How do you measure your second language competence? For many of us, the goal is simple: to be able to converse with others, to understand what they are saying and to be able to express our own ideas. This is basically communicative competency. In other words, my (initial) goal is not high level proficiency, to … Continue reading SECOND LANGUAGE COMPETENCE
The Pimsleur Method The Pimsleur method is one of our favorite language learning programs, especially if your best time for learning is during your daily commute or a long trip. Just listen and repeat, respond, or answer the question. It’s interactive and gets you actually speaking the language. The only downside to Pimsleur is the … Continue reading THREE “CAN’T MISS” OCTOBER SALES
We are back in the Lake Chapala region, near Guadalajara, in the Mexican state of Jalisco. You may recall that in January 2016 we embarked on an adventure to get up close and personal with the Mexican culture, avoiding the tourist areas along the coast but opting for inland mountains. We were testing the immersion … Continue reading IMMERSION EXPERIENCE: PART TWO
What is the best second language to learn? This is a great question. My personal approach would be to look for a language that fits into most of the following categories: A language that is easy to learn A language I would use A language I am motivated to learn A language that is popular … Continue reading WHAT IS THE BEST SECOND LANGUAGE TO LEARN?
What language do you speak? What language do you think in? For most of us, those two answers are probably the same. Do you ever find yourself thinking in another language? What? Maybe you’re like me and never even considered that possibility. I find myself day dreaming quite a bit lately since we have announced … Continue reading HOW TO THINK IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE
Working on this site, I’ve discovered some great power of language quotes! (Well, at least they speak to me.) Some are well-known, others less so. Some are profound, a few light-hearted. Feel free to disagree if you will, but I encourage you to take time to ponder. Why Not “English Only”? “Americans who travel abroad … Continue reading Power of Language Quotes
The answer to the question, “Why is language important?” is probably most simply put as “it’s how we communicate.” My answer and motivation to learn a new language is the fact we are soon moving to a region outside of my home country. We are retiring abroad, and as exciting and romantic as that sounds … Continue reading WHY IS LANGUAGE IMPORTANT?
In Part 1 of this article we addressed the Acquisition-Learning Hypothesis, the Natural Order Hypothesis, and the Monitor Hypothesis. However, it is the final two hypotheses – the Input Hypothesis and the Affective Filter Hypothesis – which have the most practical application for both language acquisition and language teaching. It is to these hypotheses that … Continue reading THEORY OF STEPHEN KRASHEN OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: Part 2
Current second language acquisition theory owes a great debt to the pioneering work of Stephen Krashen, a linguist, educational researcher, and professor emeritus at University of Southern California. When Krashen proposed his 5 hypotheses in the early 1980s, they offered a new and radically different view of language acquisition. While subsequent research has uncovered both strengths … Continue reading KRASHEN’S THEORY OF SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: Part 1
If you’ve ever wondered how to learn a foreign language, this article is for you. Consider this: Your best way to learn a foreign language may be the opposite of the usual way! The most important element is desire. Is this something you really “want” to do? Maybe it’s something you really “need” to do, … Continue reading WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?