Monthly Archives: November 2010

Abraham Lincoln and language learning

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. ” Abraham Lincoln The same can be said for language learning. “Most folks are as happy learning languages as they make up their minds to be” which equates to “Most folks learn languages a… Continue reading

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The brain learns all the time – a couple of thoughts from Manfred Spitzer

The brain learns all the time, and not only when instructed, and for that reason it makes a big difference if one enjoys interacting with something or is bored.Whenever we learn something we change our brain, and this process goes on throughout ou… Continue reading

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We do not need more language courses. We need courses on how to learn languages.

I hear more and more stories about people who study a certain language for years and never get anywhere. I see the high cost of these courses, whether Wall Street Institute or, as recently in St. Gallen, the Migros courses, I am struck by one evid… Continue reading

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Perhaps the biggest obstacle of all to language learning.

In a comment to a previous post, Melissa spelled out what I think happens to a lot of language learners.”To comment on the original post, I spent a significant amount of time in the beginning of my language learning journey focusing on the “work” … Continue reading

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In language learning, a little practice goes a long way

A recent study seems to show that a lot of exposure and a little practice can be as effective as a lot of practice in learning languages and music. This was reported on the Street-Smart Language Learning blog.These kinds of studies are always subj… Continue reading

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Sicily, languages and multiculturalism.

In Belgium, Canada, Spain and other places, sparks fly over language politics. Here in Sicily, if I got the history figured out right, there were, in pre-historice times, some early settlers who spoke Indo-European and maybe other languages. Then … Continue reading

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The Sicilians

Sicily is wonderful, the architecture, the views, the food, the wine, but more than anything else, the people. People are not effusive like the people in Salerno, they are more conservative but just make you feel welcome. They are very proud of Si… Continue reading

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