Are Some Languages Easier To Learn Than Others?

There is a common thought that certain languages are easier to learn than others.  But is this really the case?  In a certain sense, yes, but in a certain sense, no.  It is very hard to judge the difficulty of a language because there are so many scales on which that difficulty could be based…

Different Styles Of Learning

Learning a new language can be pretty difficult, but there are many different strategies that you can use in order to better your progress.  Figuring out what style of learning suits you best is one way to ensure that you get the most out of your time spent studying a new language. First of all,…

How To Learn Any Language

Anyone can learn any language – all it takes is dedication and a willingness to just jump straight into the deep end.  Many people think that if they just buy a language learning course they will have everything they need.  But this isn’t really the best strategy.  A good language learning program (such as the…

Language Learning Myths

There are a lot of myths that seem to prevail around the topic of learning a language.  Somehow people acquire these ideas no matter what classes they have taken or whom they have talked to.  It’s definitely hard to learn a new language, but don’t let these false ideas impede your progress.  You must go…

Making Language Learning Goals

One of the best ways to learn a new language is to create a NEED to learn the language.  Creating a need is the reason that many people who become immersed in the language (commonly by living in an area where it is the predominant native language) learn rather quickly: they have to.  People who…

Memory Strategies For Learning A New Language

Qhy does it seem that some people can just remember more than others?  It just doesn’t seem fair, does it?  Well, thankfully there are some strategies to help you improve your memory when it comes to learning a new language. Most of the time people use simple repetition and rote memory in order to learn…

The Best Way To Learn French

So you want to speak French?  Then you’re probably wondering how you should go about doing so.  The best way to learn French is to immerse yourself in the language – meaning live in a place where French is spoken.  But honestly, how many of us can really do that other than free-spirited backpackers and…

The Best Way To Learn Spanish

So you want to learn Spanish?  Spanish is one of the most useful languages to learn, especially for people living in America.  It’s also one of the easier languages to learn because a lot of the vocabulary is very similar to English.  But what is the best way to learn Spanish?  Should you take a…

Travel Tips: Japan

Going to Japan?  Japan was one of my favorite trips – in fact I think I could list it as my favorite trip ever.  It is such a unique and different country, but has so many modern conveniences.  The culture always amazed me.  However, Japan can be a difficult place to navigate at times, especially…

What Is Linguistic Anthropology?

In a nutshell, linguistic anthropology is the study of how languages contribute to and form our perceptions of the world, and how language can contribute to sociology in terms of delineating groups and forming a sense of community and belonging. When I was studying at the University of Michigan I took a random class called…