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33 Inspiring Prompts for Impromptu Foreign Language Writing

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You’re no stranger to advice.

Your friends advise you on what to wear.

Your parents advise you on how to manage your finances.

Your grandmother advises you on the latest trends and slang. Thanks for staying current, Grandma.

But …

Step Up! 4 Paths to the Ability to Learn Languages Quickly

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It’s a fast-paced world out there.

How many times have you seen someone waiting at the bus stop, constantly checking their watch, getting more and more frustrated with a delay of just two or three minutes?

It’s no surprise, then, …

Shadowing Magic: An Amazing Language Learning Technique 

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We’ve heard that if you talk to a man in his language, it goes to his heart.

But what if he can’t understand a word you’re saying?

It’s easy to ignore pronunciation in language learning, especially when

How to Become a Translator: 7 Steps to Your Dream Job

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Everyone has a dream.

Or maybe a sueño.

Or perhaps yours is a мечта.

Or a rêve.

But if you really enjoy toggling between all these options, there’s a strong chance that your dream is being a translator.

In …

How to Conquer the 4 Top Foreign-language Speaking Fears

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Arachnophobia: The fear of spiders.

Coulrophobia: The fear of clowns.

Xenoglossophobia: The fear of foreign languages.

Okay. We’ll be the first to admit that foreign languages aren’t half as horrifying as a massive spider or an angry clown (or a …

3 Amazing Stories of Language Learners Who Changed the World

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Some people say that it takes some secret talent to learn languages.

But would they say that about someone who can sing, play an instrument and keep rhythm?

Using a language is really just a skill like any other, and …

Want to Avoid Forgetting a Language? Do These 9 Things

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There are plenty of ways to learn a language.

There are just as many ways to let it fall into disuse and become like an abandoned building in your mind.

Stop using it.

Stop studying it.

Fill up so …

Language Learning On a Shoestring: The Cheap Fluency Guide

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It’s hard to separate languages from money.

All around the world, people are paying top dollar for access to language education.

In most places, that means English classes—anything from English immersion preschool to business English refresher courses.

In the English-speaking …

What’s Your Type? How to Type in Another Language

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Learning to type?

Unless someone printed this article out and posted it to you by, I don’t know, carrier pigeon, you probably already know how to type.

But what about in your target language?

Well, if you plan to do

6 Ways to Keep Your Language Study on a Roll After Duolingo

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There are always a few cool kids at school.

You know the ones.

They wear the latest sneakers, watch R-rated movies and enjoy a steady diet of the finest Lunchables.

And among language students, Duolingo certainly has a reputation as …