I would like to take a moment of your time and inform you about the language-learning resources on LearnALanguage.com. This website is full of vocabulary and phrases that will help you improve your knowledge of the language you are learning. The site provides you with hundreds of lessons, games and activities in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, French to English and Spanish to English.
Learning how to say different phrases in other languages is fun. You may want to put a time limit on how long you browse around because you could get lost for hours. You have been warned. What page do you spend the most time on? Login and comment below.
Have you ever wondered what your Chinese birth year sign is? Well first of all, what are these signs? You’ve probably seen these signs, also known as Chinese zodiac or astrology signs, when you go to a Chinese restaurant. A printed sheet of paper, used as a place mat, shows twelve animals and has a brief explanation of each. You are assigned an animal depending on which year you were born in. This is about the extent most of us look into these signs. Oh man, was I surprised when I looked into my own sign a little more…
My zodiac sign is the Tiger. I’m not convinced these signs are a real predictor, but I was blown away when I read a complete description of those born in the year of the tiger! Each sign comes with brief summaries in personality, health, career, relationships and some others depending on the source. It was almost spot-on for me in every area it described! How I am with people, at work, almost everything it said seemed to be describing me personally.
Every organization needs to have a mission. This is the purpose, the overriding goal behind everything that we do. We here at LearnALanguage.com had a very long, intense discussion over what our mission would be. We think that you’ll be excited about this:
Our Mission: To make language-learning a convenient and social habit through modern technology.
Pretty simple, right? Let’s break it down together, just to see exactly why we’re here and what we’re doing.
Language-learning: We operate based on the assumption that everyone is interested in learning a second, third or fourth language (or ought to be so). The benefits are enormous and let’s face it – no one will ever regret learning another language. We all have our own reasons, and that’s good enough for us.
Convenient: We know that convenience is a major factor in how and when people are going to focus on learning. A big part of that is money. If you buy a language course (RosettaStone, Pimsleur, RocketSpanish, etc.), you’re going to be out about $300 (give or take). If you go with LearnALanguage.com instead, you’re going to spend……. $0 – doesn’t that feel good? We’re here when you need us, for free. We have a huge variety of topics and learning methods.
Social: When we say “social”, we mean that we want you to be excited enough about learning a language that you invite your friends and family. We’re making it easy to share these free lessons via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, StumbleUpon and many other ways. It just makes sense. If you like something, you share it. If you find yourself at a great party with free food, you call your friends so that they can enjoy the happiness too. Sharing is a great idea.
Making Learning a Habit: Let’s be honest: the only way to truly learn over a lifetime is to make learning a habit. We’re making it easy to come back on a regular basis. It doesn’t cost you anything, you’re actually learning, great games and activities to review – what’s not to love?
Modern Technology: LearnALanguage.com uses cutting-edge technology to make sure that we offer you the best learning experience possible. Our future plans are enormous and we’re excited to unveil them soon. We know that our fans are going to be happy with all of the new things that we will soon be offering, all for free. We believe that we all benefit and learn most effectively by harnessing modern technology.
We love our fans, and we’re excited to introduce you to the future of language-learning.
The word “fail” is one of the most popular search words in Google and YouTube. For some reason, human beings find enjoyment in watching the slip-ups and trip-ups of their fellow earth-dwellers. America’s Funniest Home Videos, a TV show based solely on people falling over, is one of the most popular, family-centered TV shows of all time. There’s nothing wrong with that (mostly), but here is the question: How do you make sure that you are the one watching these ‘fails’, not the one performing?
WAY TO UP: Don’t be whoever wrote this sign…
I can’t tell you how to ride a bike properly, or how NOT to jump into a swimming pool, but I can give you some help with the language blunders that happen so often. We’ve all heard the horror stories, and some of us have been unfortunate enough to tell those stories in the first-person. I vividly remember asking a sweet family if I could ‘eat their giant’ on my first trip to Cambodia. I was so embarrassed, but now (years later), I find it as hilarious as if it had happened to someone else.
What’s the strategy to not be that person? Be prepared. Plain and simple, the best way to avoid the small-time, quick-fix mistakes is to do your homework, study intensely and frequently, and love what you’re doing (or trying to do). We here at LearnALanguage.com pride ourselves on bringing you the best content out there – all for free – so that you no longer have any excuses to procrastinate your preparations.
