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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Culture Fails 1

    Dirty Dinner (R. from Iowa) I had the chance to spend some time among the Roma people in a few places in Eastern Europe.  One time, I was invited to dinner with a group of men.  I didn’t know that the Roma have a very strong sense of “clean and unclean” in their culture, […]

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Language Fails 1

If you have spent any amount of time learning a language, you’ve made a mistake!  The trick is to not let it scare you away.  The best way is to learn to laugh at yourself.  Here are some of our language and culture learning fails.  Feel free to share your own, and if we like them, […]

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