Category Archives: Learning with Steve

Take the 90-Day Challenge on LingQ!

  Are you looking to make a breakthrough in your language in 2014? If so, we invite you to join us for the 90-Day Challenge! The challenge is a great opportunity for learners of all levels, whether you’re starting from scratch or have already been at it for a while. The 90-Day Challenge officially starts […]

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Steve’s Corner – Travel and language learning

Is foreign travel a condition of language learning? Can we learn to become fluent without ever leaving our home?

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Learning with Steve: What is the critical period in language learning?

What is meant by the critical period in language learning? There is considerable research which shows that we are best able to learn languages before the age of five. The brain is more flexible when we are infants. Our language capability hasn’t yet solidified around one specific language. Theoretically we could learn any language as […]

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Learning with Steve: Vocabulary and success

I know you feel that the size of a person’s vocabulary is very important. Can you explain why? Studies have shown that literacy is the best indicator of academic and professional success in a modern society. Literacy means more than just deciphering letters or symbols. There are degrees of literacy. ¬†Generally speaking the more words […]

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Learning with Steve: CLIL or content and language learning, what does it mean?

What is CLIL? Content and Language Integrated Learning is a method of foreign language instruction whereby other subjects, other than the language, are taught in that language. I am no expert, but I once participated in a conference on this subject. Any time you have students, whether in elementary school, or high school, or university, […]

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Learning with Steve: Can you learn a language in three months?

We often hear of language learning techniques that enable you to learn a language in a short period of time, 10 days, three months, etc. Do you think this is possible? The answer is yes and no. It is possible to learn to say a few things in a new language very quickly. If you […]

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Learning with Steve: Can adults learn languages the way children do?

Can adults learn languages the way children do? The situation of the adult is quite different from that of the child. The child has no native language to compare to or refer to. The adult does. This is both an advantage and a disadvantage for the adult. The adult knows many words in his or […]

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Learning with Steve: How important is talent in language learning?

Do some people just have that talent for language learning, while others don’t? People often tell me that they don’t have the talent for language learning. I usually interpret this to mean that they are not sufficiently motivated. So what does matter in language learning? Language learning requires a high level of motivation, the confidence […]

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Learning with Steve: The affective filter hypothesis in language learning, what does it mean?

I know you have read a lot of the works of Stephen Krashen. What does he mean by the affective filter? I believe this refers to anything that creates tension or anxiety and prevents us from learning and speaking the language we are learning. This is a very common phenomenon. Many people remain reluctant to […]

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Learning with Steve: How much do we need to speak when learning a language?

I know you always talk about the importance of input in language learning, but how important is it to speak when learning a language? It is very important to speak and to speak a lot. In order to become genuinely fluent, we need lots of practice speaking the language. I always find that when I […]

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