The Myth of Fluency: What Does It Mean to Be Fluent in a Language?

Achieving fluency in a language is a goal of every serious language learner. However, achieving fluency is a daunting proposition. You may, for example, have heard friends or colleagues effortlessly switch between languages. You feel that there is no way that you can emulate them. As far as you are concerned, they have a special …

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Language Learning in Adulthood – Advantages and Disadvantages

Those of us with children will have noticed how quickly they make progress in language acquisition. Within the short space of time, a child can go from babbling to forming coherent sentences. This is all the more amazing since they do this through simple exposure to the language, without any formal instruction. Any adult learner hoping …

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Top 10 Podcasts in French to Improve Your Listening Skills

Given their affordable and accessible nature, podcasts are a great option when seeking to improve your French language skills. In this article, we’ll explore how podcasts in French can dramatically improve your foreign language abilities – and which French podcasts you should be listening to. Why You Should Listen to Podcasts in French Podcasts are …

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Common Mistakes English Speakers Make in French

Making mistakes is an inevitable part of learning French for the first time. It’s how you learn, grow and develop a more advanced understanding of a difficult language. Being aware of common French mistakes can prevent you from developing incorrect speech patterns. Over time, this can save you from embarrassment and confusion. From verb usage …

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40+ French Transition Words to Boost Your Vocabulary

For anyone learning a language, transition words usually aren’t first on the list. But after you’ve mastered nouns and common French phrases, transition words are key for stringing your sentences together. In fact, transition words are what transform your broken French into the smooth, swoon-worthy language you’ve always dreamed of speaking. So what are you …

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What is the Difference Between “como estas” and “como te va” in Spanish?

As you get more advanced in Spanish, you’ll start to discover nuances of the language. Even for something as simple as greeting someone, there are hundreds of ways to say the same thing. You may be familiar with “¿Cómo estás?” as one of the most common ways to ask someone “How are you?” But do …

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Comprehensible Input – How Clozemaster Mirrors Natural Acquisition

Researchers have long studied the processes of child language acquisition and have applied these theories to second language acquisition. In the 1970s and 1980s, linguist Stephen Krashen proposed a series of hypotheses about language acquisition. He argues that the comprehensible input to which learners are exposed is of primary importance. How does a child learn …

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