If you're studying a popular foreign language you'll be faced with a wide choice of potential self-study textbooks (or their electronic equivalent). This post is for you if you've found yourself wondering what's the best language course for you. It's also for you if you haven't! The thing is, there are wide differences in approach out there that you need to be aware of before … [Read more...]
Language textbooks: good or bad?
If you're thinking of beginning a new language, or an intermediate-advanced learner wanting to take it further, should you kit yourself out with one or more language textbooks (either a physical book or structured course available in electronic form)? Here on the site, I often mention the books I'm using with my languages. Yet other successful language learners give such … [Read more...]
Learning Japanese: Month One update
How do you start learning Japanese? I'm finding out first hand thanks to my recently-announced "Learning Japanese" project. My goal is to be able to function at a basic level in the language when I visit Japan for the first time for the Polyglot Conference in October. This is the first of my monthly update posts, where I'll be sharing how it's going and looking ahead to the … [Read more...]