Monthly Archives: September 2011

Timing and language learning effectiveness.

Language learning effectiveness depends to a large degree on timing. There are times when we are prepared to learn certain things, and other times when we are not. If confronted with information at a time when we are not ready, or not interested, … Continue reading

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The truth about how I learn languages.

Language learning, to me, has always been a matter of relentlessly pursuing words, acquiring them and losing them, and gradually accumulating them as I read and listen to content of interest. Along the way I learn the language. I am an agressive L… Continue reading

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Czech vocabulary, time to regroup.

I will soon have been at Czech for two months. I have been saving LingQ like mad in Czech. I now have over 10,000 LingQs in my database. These are words that I have looked up and am trying to learn. I occasionally move some to known, so that my le… Continue reading

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Common Core State Standards for English. Who benefits?

Who benefits from the regular revamping of educational standards? Does educational achievement go up or go down? I suspect these activities have little effect on educational outcomes. Stanford University researchers are going to help English Langu… Continue reading

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Anthony Robbins and language learning.

Motivation is the key element in the language learning tripod. (Attitude, Time, and Attentiveness.) Anthony Robbins is a motivational speaker who talks about how to make money, but his ideas apply at least as much to language learning. This video … Continue reading

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Does input based language learning work for beginners?

I often hear the argument that LingQ is difficult for beginners, or even not suitable for beginners. I am sure that many learners feel this way. I can only say that I do not find this to be the case. It may be because I am a more motivated or more… Continue reading

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How many people in the world learn German as a foreign language?

15 million people are learning German as a foreign language according to the Goethe Institute. These people need to find LingQ. Continue reading

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