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One great tool for Language Learning

One the secrets to success in adult second learning is accepting the fact that the “native speakers” have  at least a 17 year head start on a you (assuming you are 17 years old -more if you are older).  If… Continue Reading →

ASPECT, the secret to understanding **insert any language here**

In this article we discuss one way in which languages are different. I start off with some philosophizing then get into the meat of it. Comment below if you are confused about anything. Oh, and I exaggerated the title. By… Continue Reading →

Why Learning Turkish Has Made My Life Rich

I have lived 3 years and 49 weeks in Turkey. In this time I have not simply won the ability to speak with people in Turkey, but also people from all over Asia. Learning a language opens you doors to… Continue Reading →

NICK DRAKE TEACHES RARE GRAMMAR

English suffers from a terrible infermity. So does Spanish and sadly Italian too. The wound has festered for millennia. In the US only some African Americans have saved their tongue from the ailment. I speak of course of the copula… Continue Reading →

Where is your memleket

In this article I briefly explain how in English -certainly in the US- we rarely if ever start off a conversation with “Where are you from?” This is a question and at the same time a cultural object I have… Continue Reading →

Weird Grammar in other Languages

Have you ever wondered why foreign languages have extraneous grammar. Why do they lack certain words but then have too many of others? In this video, with the aid of famous 20th century linguist Roman Jacobson’s ideas, I explain a… Continue Reading →

How do you learn a foreign language?

Oh gosh am I sick of explaining this. So I made a video. How the devil do you learn a foreign language? You just do it. Go in with some help– maybe a friend, maybe a teacher, or better yet… Continue Reading →

Four Christmases

I have been working on my first “serious” video for two weeks. Though it is full of errors, technical problems, and just general novice mistakes. However, it is the best video I have made to date, and I am very… Continue Reading →

Why can’t I speak the foreign talk

Growing –The secret to learning a language, what is it? Well, if you are reading this now, you know the answer. You already speak. The answer to this actually somewhat bad question is approximately the same answer that the question:… Continue Reading →

Çizgi Roman Yoluyla

Ever since my father told me that he made some great headway in Spanish -58 years ago- by reading comic books, I have advised my students to do the same thing. And sure from time to time I too read… Continue Reading →

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