Tips to Improve Your Vocab Memory

Do any of these describe your relationship with vocabulary? I keep forgetting new words. I don’t like using lists, flashcards, etc. I feel like I’m not making progress because I don’t know enough words. When it comes to language learning, vocabulary is a different kind of monster. Instead of jumping out to scare you (like […]

Is it normal for your kid to talk to themselves?

Both of Catherine Labate’s children have always been very verbal. What started out as “crib talk” in infancy grew into animated conversations with dolls and toys by the time they were toddlers, and excitedly whispered monologues when they became preschoolers. Now that they’re in school, Labate’s four-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter still talk themselves through […]

Are some people naturally better at learning languages?

I just read a fascinating article about the development of Hi-LAB, the “High Level Language Aptitude Battery” test designed to help the US military identify individuals with high language learning potential. It was borne out of a frustration with seeing so many language professionals getting ‘stuck’ at basic proficiency and not progressing to become fluent. […]

85 tips for language learners

lovelybluepanda: You like a language, learn it. Don’t give up on learning it only because it’s not popular, “useful” or your friends don’t like it. Sticky notes, sticky notes everywhere. If you can’t remember a grammar rule or a word/structure, use sticky notes. Study daily, even if it’s for 5 min or less. Learn the first […]