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The Magical Mixture: How to Master All Four Language Skills

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Abracadabra! Hocus pocus! Presto chango!

Have you ever wished that you could just mix the right ingredients, say the magic words and—poof!—be fluent in the language of your choice?

Life would be so much easier.

You wouldn’t …

Understand What You Hear! How to Listen in Another Language

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Shhh.

Quiet your mind and listen to your surroundings for a second.

What do you hear?

Are you on a crowded airplane or in a public place? Have you got any music playing? Is someone talking nearby?

Your …

Independent Language Learning: The Freer Way to Fluency

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Independent language learning.

Sounds like some new movement of which you might be skeptical.

Something cool and exclusive.

And possibly weird.

Something news publications are claiming is the latest “millennial” trend.

When in fact, it’s just a flexible, …

Google Secrets: How to Learn a Language Using Google

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On the journey to fluency, you might think of Google as a road.

You use it to get to important places—like language courses or study materials.

You might not realize that Google is a language learning destination itself.

But …

The On-trend Polyglot’s Guide to 7 of the Most Studied Languages

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You loved that band before they hit it big.

You were a regular at that bar before the hipsters found it.

Yeah, yeah.

It’s great to be ahead of the curve.

But sometimes going mainstream is underrated.

Take language learning.

The Ultimate Guide to Translation Exercise Sites, Apps and DIY Ideas

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Have you ever Googled a question but, surprisingly, never found an answer?

You’re not the first one.

Yet, if you could just dig deeper, you probably could find an answer…

You just might have trouble reading it.

There’s a wealth …

Your Future Self Will Thank You: Learn One of These Fastest Growing Languages

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In early 2018, The Guardian asked, “have we reached peak English?”

There’s no doubt that English is a widely spoken and studied language across the world.

But its standing is challenged by other rapidly growing languages.

As new global markets …

How to Keep a Language Journal: 6 Ideas for Endless Entries

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What did Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci and Mark Twain have in common?

Well, besides the hideous facial hair.

They all kept journals! They wrote regularly about their thoughts, plans and experiences.

And it’s safe to say they were all …

No More Aimless Scrolling! How to Learn a Language on Instagram

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Did you know that Instagram has over 800 million users?

800 million. That’s a ton of photos, captions and epic hashtags.

And it’s all available in more than 30 languages!

With so many windows into other cultures, Instagram …

Sustainable Language: 7 Recyclable Learning Challenges That Stay Fresh Every Day

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We try it every New Year.

This year, I’ll make use of that gym membership.

This year, I’ll finally clean out the garage.

This year, I’ll learn to cook something besides toast.

You know the rest of the story.

By …