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How to read in a foreign language

Feeling fluent feels great. You can go anywhere, say anything, do everything and live your life exactly as you would normally, but in a different language. I’ve had a fair few fluency breakthroughs with my languages. The first was in Germany when I was 15 and on a two-week school exchange and suddenly realised I was speaking German. Another important …

8 Great Books for Learning Hungarian

When learning a new language like Hungarian, choosing the right materials is a crucial part of the decision making process. You could be the most motivated, passionate and enthused language learner in the world, but if you can’t get your hands on something to channel all that energy into, then you’ll probably quite quickly peter out. When I decided to …

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VIDEO: “Improving Reading and Comprehension” (Polyglot Gathering 2014)

My main talk at this year’s Polyglot Gathering in Berlin was the one that I was most preoccupied with. I thought that delivering it just a week after I’d finished my exams would also provide a good opportunity to reflect on my past four years at Oxford, and the particular language learning skills that my time there had allowed me …