Unmissable Language Links – May 2014

Around the webSo much great content is written about language learning every month. Here’s my pick of unmissable articles from around the web.

Happy reading!

  • 9 Questions To Ask Your New Language Tutor

    “Working with a language tutor is something I can recommend for any language learners, especially introverts, because you’ll just get more out of the intense environment and focused attention.

    Even if you have never worked 1-to-1 before, you can easily to use it as a booster, for example before an exam or as a quick refresher after a quiet spell.

    But it’s important to get the chemistry and expectations right from the start, so take account of the following key points.”

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    – Kerstin Hammes on Fluent Language Tuition

  • 5 tips for remaining in control when speaking a foreign language

    “Most language learners have felt anxious at one time or another. I remember the first time I had to buy train tickets in China, I had to stand in a long queue at the station, and I was wondering whether the ticket seller would be able to understand what I was saying. As I got closer to the front of the queue, I got quite nervous! Fortunately, though, I got the message across fine!

    Whether you are just starting to speak to native speakers, you have to make a phone call in a foreign language, you have to make a speech in public or you just don’t feel that confident, here are some tips to help you stay in control.”

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    – Chris Parker on Fluent in Mandarin

  • Teaching Yourself a Language? Then Act Like a Teacher!

    “Even if you’re the model student, you need to act like the teacher once in a while. Why?

    Teaching is a profession for a reason — it takes thought and effort to effectively impart information to others. A lot of this time and effort manifests itself in a little something called lesson planning. A lesson plan is a road map not only of what needs to be learned, but also how best to learn it and how to check for comprehension at the end of it all. If you’re only playing the role of student, you’re probably not thinking too much about the “how,” but you should be.”

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    – Meaghan on Transparent Language

  • Planning my language projects

    “I created this plan some time ago in order to organize and keep track of my language learning projects. In this blog post I would like to give you some suggestions for your own planning and therefore I just guide you through my plan step by step and you can pick what fits best to you. ”

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    – Dani on I simply love languages

  • Although if you’re not a natural planner, don’t feel like you have to plan everything. In fact, you can change your life 13 minutes at a time.

    Set a timer for 13 minutes and have a go at that scary task – reading a Vietnamese article, start writing or tackle some flashcards.

    “Just start with 13 minutes, and see what happens.”
    – Nicole Antoinette

Over to you: What was your favourite language learning article this month? Or what was the top tip or piece of advice you discovered in May?

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