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