10 September 2012 ~ 7 Comments

Three Powerful Hacks To Learn Any Language

The more I learn about learning, the more I realize how much of a role psychological factors play in whether or not you learn something. As such, if you are trying to learn a new language, it may be a better approach to think of ways you can “hack” your psychology for bigger gains. Here [...]

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13 June 2012 ~ 8 Comments

My Practical Hacking Portuguese Plan

So, you perhaps you’ve read I’m headed to Brazil soon. Very soon. In fact, when you read this I will already be there. I need to learn Portuguese fast. I don’t have time for dilly-dally, clicking pictures, or time-consuming, low-yield efforts at learning the language. I need a plan to hack it, and hack it [...]

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02 June 2012 ~ 2 Comments

Review Of SpanishPod101.com: Very Useful Once Beyond Beginner’s Level

I’ve written on a few language learning resources I’ve found helpful in the process of learning Spanish, including Pimsleur and Livemocha. In addition, I haven’t written about the piles of resources I’ve found unhelpful, but rather why certain methodologies in general don’t seem to work for me. Today, I want to share why SpanishPod101.com is [...]

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13 May 2012 ~ 5 Comments

Fluency vs. Proficiency (And Why It Matters)

If you read this blog, you probably know I have been learning Spanish. It has been my first attempt to learn a foreign language in a functional, life-enhancing way, which would enable me to play, live, and do business comfortably in Latin America (among other things). I’ve discovered some things that work, and some things [...]

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20 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

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 email at the end of the post, or grab the [...]

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14 February 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Get Spanish Help Right Now Using These 2 Resources (They’re Free)

There are two websites I have come across recently which I have been absolutely eating up. Both help you learn Spanish. Both are free. And the best part is, this is NOT any kind of sponsored post. I write this post only to pass them along to you. 1. University of Texas Spanish Proficiency Exercises [...]

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27 December 2010 ~ 12 Comments

How I Accomplished My 2010 New Year’s Resolution and What I Learned In The Process

I did it. This past weekend I completed the final lesson in Pimsleur Spanish 3. This was a New Year’s resolution of mine that I kept, with a week to spare before the end of 2010. It was not easy… It was tedious at times. It was boring at times. It was annoying at times… [...]

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03 December 2010 ~ 12 Comments

The Paradox of Motivation

Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor. -Soren Kierkegaard Learning a language is a project. It’s not something you can just do well “in your spare time” or while you are significantly committed to other things. I was reading a blog the other day that talked about how language is not [...]

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26 November 2010 ~ 15 Comments

How Fast Can You Really Learn Spanish?

How Fast Can You Really Learn Spanish?

As you may know, I am attempting to learn Spanish in preparation for my trip to Colombia. I have really been working hard at it during the last 2 weeks… trying to avoid things that slow me down, and often studying over an hour a day. Now, if you think about it, an hour a [...]

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31 October 2010 ~ 10 Comments

5 Ways You Are Slowing Your Progress To Fluency

5 Ways You Are Slowing Your Progress To Fluency

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 a Skype conversation with a native Spanish speaker. I am [...]

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