Master Pronunciation by Learning the International Phonetic Alphabet

Posted by Josh Kroman April 08, 2014

Many of us know what the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)is – sort of. You’ve probably seen it in a dictionary before – characters slightly resembling the English alphabet written to the right of a word, e.g. \fə-ˈne-tik\. Many know that it explains how to pronounce the word. Very few of us actually know how to read these characters, however, as the IPA is largely ignored by the average citizen. It’s a shame, because knowing the IPA has great benefits!

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Topics: Language Learning

Chris Lonsdale Ted Talk: How to Learn Any Language in 6 Months

Posted by Josh Kroman March 21, 2014

The below video features Chris Lonsdale, creator of Kungfu English and author of The Third Ear, explaining how anyone can learn and become fluent in a second language within six months.

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Topics: Language Learning

Purrfect Your Spanish with CatAcademy

Posted by Josh Kroman December 19, 2013

The creators of Memrise – a free, online language learning program – have recently released a wonderful app called CatAcademy. The app, which teaches Spanish through entertaining pictures of cats, is quite ingenious and definitely worth downloading for anyone wanting to learn the basics of the language.

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Topics: Language Learning, Mobile Application

What Language Learning Tool is Best?

Posted by Josh Kroman November 19, 2013

Language learners are blessed with a plethora of wonderful, online resources for studying. Today we are taking a brief look at three of the most popular sites for language learning: Mango Languages, Duolingo, and LiveMocha. Each program was tested by spending about ten minutes on an introductory Spanish lesson.

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Topics: Language Learning

Study Language with TuneIn Radio

Posted by Josh Kroman November 04, 2013

Conventional wisdom tells us that immersion is the best way to learn a language, however not everyone has the opportunity to live or study abroad. Thankfully, technology has welcomed a few spectacular solutions to those stuck at home, and TuneIn Radio is a prime example.

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Topics: Language Learning, Technology

Mango Languages: An innovative approach to language-learning

Posted by Josh Kroman January 03, 2013

The internet offers a variety of language-learning programs. We've talked about some of them before and I’m sure we’ll talk about more of them in the future.

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Topics: Language Learning

Is language fluency necessary?

Posted by Josh Kroman February 08, 2012

Children are told that by learning a new language, they not only will have access to a brand new culture, but they’ll be making themselves more valuable in the job market. And adults hear that too. Time and time again, we are encouraged to take lessons or sign up for online courses to improve our language skills.

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Topics: Language Learning, Language

Train your ear to understand a foreign language

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet September 23, 2011

We’ve talked in the past about how to supplement your language classes at home, taking full advantage of free and easy-to-use resources.

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Topics: Language Learning

Adults learn languages better than children

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet August 09, 2011

It has become common knowledge that children can learn languages more easily than adults; but can they learn them better?

Apparently, no.

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Topics: Language Learning

TripLingo personalizes language-learning for vacations

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet May 12, 2011

Why should you be limited to learning very basic vacation phrases?

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Topics: Language Learning, Travel, Mobile Application