Why your language goals fail (and how to fix them)

Kelsey Rayeducation, language0 Comments

Why your language goals fail

Before I started learning German in 2008, I studied Spanish in school and flirted with Japanese in the library. It’s easy to say why I failed in learning these first two languages. In Spanish, it was the overuse of vocabulary memorization. By the time teachers started introducing grammar, I associated the language with boredom. It was too easy. And Japanese? … Read More

Learn Hindi in 88 Hours: The Verdict

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88 Hours: Hindi

Last month I finally buckled down and focused on my spoken Hindi. My goal? To improve my spontaneous speaking skills in regards to daily activities. I believe I met my objectives. While it’s impossible to master a language in one month, it is possible to make major improvements. Here’s how to do it. Preparation is the key to successful study. … Read More

ALTE vs. ACTFL can-do statements. What’s the difference?

Kelsey Raylanguage, standards0 Comments


Both teachers and independent learners require a separate evaluation scale. Many language-specific organizations provide this. ALTE, the Association of Language Testers in Europe, can be used in conjunction with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, ACTFL, on the other hand, adheres to its own standards. A can-do statement is a task that either … Read More

Language learners: Grammar matters. Here’s why

Kelsey Raygrammar, language0 Comments

Why Grammar Matters

Half of us didn’t like it the first time. Nouns and verbs are simple enough. But then there’s direct and indirect objects, transitivity, mood. And foreign languages look even crazier. We have all sat there staring blankly at an abstract chart, trying to mindlessly memorize a list of rules and irregular forms. But the truth is grammar isn’t that hard. … Read More