Monthly Archives: January 2012

Can we learn 100 words a day?

In a comment to a previous post, Stefan asked me how many words I thought I could learn in a day. We had quite a discussion on this, and I have given it some more thought. If I take my own Czech studies, I have been at it about 6 months. It is all… Continue reading

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Learn the basics in the language first? Really?

Can we even learn the basics first? I find that I cannot do it. I just forge ahead and learn words and get used to the language? I think we need to cover a lot of ground, some new, some old. We need to explore new things, pushing the boundaries, w… Continue reading

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“Babel No More” by Michael Erard, a book review

Babel No More by Michael Erard is described on the front cover as “the search for the world’s most extraordinary language learners.” The book is well written, like an adventure or treasure hunt. A number of well known speakers of many languages, h… Continue reading

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Is Pimsleur effective?

Many people like using Pimsleur. I consider it a poor investment of time. I think the difference is in how different people study and what their goals are. My goal is to acquire as many words as possible, in the shortest period of time, so that I … Continue reading

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Pimsleur or talk like a native in 10 days.

Pimleur promises that you will talk like a native in 10 days. Pimsleur does not even specify the language, Spanish? Chinese? Hungarian? Who knows? Pimsleur is a venerable name in language learning. Why this “snake-oil salesman” approach to promoti… Continue reading

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Online educational badges a new form of credential.

Will online badges replace diplomas one day? Here is an article on the subject. Right now students have to go to college to earn diplomas, the tickets they need for success in the work place. Studies show that many of these students learn little, … Continue reading

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