Are you tired of saying happy birthday in just one language? Add a little spice to the birthday party by being able to say happy birthday in multiple languages. You could even have a happy birthday multi-language party! Here is a video to help you:
What gets you motivated? What gets you super-pumped and excited? What events cause celebration in your life? Take a moment and really think about those questions. It may even be helpful to write down your answers. I’d like to take a moment and answer those question for myself, and together I hope we can learn how to turn motivation into celebration.
What gets you motivated? For me, the answer to that question depends on what the goal is. In my life, I usually see or experience something that motivates me and gives me the desire to set a goal and achieve it. For example, I have seen a healthy transformation in my father. For years, he could not sleep in a bed because he would get heartburn every night due to his diet and lack of exercise. He has completely changed his diet, eats much healthier and does his best to avoid eating late at night. He also spends more time exercising than he used to. He has lost weight, feels better and is happier because of this change. His discipline has motivated me to eat healthier, exercise more and be more disciplined in general.
I have also been motivated by others and their desire and commitment to learning, whether it be learning a new language, learning how to wake board or learning how to make homemade pizza. People in my life who are consistently learning seem to live more fulfilling lives. There is a certain excitement that comes from learning from life’s experiences, whether they be your own or someone else’s.
What gets you super-pumped and excited? I have a little brother who is talented in basketball and football, and I get excited watching him score touchdowns, make tackles and swish 3-pointers. I get excited when great things happen to the people close to me, whether it’s a buddy of mine who meets a great girl or someone does well on a test. I get excited when things go right for me, whether it’s finding a solution to a problem or just being blessed with unique opportunities. There are lots of things that make me super-pumped.
What events cause celebration in your life? This question is very similar to the previous question, but there is also a difference. For me, the difference is that excitement can be random and celebration usually is a result of hard work. That being said, here are 2 quotes that I really like regarding celebration:
“Remember to celebrate with others those things you have accomplished together. Celebration creates unity and strengthens relationships.”
“Celebrate every small victory.”
I am a celebrator. I think that people don’t celebrate enough, and perhaps I celebrate too much. If I want to be a millionaire, am I only going to celebrate as soon as I make that first million? No. My philosophy is to celebrate the little things that will ultimately help you achieve your goal. Celebration and motivation are closely tied. Celebrating the small things has helped me to enjoy the journey and stay motivated to keep working toward goals.
How to turn motivation into celebration: The simple answer is hard work. For me, it’s a cycle of never-ending fun and excitement. This cycle begins as motivation, which translates into hard work, which leads to multiple, small celebrations, which keeps me motivated, which keeps me working, which leads to more celebration. I met a professor at a prestigious university who taught me that when working toward a goal, I should plan, do, evaluate and learn; then plan, do evaluate and learn. I would add celebrate into that cycle of progression, which will ultimately help me to continue the cycle of progression.
One of my favorite movies is Rudy. If you’ve never seen the movie, I highly encourage you to watch it. This is the final scene of Rudy, which is a celebration of a great moment that is a result of years of hard work. It’s obviously a dramatic celebration, but think about how you might celebrate more as you watch it. Enjoy:
What is something you should be celebrating in your life? Please login and comment below. I’m gonna go celebrate the completion of this post.
One great way to immerse yourself in a new language is by watching TV or movies in that language. If movies are your choice, you should consider picking from the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award winners. Every year since 1956 non-English films that are made outside the United States are nominated for the award.
These nominations and awards make a great resource when looking for the best foreign language films. The winner at the 2012 Academy Awards was “A Separation” directed by Asghar Farhadi. The film is in Persian and marks Iran’s first win since the award began. Some other notable nominees from this year included “Bullhead” in Dutch, French and Limburgish; “Footnote” in Hebrew; “In Darkness” in Polish, German, Yiddish and Ukrainian; and “Monsieur Lazhar” in French.
Yes, speaking is the best way to learn, but watching a foreign movie will definitely help you learn, understand, and love a new language. Know any more great foreign films? Let us know in the comment section.
