020, by

German

Boost Your German Vocab With This Quirky Web Game

While sorting through some old files recently (definitely not procrastination but research!) I stumbled over some old notes and re-discovered this quirky little language learning game which is just too good not to share. It’s called Ba Ba Dum, and…

March 12, 2020, by

German

3 Simple Rules of German Negation: How To Position “Nicht” in A Sentence

German syntax can be quite daunting. There are many moving parts. It can be helpful to split things up into smaller more manageable bits. Earlier today for example a question came up on the newsletter about the correct placement of…

February 27, 2020, by

German

New: German Dialogues For Beginners & Intermediates (PDF, MOBI, EPUB)

Over the past few months I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of dialogue. Whether it’s the Socratic dialogues or the Analects of Confucius, both Eastern and Western traditions have been using dialogue as a teaching tool for more…

February 3, 2020, by

German

Should German Learners Use Google Translate?

When Wikipedia first became popular I remember my teachers and professors scoffing at it: “A free encyclopedia? On the Internet? Why, that can’t be good! You had better learn to use the library instead, young whippersnapper!” And yet everyone still…

January 14, 2020, by

German

“Schlaflose Sarah”, or: How to Make an App When You Don’t Know How

Ever since I first started writing interactive fantasy fiction for German learners back in 2013 I’ve been toying with the idea of doing something similar in app form. But I had two problems. First of all, the fantasy genre wasn’t…

December 23, 2019, by

German

Not Rammstein: German Music Artists Beyond The Teutonic Shtick

When we think of Brazilian music we think of samba, bossa nova, a cool breeze on the beach and the Girl from Ipanema. But what do you think of when you think German music? Do you think of laid-back melodies…

October 13, 2019, by

German

7 Tools To Help You Write In German

There are many ways to learn German, and they all have their pros and cons. Obviously, I’m a huge fan of learning German with stories. I believe it’s one of the most fun methods of acquiring new vocabulary and making…

October 1, 2019, by

Guest Posts

The Pareto Law Applied To Language Learning

Most people have heard of the 80/20 rule. This law was coined by mathematician Vilfredo Pareto. The concept is simple: in anything you do, 20% of your efforts will yield 80% of the results. What is this 20% in language…

September 20, 2019, by

German

NEW: Karneval in Köln Workbook (PDF)

Good news, everyone! Jeff Richards and I completed another workbook for the Dino lernt Deutsch series. This time we’re bringing you another 60+ pages packed with exercises, writing prompts, crossword puzzles and other activities for Karneval in Köln. As with the…

September 3, 2019, by

Guest Posts

5 Books ESL Learners Ignore at Their Own Peril

If you want to improve your English, the books on this list will contribute to your growth as an ESL learner. The best part? The books are actually interesting and you’ll improve your knowledge of English literature in the process….

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