Author Archive | Jakob Gibbons

Know Thyself: Asking the Right Questions to Decide Which Language You Should Learn


Wish you had a map and compass to guide you to the perfect language?

All you have to do is follow your heart.

Choosing a language to learn is a deeply personal process. There’s no one absolute best language …

The Secret to Learning Languages Is Right in Front of You!


Which class was easier for you in high school: trigonometry or gym?

How about chemistry or driver’s ed?

If you’re like most students, you probably struggled most with those math and science classes. And even if you loved the idea …

A Language Learning How-to Guide: 4 Steps to Customizing Your Approach


Let me guess.

You’re ready to embark on a scenic language learning journey, and you’re seeking guidance online.

The internet is full of one-size-fits-all strategies for language learners.

Let’s just say there are two types of blog posts

Wondering How to Learn a Language in 3 Months? It Can Be Done!


There’s more than one way to learn a language quickly and effectively.

As with any other learned skill, there’s no secret formula for learning a language. There’s no rule that specifies that learning takes exactly 3 years, 280 hours, …

9 Immersion Programs That All Adult Language Learners Should Consider


Remember all the fun you had at summer camp?

Well, now you can relive that while reaching fluency in a foreign language.

If you thought that language immersion programs were for kids and college students, you’re living in the …

29 Powerful Language Learning Tools Within Your Reach


Learning a language is like doing an extreme home makeover…

…on your brain.

Sometimes the construction work leaves you with some quirky new polyglot problems, the mental equivalent of stumbling over half-demolished doorways you’ve been walking through on autopilot …

The Numbers Game: How Many Words Do I Need to Know to Be Fluent in a Foreign Language?


How many words does it take to get to the center of a delicious foreign language?



Just like Tootsie Pops, languages are tasty treats that we rarely notice ourselves getting closer to the “center” of until we’re …

7 Diverse Languages Spoken Daily in the USA


The United States of America is so famous for the English of its mainstream films, TV and music that it sometimes seems like everybody forgets about the other 349 languages spoken daily in American homes.

That’s right: If …

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Simply the Most Efficient Way to Learn a Language


Raise your hand if you hate wasting time.

Now keep your hand up if you want to not only learn a language quickly but actually be able to speak and use it in your daily life.

While there are …

49 Free Language Learning Websites That Are Almost Too Good to Be True


We’ve got some great news for penny-pinching language learners.

A tight budget is no longer an excuse not to learn a language.

Truth be told, it hasn’t been for a while.

Social media and smartphone apps have been …