Lately, I’ve been reading more guides on how to study a language effectively. One such book is Fluent Forever, written by a multilingual opera singer. I picked it up not expecting to learn much new, but this book surprised me. It offers tools and learning strategies that are highly relevant in the internet age.
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.
This post is the first in a new series of hacks that will massively accelerate your language learning.
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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.
Continue reading Language Hack #1 – Audiobooks with transcripts
As I discussed here, an audiobook together with the corresponding transcript is one of the best ways of improving your proficiency in a foreign language.
For whatever reason, the Japanese are not big fans of audiobooks. I have spent a great deal of time looking around for good quality materials in Japanese, but usually ended up frustrated by how scattered the resources were.
The following list is therefore an attempt to bring together all the Japanese audiobooks that I could find. Many of them are free. I have provided links to the audio file, transcript, physical book or e-book wherever possible. Enjoy!
Update April 2019: Some of the Japanese audiobooks have been removed from Audible so I’ve removed the broken links. If you have any audiobooks to add to this list, please let me know in the comments!
As I discussed earlier, an audiobook together with the corresponding transcript is one of the best ways of improving your proficiency in a foreign language.
This is the list of audiobooks in Chinese that we were able to find so far. Most come together with the transcript.
It’s one thing to learn Japanese but another to find interesting content to read in the language. In a previous post, I wrote about the Kindle Paperwhite and its significance for Japanese learners.
Since then, Amazon have made some progress in harmonizing much of the Japanese Kindle Store with the Amazon.com site. This is great news for Japanese learners around the globe. It is now possible to access Japanese language titles without all the previous hassle. From classic novels to manga in the original, there is a lot to choose from.
So how can you find some good content to read in Japanese?
In any language, verbs form the vital medium for effective communication. Korean is no exception. Its tricky verb conjugations and challenging grammar present tough obstacles for learners. 500 Basic Korean Verbs is an invaluable reference that breaks down 500 of the most common Korean verbs. I recommend that all serious students of Korean pick this one up.
Chinese for Beginners is an introductory book for busy learners starting out with Chinese. I previously enjoyed using its Korean language counterpart by the same publisher (reviewed here). What follows is my review of the Chinese version.
Based on the same method as the popular Learning Chinese Characters, Glen Nolan Grant’s Learning Japanese Kanji offers a humorous and memorable approach to mastering the first 500 kanji.
In this installment, I share some pointers to give you a better study experience for learning languages. This isn’t gospel, just our informed opinion after having studied Asian languages for over a decade. Feel free to follow the parts that vibe with you and discard the rest. With that caveat in place, let’s get started!