What to learn in 2016?


Two days left until the closing, and at the same time, we shall celebrate the new year with joy for learning a new language. I put up a polling about language that I would be recommended to learn in 2016. I listed out some of the languages that I have encountered and have once interested me, however, I did not manage to learn or did not keep up with the learning. I personally thank 94 voters that have participated in this polling.

5 Language Learning Tips I Shared Today


I just arrived home not long after participating in a weekly language event that I always join. If you did not know about the event, please visit Polyglot Cafe website, the information is available in Chinese, English, and Japanese. It was fun as usual meeting new people and practicing languages at the same time. It is not surprising to know someone that speaks 3, 4, or even 5 languages or more.

What I Have Learnt After Learning 10+ Languages


I began my language learning from a young age. I went to learn English at an English Learning Center before going to regular school. Thus, English is my first foreign language learnt at school. The reason is very simple, English is a widely-used international language. Wherever people go, they will most likely speak English.

Guest Post: 6 Unexpected Techniques to Memorize New Phrases


Memorizing stuff is hard for lots of different people, and the weird thing is that it works different ways for different people. Some can remember strings of numbers, others can remember faces, and others can remember the intimate details of events. If you are unlucky, then you may have trouble memorizing new phrases, so here are a few techniques to help you. These techniques will help you learn new words in English, and will help you learn new words and phrases in another language.

Italki Language Challenge – Russian (Part 2)


Finally, my Russian course is coming to an end. I know the time is too short for anyone to reach fluency, means to understand news article or to converse without switching to other language. However, with the right learning technique and focus on only certain topics, you can learn the most within the least time.

Italki Language Challenge - Russian (Part 1)

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The time has come finally. Another month, another challenge. I have finally came to realize that everyone regardless their personal and professional backgrounds always have interest in language learning. People from any age learn languages. I have to admit that language is one of many important aspects in our life. Without language, how could we communicate?

Going South East Asian

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South East Asia comprises of 11 countries — Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, The Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and East Timor. These countries have different languages. However, Indonesian language spoken in Indonesia and Malay language spoken in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei Darussalam are sometimes considered the same language. In fact, both are interchangeable but are also distinguishable.

Guest Post: Three great tips to learn Mandarin Chinese effectively

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With the huge upswing in the numbers of people across the world planning to learn Mandarin Chinese, we often get asked for tips and advice on the best ways to effectively learn the language. So, we’ve put together 3 great tips to help you on your way:

Esperanto Goes To Italki

I had the chance to teach Esperanto to italki team members recently.
Check out the photo on Instagram

Guest Post: Learn Mandarin now

English: Made in China - in Chinese

I want to learn Chinese…, but where do I start? So, you’ve decided that you want to learn Mandarin Chinese? Read the characters and master the tones? Well, starting to learn any new language can be an enjoyable challenge, but possibly more so when there is a new “alphabet” and “tones” to learn, as with Chinese.

4 Interesting Conlangs


You may have read that there are more than 7,000 languages around the world, and many are endangered, so why bother creating languages? I am not a big fan of constructed language (conlang) but I have encountered several conlangs that I find interesting.

Personally, I speak a conlang called Esperanto and I have learnt 2 other conlangs called Lingua Franca Nova and Jennai. I am also interested in several more conlangs, which I don't learn but only read about them.

How to decide what to learn?


Every phase of decision making is a challenge. Some people sometimes spend too much time considering the good and bad results of the decision that they will make. Meanwhile, other people can make decision quite fast.

How to Find Time to Learn Languages?

12-hour digital clock radio

Throughout my years of experience in language learning, I finally conclude that language learning is not easy. Well practically, it is not easy although it may sound easy to do. Nevertheless, don’t let it discourage you to learn because all of your sacrifice is worthy!

The frequently heard excuse for not learning a language is not having the time. In fact, everyone is always busy; students are also busy although they don’t spend as much time as what office workers do.

3 Languages At Once


Social media as a platform for socializing also has other function, which is distributing latest news to the world. I have been following many social media of bloggers and news portals, especially in language learning and other specific topics. And I get everyday latest news from these social media, which did not exist 15-20 years ago.

Guest Post: Explore Atlaans, A Fun And Easy Germanic Conlang


I have always loved Germanic languages and recently I have started working on a conlang based on German and Dutch called Atlaans. I love fantasy and the idea of Atlantis has always intrigued me.

A bunch of my friends and me started developing a fictional world where Atlantis was a real place. Because of the dominance of Atlantean culture on this world, all languages come from some form of Atlantean. I decided to make an Atlantean language based on German and Dutch. Atlaans is just a Dutch version of the word "Atlantean".

Language Challenge Accepted (Again)

bungee jumping outside Macau Tower

I like challenges and I always challenge myself to learn languages. Through these challenges, I have encountered so many interesting facts that I would not know if I had not taken the challenge. Learning languages really broaden our mind to the outside world.

My first participation in an online language challenge happened on February. Italki, a widely-known language learning site, held the event with the goal of learning any languages for 20 hours throughout the whole month.

Guest Post: Why Hindi Translations Are Uncommon On the Web?


Each and every industry, now-a-days, is running after money for gaining new markets and business opportunities. No wonder that it is the most significant part of a better living, but lack of attention to details can cost your business considerable amount of losses. The ‘attention to details’ here, refers to the attention to your native language, i.e. Hindi.

