Monthly Archives: July 2012

Passive vocabulary is more important than active vocabulary.

Just to be a bit of contrarian, I believe that passive vocabulary is more important than active vocabulary. Passive vocabulary is the focus of most of my active language learning. If I have a large vocabulary, the rest will come. For me, it is mor… Continue reading

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When to move on to the next lesson.

This is a perennial question at LingQ and elsewhere. Here is my take on it. The first rule of language learning is to do what you like to do. This way you are more likely to continue, and put in enough time. Having said that, I strongly recommend … Continue reading

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Learning two languages, and how long it takes.

I was asked the perennial question about learning two languages, and also about how long it takes to learn a language, at our Forum at LingQ. Here is what I had to say. Hi Guillermo, Your enthusiasm is great, and a guarantee that you will succeed…. Continue reading

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US Politics. Obamacare. What’s the problem?

What is behind the resistance to a compulsory universal health insurance program in the US? I do not always understand US politics, but I am really lost on the health care issue. The US spends amost twice as much per capita on health as most OECD … Continue reading

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Are schools too easy?

A recent survey in the US shows that a high percentage of school kids complain that school is too easy, and therefore boring. At the same time, a high percentage of kids have trouble at school. I don’t know if it is the same kids or not. I suspect… Continue reading

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Kids learn faster

Adults can learn more words, and can learn to read more, and express more complex concepts in a language, but when it comes to acquiring the language, the kids do it more efficiently and more effortlessly. We can learn from them. Read about how th… Continue reading

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Language learning burnout

Do you sometimes experience burnout when learning a language? I don’t. I just keep my activities varied, and focus on acitivites that I enjoy. Continue reading

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