10 highs and lows of language learning

1. Feeling self conscious of how you sound and how many mistakes you’re probably making…

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2. …but then a native speaker compliments you on your accent.

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3. Being able to spark up conversation with strangers while abroad…

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4. …but then they respond back at lightning speed and you’re brought right back down to Earth

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5. When you can act as translator for a struggling tourist in your city

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6. When Duolingo says you’re 50% fluent but you only understand 0.1% of the movie…

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7. ..but you get excited any way, cos “yes, you just understood what they said!”

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8. Taking the time to learn proper grammar in your target language, and feeling like a true scholar…

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9. …Only to find out, that no-one really talks like that, and you sound “too formal”

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10. When you can eavesdrop into peoples conversations, and actually understand what they’re saying…

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bonus: And lastly, in my opinion probably the most satisfying thing of all…

11. Being able to understand MEMES!

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Making the most of online language exchange

The internet can be a great tool to advance your language learning progress. I’ve seen my fluency and confidence sky rocket through real life interactions with native speakers online. Based on my own experiences, here are my top 5 tips for successful and enjoyable online language exchange;

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Remembering new vocabulary

One of the major keys to developing fluency in a foreign language is having a good grasp of its vocabulary. Without knowing many words, you’ll have a difficult time expressing yourself. I’ve read various studies that put fluency at knowing anywhere between 3000-5000 words (add a few extra thousand if you want to enter native territory).

Learning (and remembering) an entirely new bank of vocabulary can seem like a daunting task so here are 5 tips to help you remember new vocabulary:

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