How to Write Better if You Are Not a Native English-Speaker?

For me as well as a half or our readers, English is not the first language. This does not mean that we cannot read and write as well or better than most native speakers. In this post, a Hungarian journalist explains her way to master the English language. My way was different and passed through conference rooms and business negotiations. You are welcome to create your own path to mastering the second language.

When English is not your first language, composing texts may lead to absolute frustration. read more

Never tell people to improve

Are we too hard with ourselves for our own good? Recent studies show that more rest, positive language and acceptance will improve our lives. For more information, you are welcome to read here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Why now?

As the year ends, we review our year and summarize its results. Some people focus on the things they are grateful for. Others focus on the aspects that need improvement. While improvement is always welcome, do not push yourself too hard. Even more important, read more

5 Tips To Improve Your Writing In Academic English

There are many resources on how to write better, yet most of these resources are too specific, too generic or poorly written. This guest article by Carol Duke captures the essence of writing in academic English as a set of simple and clear bullets: rules to live by as a writer. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Unlike numerous writing styles like a letter, blogging, and several more, ‘Academic Writing’ is entirely a whole different beast which delivers a specific structure and format read more

Seven Surefire Ways to Learn a Second Language without Leaving Your House

From the language of the title you understand it is a guest post. Learning languages has always been one of the inspirations of our students. Usually, we provide in-depth analysis of specific aspects of language learning, and now it is our pleasure to provide the overview as it is perceived by one of the market leaders in teaching languages. The post was contributed by Dennis Baklan from Preply. Preply successfully amassed read more

Multilingual learning

I know three languages very well, and some more languages not as well, maybe enough to read a newspaper. My grandmother claimed to know 12 languages, and I can vouch that at least five of them she knew as well as I know English. This is by no means a unique skillset. Maybe due to my hobbies and occupations, or maybe due to the nature of the place where I was born, I have many multilingual friends. Being multilingual has several distinct advantages and disadvantages. The multilingual learning routine read more

Phonological awareness

This post was built in a very unusual way. Anna shared with me some of here thoughts and asked me to write a post to clarify the issues. I performed a short research starting with wikipedia and found more professional publications here,here, here, here and here.

Sounds and letters

Simply put, phonological awareness is the ability to divide words into sounds and further connect between sounds and letters. The phonological awareness is one of the steps kids learn to read. This is not what we do in speedreading when read more

Spaced repetition apps

Our friend and partner Gabriel Wyner is launching a new kickstarter project aimed at creating a language learning app for spaced repetition. VISIT THIS LINK which was built just for you, my readers, to participate in the project. Below I will explain about different spaced repetition apps and what makes Gabriel’s app special.

Spaced repetition principles

When we want to remember something we generate mnemonics. If we want to be able to remember the mnemonics for a very long time, we use dual coding: create both visual read more

Massive memory structures

I am occasionally asked how can someone remember 1 mil visualizations. Now 1 mil visualizations is a lot. For comparison, The King James Authorized Bible has 783,137 words. It is enough to know ~5000 words and 5000 phrases of a foreign language to be fluent, e.g. about 100,000 visualizations should suffice per language. Practically, not even a doctor or a lawyer needs more than 200,000 visualizations for their read more

Long term memory and sleep

One thing that bothers me with long-term memory is the need to review the flashcards or mental palaces or other memory structures. Most memory experts I know use spaced repetitions constantly. Since I use slightly different tools, I use spaced repetitions only for very specific issues, and when I use it I do not like it. What does that mean, why does it happen, and to which extent can this effect be avoided?

What happens when we sleep

When we sleep, we write down some of the day’s memories into our long-term memory. read more

Immersion methods to learn English faster

This is a guest post by Lucy Adams. Lucy Adams is a professional blogger and essay writer. She stumbled upon my blog and offered to write a post about English language and essay writing. Since she has written many essays for people who struggle with English, she offered a perspective on learning English as a second language. I loved these tips because they represent what we call in language read more