The Everyday Language Learner

Maintaining the Language from Afar

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My wife was giddy last night when she told me that she thought her Turkish was as good as when we left Turkey two and a half years ago.

Dive Into The Deep End

I recently received an email from a friend who was describing his feelings for his language learning journey in terms of a language swimming pool.
When you take that initial step into the pool you are met with the shock of cold water.  Slowly, one step at a time, you move forward and the water inches its way up your body, past your waist and up your torso until only your head is above water.

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Foreign to Familiar – Learning About Culture So You Can Learn The Language


I just finished a great book that anyone planning on moving cross culturally should pick up and read. The book, Foreign to Familiar, is short (127 pages), incredibly helpful, and fun to read.

The Everyday Language Learner Interview Series: Jana Fadness

I have been an admirer of Jana Fadness for a number of years now and so was excited to be able to interview her a few weeks back.  Her blog, Adventures of the Directionally Challenged shares here experiences as a language learner, a traveler and a thinker.
Jana has some great insight into the language learning process and her thoughts on learning as extroverts or introverts were especially important for me.
Be sure and stop by and visit Jana’s blog after listening to the interview.

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How to Instantly Improve Your Vocabulary Recall in just 5 Minutes

fhc-bookcover-frontPerhaps you are familiar with Tim Ferris’ “4 Hour” series of books.  In today’s guest post, Allan Ngo of Money in Mandrin unpacks a few lessons he took away from The 4 Hour Chef.  Enjoy!
RIIIIIIIIIIIIING!!!!!!!!
Your alarm clock blares!

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Get on the Bus and Stay On

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It’s not everyday that I get a postcard with a picture of an elephant trying to get on a double decker bus, but when I do, I like to share about it.
The picture itself is so great – an apt metaphor for life as we know it.

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