Do you feel comfortable calling yourself "fluent" in English?
I started thinking about this topic recently when I was telling someone about my experiences living in Japan. She asked whether I'm fluent in Japanese, and I started to give my usual complicated answer.
I'm never sure what to say. On...
When have you made the fastest improvements in your language learning? I was thinking about this recently. I remembered that I've improved the fastest when I was:
- Studying the language every day by looking up new words, drilling with lists, and reading explanations of grammatical structures
Today a friend told me a story. She was doing translation work at a booth in a restaurant trade show. She was translating for the CEO of a company that made high-quality kitchen knives.
This CEO had studied English, but hadn't gotten many chances to use English in real situations. So he was able...
Watching TV is a great way to learn a foreign language. TV shows are great because:
- They're not too short and not too long.
- You learn in context. That means that you can see what language to use in a specific situation.
- They're fun to watch, so you keep coming back to them.
I'd like to...
I want to know about your English learning environment. When and where do you most often learn English?
Do you study in the morning when you wake up? At night in bed? On your lunch break?
Do you like to listen to lessons on your phone while you're jogging? Do you take an English class at...