Every day, Google gets asked hundreds of thousands of questions about how to study better, what are the best tools to learn a language, what are the short-cuts, what advice do professionals offer, where are the great resources, the list goes on. We all know it – Learning a language is a very difficult thing. So why make it harder? Every single tool that we come upon should be used to the fullest benefit possible. It has been said that ‘life is a game of inches.’ Here at LearnALanguage.com, we have another tool to help you ‘get those inches.’
The LearnALanguage.com Toolbar can be downloaded and customized for up to 8 languages. Yet another great tool to help us learn quick.
You can find our toolbar all over our site. Download the bar that has each language (by selecting the image to the left), or you can go to the Learn Spanish page to download the Spanish Toolbar, the Learn Italian page to download the Italian Toolbar and so on. You get the idea.
This isn’t a ground-shaking, world-changing development, but it is a tool that we can use to remind ourselves to study every single day, or several times a day. It will make our free language lessons now one-click away. With learning this easy, why are you still reading this? www.learnalanguage.com
It’s not easy to be self-motivated. We realize that learning a language is not an easy task. It takes self-motivation and hard work. In order to help you when you may not feel very motivated, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite self-motivation quotes. Many of the quotes come from the community of Mindbloom.
“One learns the most about writing once their pen is moving.”
“You can’t fly if you never jump!”
“Your breakthroughs will come when you do what you’ve been afraid to do.”
“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” -Steve Young
“If you find yourself getting nervous, stop and relax for three full breaths. Then take one small step, then another. That is how people get to the top of Everest.” -Martha Beck
“Today I do what others will not, so tomorrow I do what others cannot.” -Jerry Rice
“When faced with mountain-like obstacles, I envision myself already at the top.”
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” -Maria Robinson
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” -Lou Holtz
“If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.” Rabindranath Tagore
“Celebrate every small victory!”
“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.”
“Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.” -Peter T. Mcintyre
“I am not my challenges. I am not my illness. I am stronger than my mind. I am stronger than my pain.”
I hope that one of those quotes took you from la-la land in your mind to putting your mind to work. What is your favorite quote? Please comment on this post below. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Do you know who Ioannis Ikonomou is? I didn’t either – that is, until I ran across an article about one of the smartest living human beings. Most of us would consider speaking a second language as a great feat. A third language? Incredible. A fourth language? Impossible. Not Ioannis Ikonomou. This 46-year old Greece-born, world-citizen “feels comfortable” speaking and communicating in 32 languages. That’s not a typo – 32 (as in thirty-two).
As a native Grecian, his mother-tongue is Greek. He began learning English when he was 6 years old. After English came German… Then Russian… Italian… Turkish… Arabic… And so the story goes. Ioannis is now employed as the only in-house translator for the European Commission of the United Nations. He spends about half the year in Beijing, China as a representative of the European Commission.
What does this mean for the rest of us? Are we to find the story of Ioannis as encouraging or discouraging? I say that we ought to be encouraged, and here is why:
Mr Ikonomou is amazing, but he is still a human being. If he is capable of learning 32 languages, shouldn’t I be capable of learning at the very least, a second language, and maybe even a third?
His second language started when he was 6. He is now 46. That means 40 years of dedicated language-learning. What’s my point? My point is that this isn’t a race. You don’t have a deadline for learning that language that you’ve been working on (unless you’re moving to Costa Rica at the end of the month – odds are, you aren’t).
“There’s really no hard or easy language to learn,” he says. “Anyone can learn a language if they fall in love with it.” He goes on through-out the article explaining that his single greatest key to success is falling in love with the language. That makes sense. Everything from using it daily, learning the culture, eating the food, watching TV and reading in that language, and eventually dreaming in it.
It’s possible – as long as we fall in love with it. I completely agree. I’m bilingual and working on my third – the periods of the greatest success come at times when I’m genuinely interested in the language itself, not just in learning the language.
This blog is hosted by LearnALanguage.com– a site that is dedicated to helping people from all around the world learn languages, all for free. The learning material is here, but that’s not everything that you need. My challenge to you, is to dive in and don’t just learn the language, learn about the language. If you’re learning Russian, do some research on Russia: the weather and seasons, the culture, the food – you can even download a recipe and try it at home. If you’re learning Spanish, study the several countries where Spanish is spoken and find out about the people who use these languages.
Learning about the language and those who use it will help us to become better learners of the language itself.