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Learning Finnish with songs and English lyrics – Clear the list, June 2017

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The Clear-the-List challenge is hosted by Lindsay (from lindsaydoeslanguages.com), Kris Broholm, Angel Pretot and Shannon of Eurolinguiste. The goal is to share monthly goals and support each other while learning foreign languages.   Today on the menu: A review of my goals for May & Finnish Trial-and-error approach and breakthroughs Goals for June Epiphany in French Future projects   Review of May I did take a look at the Finnish phonology. But the wikipedia page isn’t complete. If you read the main source of the page...

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Learning Brazilian Portuguese & Finnish: clear the list – May 2017

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Learning Brazilian Portuguese & Finnish: clear the list – May 2017

The Clear-the-List challenge is hosted by Lindsay (from lindsaydoeslanguages.com), Kris Broholm, Angel Pretot and Shannon of Eurolinguiste. The goal is to share monthly goals and support each other while learning foreign languages.   Review of April talking to myself: I haven’t really done it. I wasn’t lazy or anything, I just forgot! week 4 video: I made a video where I speak Portuguese after four weeks of learning. singing Disney songs: check! I had fun doing it. At the beginning I had no idea what I was singing. But little...

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Speaking Brazilian Portuguese after one month – Video

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Speaking Brazilian Portuguese after one month – Video

Yesterday I filmed myself speaking Brazilian Portuguese. I started learning a month ago. I’m not proud of how much I’ve learned so far. But I’m not ashamed either 🙂 Let me explain. I started very slow. The first week, I spent more time watching South Park (in English) rather than learning Portuguese. Then this last week, I started watching Masterchef Brasil and it made a huge difference. Most Brazilian youtubers speak too fast for me to understand them clearly right now. Sometimes I have a good grasp of what they talk about...

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Learning Brazilian Portuguese: clear the list – April 2017

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Learning Brazilian Portuguese: clear the list – April 2017

Review for March I started posting regularly on Instagram, but then I stopped because I felt like it was forced and wasn’t that interesting. I won’t try to post regularly in April, we’ll see in the future if I can come up with something interesting to do on Insta. I joined Clear the List 🙂 I only went through the first unit of the Mimic Method due to some technical problems with the comments of Soundcloud that disappeared! But I did their Nasal Bootcamp for a week to train my ability to switch on and off the nasal vowels....

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Learning Brazilian Portuguese: clear the list – March 2017

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Learning Brazilian Portuguese: clear the list – March 2017

I’m joining late but better late than never. The Clear-the-List challenge is hosted by Lindsay (from lindsaydoeslanguages.com), Kris Broholm, Angel Pretot and Shannon of Eurolinguiste. The goal is to share monthly goals and support each other while learning foreign languages.   Goals for March 2017 I just started learning Brazilian Portuguese. My goal is to learn how to speak Brazilian Portuguese without using any translation or written script. In other words, I will only use videos and audio to learn. I intend to do that by...

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How to read faster and comprehend more: increasing your reading speed by 200% in 30 Minutes

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How to read faster and comprehend more: increasing your reading speed by 200% in 30 Minutes

Warning: before reading this post and applying the tricks explained here, you must know that there’s a very low probability of your brain exploding during the process! I decline any responsibility if such an event were to occur…   Wow. I’m shocked. What I’m about to tell you just blew my mind! This is not clickbait. This is serious stuff. And the post where I found this technique was titled: “How to read 300% faster in 20 minutes”. So there’s still room for improvement.   If you’re like me and everyone else, you probably read...

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What Gary Vaynerchuk can teach you about language learning

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What Gary Vaynerchuk can teach you about language learning

Learning a new language is always a challenge. Even when you have already learned languages before. Sometimes you want to try a new method. But this method doesn’t fit you and it’s not working. You lacked self-awareness… Sometimes you want to learn a new language fast. Too fast. And you’re frustrated with your results one week, two weeks after starting. You lacked patience… Sometimes you’re not persistent. You feel you’ve done enough. Even though somewhere deep down you know you ought to do a little more. You didn’t hustle…   Sometimes...

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The most spoken language in 2050…

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The most spoken language in 2050…

English, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese or even Hindi? Which one will be the most spoken language in 2050? According to a recent study the answer might surprise you.   Repartition in 2010 This infographics represents the situation in 2010: Mandarin leads the race, followed closely by English and Spanish. No very surprising given the fact that China is the most populated country in the world. Spanish is the main language in South America and English is spoken all around the world. The international bank Natixis published a study and...

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3 lessons from Arnold Schwarzenegger to learn any language

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3 lessons from Arnold Schwarzenegger to learn any language

Mr. Olympia. Hollywood actor. Governor of California. Three different areas (even though we could argue that they are all related to exhibition and entertainment). Three huge accomplishments. And a lot of hard work. Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in 1947 in Austria. He came to the US at the age of 21, speaking broken English. And here are three lessons from his life. And how you can apply them to learn a foreign language.   Know what you want Arnold knew what he wanted early on – whether it be about fitness, learning English or...

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How to learn Italian online for free

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How to learn Italian online for free

Learning a new language can be tough. Learning a new language can be expensive. Learning a new language can be overwhelming. Especially when you’re just getting started. You see all these resources, all these apps and you don’t know where to begin.   Once upon a time there was a guy. An Italian guy from Brescia. His name was (and still is) Alberto. Back in 2013, he created “Italiano Automatico”. His mission was: “To make learning Italian SIMPLE, feel NATURAL, and be as INTERESTING as possible! To combine learning Italian with the...

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