Posts tagged language learning


Learn Hebrew With Israeli Movies And Award-Winning TV Series “Shtisel”

When I first started learning Hebrew, I used a very popular overpriced software which promised to make learning a new language simple and intuitive. But after a few days of clicking on colorful stock photos of smiling people and saying…

April 3, 2014, by


5 German Novels For Beginners and Intermediate German Learners

Learning German with textbooks and worksheets only gets you so far. After a while, you need to start putting the pieces together by speaking to people, watching German movies, reading blogs and newspapers or German short stories. Once you feel comfortable reading…

March 25, 2014, by


German Gamebooks For German Learners

Gamebooks (“Spielbücher” in German), or “choose your own adventure” books, as they’re often called, were all the rage in the 70s and 80s. The idea was simple: to create a book where the reader can influence the story by making…

December 9, 2013, by

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Boost Your Vocabulary with The New Kindle Paperwhite Feature

I’m usually not the first one to get all excited about a new version of some piece of hardware, but I’ve noticed a few features of the newly released Kindle Paperwhite which might be very helpful for language learners. Overall,…

September 10, 2013, by


Learn German With Adventure Games

Foreign language learners have access to a wealth of online learning materials, from books to interactive exercises, videos, audio and more. And yet, one key ingredient is still often missing: real world practice. Sure, if you already live in the…

September 2, 2013, by


How To Add a German-English Dictionary To Kindle on Your iPad or iPhone (iOS)

One of the great benefits of using ebooks for language learning is the ability to use custom dictionaries. Instead of having to search for each unknown word in a dictionary you can get instant translations while reading your book. If…

August 9, 2013, by

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Learn Better English Through Storytelling

If you speak English, the world is yours, whether in business, academics, technology or on public internet forums. If you were born into an English speaking country, good for you. If not, you probably had to work hard to acquire…

July 30, 2013, by

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3 Reasons Why Video Games Are Underestimated In Language Learning

Is dabbling in video games a valid method for learning a foreign language? Slaying dragons and fighting epic space battles may be an entertaining way to kill some time, but it’s not what most people would associate with learning a new language….

April 2, 2013, by

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The Practice Of Not Knowing: A Third Method Of Foreign Language Learning

When learning a new language there are those things we need to know, those things we need to practice and a million other things we don’t know. 1. Knowledge Is (Passive) Power Knowing something usually doesn’t take a lot of…

March 25, 2013, by


How Not To Learn German Quickly

Through the years as a German teacher I had the chance to work with learners from all over the world. Not only did I observe a variety of difficulties due to peculiarities of mother tongues but even beyond that each…

March 13, 2013, by

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Language Learning Is Not A Contest

Browsing through language learning related forums and blogs, I sometimes get the impression that language learning is a new sport. Learners boast with the number of tongues they have “mastered” and conversation topics circle around questions of “Faster, Higher, Stronger”…

March 4, 2013, by

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Your Brain On Storytelling: 3 Reasons Why Stories Help Us Learn Languages

“The universe is made of stories, not atoms,” the poet Muriel Rukeyser once stated. We are storytelling creatures. We use narrative to make sense of both ancient history and our daily experience. Every culture has its own set of stories…

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