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Ten ways to fix your language exchange

Language exchanges are a really popular way to practise your languages. They’re free, they’re fun, and a great way to really get to know someone who shares your passion for learning languages. But sometimes there’s a catch. Although many language exchanges start out strong, they can quickly run into some problems. If you don’t prepare or plan for these, your exchange could come to a very …

What is a polyglot?

I took a little break over the summer, so I haven’t been updating this site regularly. Although I have been posting to the RawLangs Blog Facebook page and Twitter, I thought it was time to start blogging again. I’m going to start off by addressing a question that has been on my mind for a while. What is a polyglot? If you …

YouTube video: How to learn Yiddish with Dr. Khayke Beruriah Wiegand

I’ve just put up this brand new interview with my Yiddish teacher Dr. Khayke Beruriah Wiegand. We talk about how to go about learning Yiddish, through or classes or independently. She also gives some really powerful reasons why people should learn the language. We filmed the whole thing in Yiddish and I’ve put up English subtitles as well. Enjoy!

The key to success in learning languages

It’s a question that gets asked a lot: “What’s your secret?” “How do you do it?” “What methods do you use?” However it’s phrased, when it comes to learning languages people are all after one thing: how to go from being mono- to multilingual, and how do it in as short a space of time as possible. The fact that …

YouTube video: techniques for learning vocabulary

I’ve made a new YouTube video in which I talk about three different techniques for learning vocabulary: contextual, visual and associative. I’ve been using these techniques for learning Hungarian, which I’m trying to do in time for the polyglot conference in Budapest next month. Vocab learning is something that I get asked about a lot, and it’s a very difficult …

Procrastination: Your language learning enemy and how to get past it

by guest author Lizzie Davey We’re all guilty of procrastinating every once in a while – some more than others. We often find ourselves putting an important task off or filling our time with small, inconsequential ‘missions’ that we try to convince ourselves we need to do. Then suddenly, an hour or a whole day has passed and our to-do …

The mathematics of language learning: finding formulas for your success

I’m sure nobody will be surprised to hear that at school I was appalling at Maths and Science. I realised at about the age of seven that it just wasn’t for me, and that the humanities were my calling. However, what I later discovered is that the two worlds are actually more similar than I’d first thought. When it came …