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Stop texting and start learning! Studying during your commute: Part 1

I moved to Saitama about three months ago, which gives me a commute time of roughly 40 minutes to work. This is longer than the 10 minutes or so from my previous apartment in Tokyo. Well, something interesting happened to my language studies as a result. I find that I am learning a lot more Japanese! For the record, I am a full-time Japanese-English translator; contrary to popular belief, translators still need to constantly learn new vocabulary and industry terminology to stay competitive. This game never ends!

In this series, I’m going to share how you can better use your commute time for learning a foreign language. In today’s post, I will talk about the benefits of studying on your way to work or school.

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Fix your pronunciation with this free online tool

Pronunciation is a tricky part of mastering any foreign language. You read a new word in an article and look up its meaning but you’re unsure how it’s pronounced. We know more than anyone that there is not always a native speaker around to help out. So what do you do? In the past, phonetic guides in dictionaries and teachers were the only possible resource. Fortunately, there is a 21st century solution to all this.

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How to cure your procrastination over language learning

Do you ever find yourself putting off your study? Or perhaps you go through times where you study manically followed by days of doing nothing? Don’t worry. You are not alone!

Procrastination is a common problem. It affects us in many areas of life, including language learning. I am going to break down the issue piece-by-piece and show you how to solve it. Fortunately, the cure is an easy one but it requires some self-reflection.

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Language Hack #1 – Audiobooks with transcripts

This post is the first in a new series of hacks that will massively accelerate your language learning.

What’s it about?

Foreign language audiobooks are great learning tools. Combined with a matching transcript they become incredible resources. Today I’m going to show you how to use audiobooks to hugely boost your language level.
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