Author Archive | jamesappleton

Need a Quick Dose of Language Learning Motivation? Watch These 5 TED Talks


Want to sound super smart in front of your friends?

Want to do it in more than one language?

There’s a TED Talk for that.

In fact, there are a bunch.

TED Talks are a fast, entertaining way to pick …

Get Picky! How to Choose Which Foreign Language to Learn


We all have a different reason to learn a foreign language.

Maybe it’s for love.

Perhaps you’re moving to a new country.

It could be that you just really need to study for that test.

If any of …

Learning a Language Through Songs: Rockin’ Tools and Tips


Madonna once sang, “Music makes the people come together.”

There’s a lot of truth to that.

Music is a cornerstone of culture, and so songs have been written in every language since the birth of speech itself.

What might once …

Language Learning Diary Starter Kit: Write Your Way to Fluency


Diaries—we’ve all kept one at some point.

Maybe yours was a record of those teenage flings, your worldwide travel or just some things to remember in your daily life.

But did you know keeping a diary can help you learn …

How to Learn a Language in 6 Months According to the Experts


Go ahead. Mark your calendar.

Six months from today.

The day you’ll have learned a new language.

Don’t believe me?

The idea of learning a new language can definitely be overwhelming. So many words! Such unusual grammar! Maybe even a …