June 3, 2016: Language101.com is extremely good at taking you from not knowing anything in your new language to being minimally conversant. What we don’t do is take you from being conversant to being fluent. Yabla just might get you fluent.
But Yabla definitely won’t get you fluent if you don’t follow our advice on how to use it.
Watch our video review of Yabla.com to learn how to make the best use of Yabla, or read the transcript if you are a speed reader in a hurry!
April 14, 2016: Lot’s of people try to learn English or other languages with movies, but it usually doesn’t help much. In this post we introduce you to a very successful method for learning Spanish, English (or your favorite language) with movies.
The original 36-minute video we are summarizing here has more than a million views on YouTube. Our version is only 5 minutes and covers all the key points.
Saturday, March 11, 2016: Is it possible to quickly learn and effortlessly remember new Spanish words or any other language’s words and phrases?
The short answer is both yes and no. For a few people who learn how to retain words and language (sounds) by using their visual memory (pictures), this will seem like a miracle. They will learn very quickly. But most people won’t get much out of this approach.
To understand the paradox of why learning sounds using mental pictures will work like magic for some learners but not for most learners, you need to know more about the very important thing you are trying to change when you learn Spanish or your favorite new language, which is . . .
August 12, 2015: It’s back-to-school time, and a lot of parents are thinking about how to help their children learn Spanish. We can help.
In school, Spanish is usually taught with a strong emphasis on vocabulary, grammar, and taking tests. It’s not a method that we recommend. However, unless your family is homeschooling, you are stuck with whatever method your school offers, and of course you still want your favorite student to excel!
We are now offering two free online Spanish lessons. Our Spanish teachers can help your children excel in any school Spanish program they might find.
August 31, 2015: We are now scheduling two free 50-minute online lessons for people who want to learn Spanish, English, or Russian. These are personal online lessons with you and a skilled language teacher.
We are doing this to promote our online school. So contact us and book your free lessons today.
May 12, 2015: You may have heard about the passport card that the United States Department of State now issues. Of course, in theory it’s only officially “valid for international land or sea travel between the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.”
The Department of State charges extra for a passport card, and you still must have a passport book if you are going to fly to an international destination, so you might think that you don’t need the passport card. Trust me, get one anyway.
January 9, 2015: Experts say that it takes 30 days to make a new habit.
So if your plans for 2015 involve learning a new language—if you can study at least five days per week at the same time and place every day—you will form a new language-learning habit, and it will stick.