15 April 2013 ~ 3 Comments

A Simple Tactic To Handle Flakey Girls From Any Country

Every now and then I peak over at my analytics to see what posts on my blog people are reading the most… Do you know what is one of the top pages people see when they first come to this blog? It’s my post about flakey Colombian girls. I didn’t really intend this, but it’s […]

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07 April 2013 ~ 8 Comments

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 when I first went to Bogotá. After all, I was […]

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11 March 2013 ~ 9 Comments

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 language I might be picking up again in the near […]

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24 September 2012 ~ 4 Comments

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 someone else is requiring me to do. But it seemed […]

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17 September 2012 ~ 6 Comments

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, I have a HUGE post coming down the pipe about […]

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10 September 2012 ~ 8 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 ~ 9 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 ~ 4 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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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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