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Quality books for learning French

February 24, 2012

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I’ve been asked a couple of times this week about good books for studying French. For all the great resources that are out there, I still don’t think that you can beat the CLE series. They aren’t glamorous or trendy, and their titles aren’t subtle: Grammaire Progressive Du Francais, Vocabulaire Progressive du Francais. There’s no attempt to […]

Five apps for learning and practising Spanish

January 11, 2012

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1. Living Language Spanish Level: beginner to post-beginner Price: free to $19.99 This is a good place to start learning the basics of Spanish. You can try a couple of units of Living Language for free before deciding if it works for you, but it seems very well put together. Each unit walks you through […]

Language learning: 12 reasons why you’ll succeed this year

January 3, 2012

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Yes, you’ve said it before, that you’ll learn Spanish or brush up on your French. But 2012 is the year. This time, it’s really going to happen. Here’s why. 1. You’ll be realistic. For some people, it’s just about possible to start at nothing and end up fluent in the space of one year if […]

Essential stationery for the language learner

December 12, 2011

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You can, of course, do all your language learning online or verbally. You can use the Notes function on your iPad and type out vocab in Word. But if you’re anything like me, there is something inspiring – motivating, even – about the smell and the look of a brand new exercise book. Something about […]

Hindrances to language learning: ability

December 8, 2011

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I’m not going to lie or sugar-coat it for you: yes, some people have more natural ability in language than others. Just like some people are naturals at viola playing or calligraphy or hockey. But anyone, really, can learn the basics of viola playing, calligraphy or hockey. And anyone can lean the basics of a […]

Making the most of your language tutor

November 25, 2011

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There are many good reasons for using a language tutor. But they generally don’t come cheap, so here are some tips for getting the greatest possible return on investment. 1. Get a good one It may be tempting, what with the current economic climate and all that, to skimp and get the cheapest one possible. […]

Questions to ask a potential language tutor

October 29, 2011

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If you are going to be investing time and money in regular one-to-one tuition, it’s important that you choose your teacher wisely. After all, you may be spending more time with them than you do with some of your closest friends. These are some questions to ask to help determine whether they are right for […]