Language

Dec
22

What Words Should I Learn First When Learning a Language?

** UPDATE ** I have added several languages to the chart as well as increased the base word list.  This chart is far from comprehensive.  It was originally just something done for myself, wanting to take an available resource and exploit it for my own learning benefit.  Now, I am opening it up to anyone […]

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Dec
08

Automatic Teller Machine Hacks – Getting More from your ATM

Are You Willing To Do What It Takes to Learn a Language? Two days ago I was giving a presentation entitled ‘Rebooting Your Mind to Learn [pick-a-language]’ to a group of 100 expats living in a particular SE Asian nation.  I don’t want to mention the actual language as I believe that the story that […]

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Nov
18

Cringeworthy Bad Google Translate Fails Explained

What on earth could possibly translate into “Today’s mother cooking something to eat some rats”, or “Like a chicken in rats with”? Yesterday this cringeworthy excerpt from a Thai English language learning book was posted on a number of sites and caused a lot of questions about a number of topics.  How can Google translate […]

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Nov
13

Your Dog Can Help Coach Your Tones when Learning a Tonal Language

“You Speak So Well!” Have you ever been learning a language like Thai, Chinese or Vietnamese and received a compliment in the very beginning stages along the lines of “You speak so well!” While providing that much needed motivation to keep going in the language, receiving such compliments can start to be detrimental to your […]

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Oct
29

Why Do Many Asian Languages Mix Up ‘R’ and ‘L’?

When I was a kid in a much less politically correct world, I used to love watching ‘Get Smart’ episodes after school.  There was a Chinese villain in the series named ‘The Claw’ who had a claw for a hand who would always end up in crazy back and forth ‘Who’s on first’ like discussion […]

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Oct
20

How to Develop Thought Fluency in a Foreign Language

One of the most powerful skills you as a language learner could hope to develop is the ability to think directly in the language that you’re learning without having to go through your mother tongue. I call this ‘thought fluency’, and it is the core skill that I aim to get kicking into action from […]

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Jul
03

How to Build the Ultimate Vocabulary Building Tool

By the end of this article, you will have all the tools available to automatically generate your own customised multi-lingual audio vocabulary learning training files and physical flash cards to help you increase your vocabulary in the language that you are learning and develop a much more natural level of fluency speaking the language. Watch […]

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May
28

Welcome to My New Language and Mind Mastery #LAMM Video Series

I have just started recording a brand new video series that have the same title as this blog – “Language and Mind Mastery”. These clips will cover anything and everything to do with language, linguists, learning and mind skills. I have recorded many clips already and many to come. You can see all of them […]

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