Why You Should Mix Up Your Language Goals

What do you dream of doing in your target language? Lots of people have a goal in mind when they start learning a language. They want to travel to a country where it's spoken or they want to communicate with someone new. No matter the reason, something pushes them to start learning. Along the way, … Continue reading Why You Should Mix Up Your Language Goals

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Learning a New Language: Is It Better to Have a Plan?

How did you start learning your target language? Maybe you took a class and a teacher guided you through a curriculum or maybe you just got curious and started using Duolingo. Either way, you probably had a reason to begin learning and an initial goal to work towards. But what about a plan? We're often … Continue reading Learning a New Language: Is It Better to Have a Plan?

It’s Such an Easy Language – Why Can’t I Learn It?

Once upon a time, the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) created a ranking of languages based on how difficult it was for a native English speaker to learn them well enough to reach “Professional Working Proficiency”. Some languages, like Spanish, were listed as Category I, meaning it took roughly 24-30 weeks or 600-750 classroom hours to … Continue reading It’s Such an Easy Language – Why Can’t I Learn It?

Don’t Let Depression Stop You from Learning a Language

Learning a language isn’t all sunshine, rainbows, and an endless trail of Duolingo hearts. It’s forgetting words you thought you knew, mixing up grammar rules, and choking when you try to speak. It has bad days. We don't always talk about the real bad days, either. For anyone whose suffered with depression at any point, … Continue reading Don’t Let Depression Stop You from Learning a Language

How Creative Writing Can Help You Learn a Language

What's the last thing you wrote? A grocery list? An address? A date on your calendar? You might have already tried using your target language in your everyday life through writing. Maybe you've written sticky notes with vocabulary and placed them around the house. Maybe your grocery list isn't in your native language. Now, what's … Continue reading How Creative Writing Can Help You Learn a Language

En Français! 10 Awesome Ways to Kill Time While Learning French

If you've been learning French for a while, you know how exciting it can be to find native content and entertaining things to read in French. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be a chore to find things you like. You can ask around, but if no one else has any new suggestions, you have to try … Continue reading En Français! 10 Awesome Ways to Kill Time While Learning French

Can You Really Learn a Foreign Language? Or Do You Feel Like You’re Faking It?

Language learning anxiety is a mixed bag of emotions that you'd rather avoid altogether. Pair it with a perfectionist streak or a desire to succeed at everything, and you end up with a thought process that encourages you to hide under a rock and hope no one notices how terrible you are at learning Spanish … Continue reading Can You Really Learn a Foreign Language? Or Do You Feel Like You’re Faking It?

What I Learned From 72 Hours of Studying Portuguese

Obsessive language learners might know the experience of rattling off their language goals only to be met with a few raised eyebrows. Common sense tells me I’ve got enough to work on between French, Spanish, and Japanese. But common sense didn’t stand a chance once I stumbled across the #LangJam challenge. For those who don’t … Continue reading What I Learned From 72 Hours of Studying Portuguese

Struggling to Read that French Novel? Blame the Passé Simple

As someone over the age of 5, you get to a certain point where you really don't want to read any more children's stories, news articles, or some other random French text without any character development. If you're a bit of a bookworm, you might have a difficult time ignoring all those famous French novels … Continue reading Struggling to Read that French Novel? Blame the Passé Simple

LGBTQ+ in Any Language

You've got vocabulary lists for food, directions, and family members, but do you know how to talk about all things LGBTQ+ in your target language? Well, there's no better time to learn than during Pride month! Pride is great for both celebrating and advocating for LGBTQ+ rights, but it also reminds us to take a … Continue reading LGBTQ+ in Any Language