Why Clicking Pictures Won’t Help You Learn A Foreign Language

I recently wrote a little intro to Livemocha, an online community which I think is great for learning a new language. Not all aspects of the site are great, though. This is especially true when it comes the courses. Basically, here’s how the courses work…. …

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How To Learn Spanish Fast

All right, I’m going to tell you how to learn Spanish fast, and by fast, I mean about 10 times faster than your average sit-and-soak classroom setting. I’m planning on writing a lot more about how I’ve hacked Spanish, so make sure you subscribe via …

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How The Hell Did I End Up Here? And Other Memories From 2011

The 2011 year has raced by faster than any year I can remember. It has been one of the most eye-opening, inspiring, life-altering years of my life in so many ways. This blog hardly begins to scratch the surface it all. But what makes me …

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Something I Should Have Done Ten Years Ago

At last. When this post goes live, I will be en route to Bogotá, Colombia, the start of my 3 month (minimum) trip abroad. It’s the first long-term travel I’ve ever done. I am so excited. I am totally stoked. I can’t even begin to …

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5 Ways You Are Slowing Your Progress To Fluency

Snail's Pace

The past few weeks I have been studying Spanish pretty hard. It really feels like working out. I literally feel tired after an hour of intensive study. My method has mainly been the Pimsleur audio program and LiveMocha courses in Spanish, and occasionally I have …

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How to Learn Spanish Intonation Without Boring Yourself to Death

I have thus far been taking a fairly “academic” approach to learning Spanish, i.e., following the Pimsleur program it its listen-and-repeat mode. But there’s a problem. In an academic approach, everything feels more like a drill and is fairly boring, honestly. Now, drills can be …

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