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A comprehensive review of Linkword German and how it has helped me learn German

October 10, 2017

Readers of this blog will be aware that earlier this year I successfully went through the Linkword Spanish and Linkword Japanese courses. Well, since then I have also been learning German with the Linkword Method too. I'd like to write a blog post about how I got on....and I must warn you this c…

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How to immerse yourself in a language on your own, without native speakers or moving to another country

September 22, 2017

It has often been said that a good way to improve your skills in another language is to practice with native speakers or even to visit or move to a country where it is spoken, the idea being that you will get to immerse yourself in the language a lot more. Whilst there certainly is merit in this adv…

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Continuing my Japanese studies by learning the plain form of verbs, plus the Hiragana and Katakana writing systems

September 20, 2017

Earlier this year, I started learning Japanese with various courses such as the Michel Thomas Method Japanese (both the Foundation and Advanced Courses), Linkword Japanese, and a method called Earworms Japanese which involves learning via music.

Whilst all these course were really good, one thin…

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The 'look and observe' method of learning vocabulary - the blindingly obvious method most language learners overlook Augus

August 12, 2017

When learning vocabulary, I see a lot of language learners looking at lists of 'the top 100/200/500/1000 etc words in (whatever language they're learning)' as a source of inspiration for vocabulary they should focus on learning. Although this is a good method and certainly does have its merits, I wo…

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An update on my language learning journey

August 11, 2017

Hi all, it's been a while since I wrote a blog post here, so I just thought I would write about how my language learning journey is going! In addition to Spanish, Japanese and Scottish Gaelic, I started learning German in April this year too.

Since I completed the Linkword Spanish course, I have…

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A polyglot's worst nightmare - time management!

May 19, 2017

Well, I should start this post by stating that 'biggest challenge' might be a better phrase than 'worst nightmare' here. And what is the biggest challange facing a budding polyglot? 

Is it memorising words? Is it learning the grammar of a language? Is it speaking, reading, writing or comprehendi…

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Linkword Japanese - learning my second language with the Linkword method!

April 25, 2017

After I completed Linkword Spanish (European) course, I decided to give the Linkword Japanese course a try because I really enjoyed this method and was keen to see how it would work with other languages besides Spanish. I'd like to write about my experiences here.

An overview of the Japanese cou…

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So I completed all 4 levels of Linkword Spanish. More about my experiences with this amazing method...

March 28, 2017

As anyone who reads this blog will know, since mid January I have been working through the Linkwords Spanish course. Well today I finally completed it, and I'd like to write my thoughts on how I feel with my Spanish now that I've reached the end of the course.

In my previous post about my exper…

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Is It Possible To Learn Languages With Music? A review of Earworms Japanese Volume 1

February 24, 2017

In the last few weeks, I've had the privilege of trying a language learning method from a company called Earworms Learning, which involves learning languages via music. 

I have been using their Japanese course (Volume 1), and in this blog post I'd like to tell you a bit about Earworms Learning a…

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Linkword Languages: My thoughts on the Linkword method and my first week of learning Spanish with it

January 27, 2017

I recently became intrigued by a language learning method called Linkword and decided to give it a try. 

The main concept behind the Linkword Language method involves using memory techniques/visualisations to memorise words in foreign languages quickly and easily. Basically, you listen to a word…

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So I'm learning Spanish And Completed The Paul Noble Course

January 26, 2017

Anyone who follows this blog will know that I'm also learning Spanish. I managed to complete the Paul Noble Spanish course in just over a week, and I'm really happy about this. I now have a basic command of Spanish, which I can build upon with other courses. I'll give you an overview of what the Pau…

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Learning Japanese With The Michel Thomas Method - Are Oriental Languages REALLY More Difficult To Learn Than Other Languages?

January 18, 2017

So last week I also started learning Japanese. Although I've never been to Japan, I've always found Japanese culture really fascinating and I also like a lot of Japanese music too. It's interesting how rock music, especially 80s style hard rock and metal, is popular over there too. Japan strikes me …

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Learning Scottish Gaelic - the first week!

January 16, 2017

I recently decided to start seriously learning Scottish Gaelic. Now, to anyone who doesn't know, this is a minority language of the Celtic family and is currently spoken by around 1% of the population of Scotland, and in some other Gaelic speaking communities around the world. So why am I learning i…

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So The Language Learning Journey Begins - Why I'm doing This, And What My Goals Are

January 13, 2017

Hello everyone and welcome to my language learning blog! I want to write the first post by telling you a bit about why I'm learning languages and what I aim to achieve with this whole experience.

To begin with, I'll tell you a bit about myself. I'm a British guy (born in England, currently livin…

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