5 things that are not really necessary but make language learning so much easier

When we talk about the tools we use for language learning, we usually mention either books or courses or websites and apps. These things are, of course, the core elements of language learning because they provide the content we need.

But in today’s post I would like to focus a little bit on the little helpers that are not ultimately necessary to learn a language but can make it so much easier.

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Podcast Recommendation: Learning by ear

In this quick post I want to recommend a serial of podcasts I came across: Learning by ear – provided by Deutsche Welle.

Learning by ear is an audio programme that offers content in various subcategories like Politics, Culture, Economy etc. All episodes are written by African authors and produced in Africa with African actors. The content is available in six languages: English, Kiswahili, French, Hausa, Portuguese and Amharic. Continue reading

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Review: Reading with translations

Over the last few months, I tested various methods that are related to reading in a foreign language. I recommend starting reading at an early stage of a language process but I know that this can be very difficult sometimes. There are some formats of texts out there that focus on beginners and aim to help us read real content in our target language although our level is still low – usually through providing translations. As always, not every method is suitable for everybody and today I want to share my personal opinion about some of these reading formats that involve translation with you.

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Reading goals July & August 2014

July is over and it’s about time to review the reading goals I had set myself. First of all, I was able to read all three books I wanted to read but it was a really difficult task. To be honest, if I hadn’t published the reading goals on the blog in advance, I wouldn’t have gone through all of them. But I kept reading and it totally paid off.

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