Category Archives: Language and Culture Learning Tips

Say What Now? Orality, Literacy, and How We Should Be Learning Language

An Unexpected Encounter My family and I were in Tbilisi, the capital of the Republic of Georgia, several years ago.  Tbilisi is one of those hidden gems of the world.  Nestled in the foothills of the Caucasus mountains, the city is filled with beautiful sights, warm, welcoming people and, in my humble opinion, the most […]

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Going Through Culture Shock With Your Kids

Culture Shock B.C. (Before Children) I remember the first time I left the country.  I went to Honduras with some college friends to visit some of their friends.  This was no tourist trip to Roatan.  We went native and visited locals in their houses and hiked the trails to visit people in mountain villages.  We rode […]

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Abbyy Lingvo, the best dictionary ever!

Ok, maybe you aren’t like my wife and read the dictionary for fun, but if you are serious about language learning, one tool that I literally never leave home without is Abbyy Lingvo.  They have a variety of products available (see their website here), and the best dictionary app I have ever used, hands down.  […]

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Total Physical Response

Get your move on! Perhaps one of the best methodologies I have encountered for language learning is Total Physical Response, or TPR.  As the name suggests, it really gets you up and moving!  TPR is a method of language learning that began developing in the late 1950s as a way to both decrease stress in language learning and increase […]

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