10 Things You Should Know Before You Move To South America

Here are some things to help you prepare… 1. People on the ground are your best resource. When I first went to Colombia, the number one thing I did right was to have contact with somebody on the ground. I was admittedly a bit nervous …

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The Book Hack For Learning A New Language

I just finished reading an entire book in Spanish, and I’ve got to tell you it was a really good hack to improve my vocabulary and reading skills. It was such a good exercise I am already planning on reading another one, possibly in another …

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How To Keep Going On A Lengthy Project

The other day I was struggling through a project I am working on. It seemed to be going nowhere, and I seemed to be plodding along at an extremely slow pace, only accomplishing very small things. Now, this is a project for me, not something …

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You Don’t Need To Live In Every City

Some days I wake up very undecided in terms of my travel plans because there is so much of the world to see. I mean, I really do have a desire to see it all, but there’s just so many possibilities. ** By the way, …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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