20 Things You Should Be Able To Say To Kickstart Your Conversation Skills
Jun19

20 Things You Should Be Able To Say To Kickstart Your Conversation Skills

Learning the most commonly used elements of speech in the language you are trying to learn can put you miles ahead, and can make you seem far more competent than you actually are. Sure, looking at word lists for the most frequently used words can be helpful, but knowing how to use fundamental structures such as who, what, why etc is essential to any meaningful conversation. Here is a list of 20 such things words and structures that...

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Words That Don’t ‘Stick’
Jun12

Words That Don’t ‘Stick’

As any seasoned language learner will tell you, sometimes you come across words that simply don’t ‘stick’ in your brain. Others, too, seem to stick easily and often effortlessly. Why are some words committed to memory effortlessly after the first hearing, while others continue to torment you after several conscious attempts to learn them? This can be because of several reasons. The main two would be: You don’t...

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Short Post: When Your Speaking Is Better Than Your Listening
May28

Short Post: When Your Speaking Is Better Than Your Listening

Hey guys, Just a quick update from me. First of all, thanks for all the positive feedback I received from you regarding my guest post over at Sam’s blog Lingholic! Much appreciated. One comment on my post was by a guy saying how he didn’t seem to have much difficulty speaking, but did not have a high level of comprehension. Now, this is quite strange, but not unusual. Strange, because, well, it is weird to be able to say...

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On the use of ‘dead time’
May14

On the use of ‘dead time’

If you are like 99% of the population, and aren’t some sort of mutant-cyboid-productivity-machine-monster, you probably waste a fair amount of your life. I’m not talking about time spent watching TV, or on Facebook. Activities like these, although they may be classified as procrastination, do serve some purpose – relaxation, entertainment, being social, blah blah. I bet you take the bus. Or the train. Or, if you too...

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You Don’t Need Chinese Friends to Learn Chinese (Or Any Other Language)
May12

You Don’t Need Chinese Friends to Learn Chinese (Or Any Other Language)

No, no you don’t. Embrace your inner hermit. You antisocial bastard. The truth is, having Chinese friends, unless you are already quite advanced, is more likely to hinder you than help you. Hear me out. Chances are, they speak better English (Engrish?) than you, meaning that they will likely quickly get sick of you massacring their language and switch to English. Although from my experience Chinese people are often quite bad at...

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