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How to use Warren Buffett’s 5/25 rule to learn a foreign language

The 5/25 rule comes from a piece of advice that Warren Buffett gave to his personal airline pilot. They were talking about the pilot’s career when Warren told him to make a 25-item list of his professional goals. Maybe it’s true. Maybe it’s just a legend. But whether the story is real or not doesn’t …

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How to use Tim Ferriss’ fear-setting exercise to finally learn a foreign language

Tim Ferriss has an unusual approach when it comes to learning a foreign language. But that’s not what I want to talk about here. In 2017, he was invited to speak on the main TED stage. The name of his talk was Why you should define your fears instead of your goals. Tim has used …

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How to finally master the guttural r (in French, German, Portuguese, Dutch, … )

Disclaimer: This post is not for the fainthearted. The guttural r is this nasty greasy sound that seems so weird to foreigners. You find it in French, German, Dutch, and Portuguese, among others. The goal of this post is NOT to make you sound like a native speaker of your target language. The goal of …

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How to finally trill your r’s

I used to believe native Spanish speakers had a superpower. I thought they could manipulate their tongue in a way kept secret to foreigners. Like a national treasure! Boy, was I wrong! When someone makes a trilled r, there’s no magic trick happening. She doesn’t have a super muscle in the tip of her tongue …

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5 tips to improve your French accent, with Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper is an American actor you may recognize from The Hangover. He later starred in Limitless, and Silver Linings Playbook. He also was in American Sniper, a Clint Eastwood movie who gained international acclaim. But we’re not here to talk about his movie career. What’s interesting about Bradley Cooper is the fact that he speaks …

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How to improve your Portuguese pronunciation with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is a soccer player from Portugal. He’s played for Sporting de Lisboa, Manchester United, and he’s now playing for Real Madrid. He’s one of the best players ever. His rivalry with Lionel Messi is considered as one of the best sport rivalries in history. Cristiano makes a lot of noise: You either love …

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How to improve your French pronunciation with soccer legend Thierry Henry

You may wonder: “Why should I care about the accent of a Frenchman?” Well, I’m glad you asked. The mistakes you make when speaking a foreign language are often caused by your mother tongue. You have a reference system attached to the language you’ve been speaking your whole life. That’s why you have an accent. …

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The Frozen textbook – Learn Brazilian Portuguese with “let it go”

When I’m learning a new language, I like to keep it simple at the beginning. And Disney songs are the perfect resources to get started. You probably know the rhythm and the tune. It’s made for kids, so the vocabulary and sentence structures are rather simple. For those of you who have been living under …

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French 101 with the Minions (Despicable Me 3)

There’s a scene in Despicable Me 3 where the Minions are comparing some pictures of Gru. The Minions’s voice is made by the director, who is French. It’s complete gibberish but if you pay attention, you can hear real words, mostly borrowed from romance languages such as French, Spanish and Italian. One of my favorite sentences …

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