Why Simplicity Is Almost Always Better Than Complexity
Jul17

Why Simplicity Is Almost Always Better Than Complexity

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo Da Vinci So it’s been a couple of crazy, jam-packed weeks for me since I finished semester. I’m on holidays from University for a month at the moment. Before I get into the nitty-gritty of this article, here’s a brief rundown of what I’ve been doing with myself (apart from learning Chinese). I’m gonna take the liberty and pretend like you...

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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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NEWBIES: So you wanna learn a language?
May17

NEWBIES: So you wanna learn a language?

Okay, so, I realise that a lot of the content on this blog, like the content of other language learning blogs, is crazily nerdy and likely incomprehensible to those not already in ‘the language game’ due to references to things like ‘SRS’, ‘Massive Comprehensible Input’, ‘Silent Period’, ‘Reps’, ‘Learning vs Acquisition’, and the like. The reality is that a lot of...

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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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