Every word you learn in another language has a story to tell, and I must admit that I never realised to what incredible extent until very recently. As it turns out, a new word can be nothing less than an experience. There’s a wonderful book out there called fluent forever and lately it’s changed my learning … More How to find a story in every new word
Learning Chinese might feel tough at the best of times, but you can certainly take the edge off your character and tone induced troubles. All you need is to know the best websites to help you along your way! These are some of my favourites, 1.Memrise. If you have learnt other languages in the past, … More All the websites you need to learn Chinese.
I’m going to give you two words, have a look at them. We can talk about them again later, ok? . Lebensversicherung – life insurance Weltuntergangsprognose – predictions for world destruction. . (not the happiest of words…I just wanted some nice long words – there is method in the madness, honest) . we are designed … More Why you will learn more words with images instead of translations
You might know that I’m a bit of an a advocate of speaking a language, no matter what level you are. Only sometimes, especially early on in a language, you won’t understand everything that gets said to you. What do you do? Easy. Give up. Oh wait, that doesn’t actually work very well. The better … More Saving Phrases: can you explain/ describe that?
Nouns apparently make up around half of a language in general. You would think then, that they are the words you should be focusing on then, right? I’m starting to think otherwise. I prefer verbs and adjectives these days. Let me explain why… Verbs are the ‘base’ of language If you think about it, sentences … More Learning verbs and adjectives – better than learning nouns?
Naturally in preparation for moving to Beijing in 2 weeks…I’m not really doing much Chinese at the moment. A big problem with doing a fair few languages at the same time, as that there’s a tendency to sneak over to the less important ones all the time. So at the point where it’d be highly … More Ridiculous is the way forwards. Honest.
In 19 days, I move to Beijing for a year. I’ll still be here on ‘Lost for Words’, but if you fancy following my Beijing adventures, stop by on the newly re-started ‘TVG in China!’
If it weren’t for the loveliness of the Arabic script, I wouldn’t have bothered learning Arabic. True story. I decided to learn Arabic for the rather unconventional reason that I used to see it everywhere in China, a country where Arabic isn’t the spoken language. The script however is used. If you’re far out west, … More Arabic script – Why are you so great?
I’ve been thinking lately about how important listening is in language learning, and just how easy it is to neglect. Poor listening is also a massive hold-back in the early stages of a language, unless you are of course only learning with the aim to read (which I personally find severely odd, but fair enough … More I can’t understand a word you’re saying…
Prepositions and I don’t get on well. Especially German prepositions. There’s something about how the Germans sometimes use out (aus) where in English we use of, or maybe through (durch) when we would use by, but not always because it might also be neben, or one of another sadistic list of short words all quietly … More I have a preposition…well, a few too many really.