07 October 2012 ~ 7 Comments

How I Stayed In São Paulo Brazil For Free (And How You Can Too)

Fresh off that massive post covering my recent trip to Brazil, I want to tell you how I stayed in the city of São Paulo for free. I was there a total of 4 days including a weekend, and stayed in my own private room for free. I did this in one of the most […]

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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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03 April 2012 ~ 2 Comments

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…. You hear and read a bunch of words and phrases […]

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13 March 2012 ~ 3 Comments

Guide To Livemocha: How To Effectively Use The World’s Largest Language Learning Community

In my journey to learn Spanish, I have used a lot of different resources, figuring out which ones are the most helpful, and which ones are a large waste of time. One resource I have used extensively is Livemocha, and today I’m going to tell you how you can get the most out of it. […]

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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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16 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

8 Reasons Why You Still Haven’t Learned Your Target Foreign Language

Here is why you aren’t learning Spanish, or French or Polish or whichever. 1. You are not doing something every day. Honestly, a dabble here and a dabble there is a waste of your time. Even a class once a week is largely a waste of time, and money. You will get nowhere unless you […]

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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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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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01 October 2010 ~ 4 Comments

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 a very good thing to do. But, with LiveMocha, I […]

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