The Everyday Language Learner

Postcard Outreach: Salem, Oregon

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I received another great postcard in the mail today. This one came from Salem, Oregon where Annette Harrison is teaching coaching students as they learn Indonesian, Korean, Spanish and Mandrin.

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6 Quotes For The Language Learning Journey

IMG_9969Learning another language is a journey well worth the effort.
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Language Learning Activity: Everyday Question Cards

Screen Shot 2013-03-11 at 11.15.07 AMIf you’ve ever traveled or lived in the country of your target language, you’ve experienced the frustration of being asked a simple personal question and struggling to answer it effectiv

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Fail Early, Fail Often and Keep Moving Forward!

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Failure.
It is a word that we fear.
Our culture – especially our school culture – has taught us this fear of failure, has burned it deep into our consciousness so that we live lives marked with an acute avoidance of it.

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Just Do This, Just Do That

Today’s guest post is from Jeff Bernstein and he is the writer behind a great new language blog called Jeff?.  I have been impressed with his advice to language learners and particularly enjoyed his series of posts, What to Do When Your Stuck.  Make sure and stop by his blog for more great articles and ideas and encouragement for the language learning journey.  
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The Everyday Language Learner Interview Series: Dr. James Asher

This past week I had the priviledge of sitting down via skype to talk with Dr. James J. Asher.  Dr. Asher is the creator of the Total Physical Response (TPR) technique which is used across the globe to teach foreign languages to everyone from children to adults.
In our interview we covered a lot of ground and no matter where you are at on the language learning journey, there is something here that will be of value.
Dr. Asher will challenge you, encourage you and he just may offend a few of you.
Here is the Interview (51 minutes):

Activities and Strategies for Everyday Language Learners (free resource)


If you are like me, you have at times on the language learning journey run into a wall.
We feel like we are riding a one trick pony – doing the same thing day after day in hopes that it will lead to fluency.
We’ve Rosetta Stoned until we are blue in the face.

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The EDLL Interview Series: David Mansaray

I had the priviledge of sitting down with David Mansaray this past week and had a wonderful conversation with him.  I first came across David online a year or so ago and have always been impressed with his focus on self-directed learning.
David’s thirst for learning is inspiring and his writing at www.davidmansaray.com reflects his passion for learning.  He is a student of Spanish, Italian and Japanese and has a tremendous amount of insight into the language learning journey – all of which came through in the interview.

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