Guest Post: The Influence of Technology on the English Language


The history of the English language can be dated as far back as the 5th Century AD when three Germanic tribes, Angles, Saxons and Jutes came to England and displaced the Celtic language that was spoken. The invasion of the Vikings, as well as the influence of Latin, caused the language to evolve further, and contributed a substantial amount of the vocabulary used today. This continued evolution has led to English being the second most used language in the world.

Second Language Meetup

A chef showing Tanzanian beer and Swahili phrasebook

Having had so much fun on the previous meeting, I joined the event again for the second time which took place on Saturday, April 25th. First meeting was awesome, but the second one was even more awesome. Not only we had more participants, but we also had a special language host.

First Language Meetup


I bet the majority of language learners from anywhere around the world must have heard about an event where language learners meet and converse in foreign languages, so-called Language Meetups. Me either, but I just joined my very first meetup yesterday! Don't know what hold me back from joining it before, anyway, I enjoyed it very much.

New Language Challenge: Turkish


The first thing comes to my mind when I hear the word "Turkish" is the Turkish ice-cream vendor in Danshui 淡水, New Taipei City 新北市 in Taiwan 台灣. Danshui, or also written as "Tamsui", is a touristic destination located at Northern Taiwan, and is reachable by the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) for about 30 minutes away from Taipei Main Station. What comes first to your mind when you hear the word "Turkish"?

Level Up Or Learn A New Language?


So, you might be learning your ninth language and people keep on asking "When will you stop learning languages?" Instead of having an answer to that question, you came up with more questions, "Will you level up one language or learn a new language?"

I admit that language learning is addictive, well, in a positive meaning. I bet once you know your second, third or fourth language, you will want to learn more and more. You become unstoppable!

My Name In Several Scripts/ Languages


Here is "Teddy Nee" in various Tibetan scripts, the first being the usual capital one (uchen or "ucän") and the others "ume" cursive variants (chuyig, drutsa & tshuthung, among others)
Did you realize that most of Asian languages have their own writing scripts, whereas European languages adopt Latin script? I find it very interesting. In fact, I am so interested by the aesthetic aspect of the script, especially that with curves and written as if it was drawn.

20 Hours Of Portuguese


20-hour language course is certainly short compared with what many study programs can offer. Imagine that you might spend the whole one hour on learning alphabets and telling people about your name, your hometown, your occupation, etc. in a language course.

If you join a course with many students, your learning pace can go only as fast as the slowest student. That might not be efficient for some students. The solution is either to do self-learning or to take a 1-on-1 course.

Valentine's Day With Portuguese Language


Valentine's Day has just passed, how did you celebrate with your lovely one? Did you say "Happy Valentine" in many languages? Well, as a multilingual, I think it would be pretty awesome.

February 14th a.k.a Valentine's Day marks my 1 month of learning Portuguese in Italki Challenge. Oh wait, it is not 1 month as in 30 days but actually, it is only 17 hours. That is because I take only about 4 classes in a week.

Guest Post: Castilian vs Canarian Spanish–All About The ‘Canarismos’

Map of the Canary Islands.

The differences between the Spanish of autonomous Catalonia and Castilian Spanish are exhaustive, requiring Spanish learners to invest extensive time and effort to pick up this alternate tongue.

The language of Spain’s island communities, however, is not quite disparate. Leaners will only have to twinge a few of their Castilian based words and phrases to sound like a regular island native.  If you’re planning on visiting and want to wow, or you’re going there to study, here’s a breakdown of the main differences between Castilian and Canarian Spanish to set you off on the front foot.

Guest Post: How Technology Is Making It Easier To Learn A Language

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How technology is making it easier to learn a language, while at the same time eliminating the need to do so.

I often wonder what life was like pre-­technology. Images of men in robes studying in vast libraries by candlelight come to mind. Back then, access to knowledge was a much more coveted privilege than it is today. If you wanted to find out information on something, you had to put your boots on, walk through snowstorms (for dramatics), go to the library and finally find a book to do some research with. Now you can just press a button to get the answer.

Italki Challenge: The Game Is On



It has been one week after the challenge started and I have taken four classes so far. It was a bit off schedule but hopefully, I can manage to do more classes on the following weeks.

My target language in this challenge is Portuguese, just general Portuguese, means that I do not specify the target for any certain kind of Portuguese (as what we have known, there are Brazilian Portuguese and Portuguese from Portugal)

Guest Post: Lingotastic - My Language Teaching Journey


As a mum of three, I’ve brought my children up with an awareness of other languages, using point and name, playing, reading, singing, puzzles and DVDs. My husband is German, so we mostly did so in German and English, with a bit of French and Hebrew.

My youngest child started school last September and, as I thought about paid work, I wanted to combine my love of languages with my experience working with mums and toddlers that I’d gained through unpaid work.

New Year, New Challenge

Fireworks at Disneyworld.

It's New Year (again), what are you resolutions? Hold on for a second, did you achieve what you had plan for last year? I see many people have great interest in language learning, however, when it comes to the practice, they give lots of excuses and the biggest excuse is not having the time for language learning.

Guest Post: Is Mandarin Difficult? It Depends


According to many articles that I have read, Mandarin is one of top 10 most difficult languages to learn. I am a native Mandarin speaker and also a language teacher. From my over 4 years of teaching experience, I find it very interesting to observe the learning process of my students. I figured out that everyone has their own learning technique. Here, I would like to share some learning tips with you.

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