Posts from the 'Speaking' Category

Amelia on January 25 2011 4

Improve Your Speaking Skills by Surrounding Yourself with Opportunity

Pushing yourself to take risks and achieve goals can help you improve your skills with a foreign language, but sometimes too much pushing just gums up the works. I noticed a good example of this recently when I spent some time with an acquaintance and her young granddaughter. When we met up, my acquaintance mentioned […]

Amelia on December 23 2010 3

Using Google For Language Study: Phrase Searching

This is a long post, so for your entertainment, I’m throwing in some pictures I took yesterday. The photo on the left is of some Christmas lights on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi, Georgia, where I am more or less temporarily. Now down to business…

Amelia on July 11 2010 3

How to Revive “Forgotten” Language Knowledge

Annoying as it is, the old adage “use it or lose it” is particularly apt when it comes to foreign language learning. It’s not uncommon for a person to have studied a language for several years, then stop using it and after a while feel like it’s lost for good. Fortunately, it probably isn’t. The […]

Amelia on May 05 2010 0

Fear of Speaking a Foreign Language? Consider This When You Travel

Linguist and researcher Stephen Krashen has a theory that most language learners go through a “silent period” during which they either can’t or don’t want to talk. It could last a day or a month or more. More importantly,

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