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How to Improve Your English Skills by Describing and Captioning Pictures

They say a picture is worth 1000 words -- so doesn't that mean pictures can be used for effective language learning? Here's a great new class activity: use your creativity to caption pictures and improve your English skills in the process!...

Learn Chinese the Chinese Way: Tang Poetry 唐诗 and Children's Songs 儿歌

What if you could learn Chinese the way Chinese children do? Childrens' songs and poetry are a traditional and very useful part of learning Mandarin. Here are three lovely examples to get you started...

Julia  

Word Juggling: 4 Ways to Improve your Memory Skills for Language Learning

Long-term memory, fluid intelligence, working memory - the mental skills involved in decoding the speech of a native speaker are a lot like the skills involved in juggling. Here are four ways to practice so you don't drop the ball...

Chris  

Gender in French: The Cheat Sheet

Although many people dislike this part of the French grammar, with experience, predicting genders with great accuracy is easy. Practice French the right way with this ultimate guide to genders.

5 Strategies for Learning Languages from Movies and TV

You're watching a show to learn a foreign language, but is it going over your head? I learned Spanish from soap operas, and I’ve analyzed how new language learners learn from movies. Here are five techniques for effective learning...

The Important Differences Between Por que, Por quê, Porque and Porquê

Is it important to learn the differences between the porquês, even though they are all pronounced the same? Learn each porquês in depth so that you can recognize its intention in everyday conversation…

How to Make Yourself Understood in English

Have you ever tried to say something in English to the best of your ability, only to have your teacher respond, "Sorry, what did you say?" You're convinced that you said it correctly, but something is wrong! Here's what you can do ...

5 New Things You Can Try With Your italki Tutor

You've taken charge of language learning, got an online tutor for regular lessons, but are you stuck doing the same old activities each week? Try these out for something fresh and new!

Fluency and Accuracy -- Which is More Important?

Which is more important -- speaking accurately or speaking fluently? Which will help you more in the long run? Do they work hand-in-hand, or can one be present without the other? Let's consider priorities...

The Beginner's Motivational Guide to Learning Latin American Spanish

Are you thinking of learning Spanish? Have you tried before? Either way, here are 5 quick tips for getting off on the right foot, making the commitment, keeping your motivation, and developing confidence and a love for Latin American Spanish.

What's in a Girl's Name? 8 Female Russian Names in Culture and History

These female Russian names have significant historical context. What's the difference between Katya and Katyusha, and what special meaning do names hold? Find out in a walk through Russian culture here!...

Liza  

Setting Sail for Fluency: How to Create Your Own Italian Language Immersion Experience at Home

Have you ever experienced a time where you were all fired up to learn a new language, but lost enthusiasm after a few weeks of studying? La Studentessa Matta has some ideas to help you keep your learning boat afloat…

Learning to write Japanese Characters

Typing is so easy, is handwriting really an important part of learning a language? You bet it is, especially for Japanese! Learn why writing kanji correctly actually matters, plus the right ways to study (it's not copying characters over and over)...

Sound like a Native Speaker: 19 Spanish Idioms

“How can I sound more like a native speaker?” Knowing a few idiomatic expressions will help you pull it off. If you want to go to Colombia, Peru, Bolivia or Venezuela, you will enjoy this article, and you can say to yourself, "Al son que me toquen bailo"!

Learning a Foreign Language: Understanding Lexical Categories

Add Lexical Categories to your language hacking toolkit and study smarter. I'll explain both linguistic and psychological aspects of lexical categories with examples from English, and you can use these versatile ideas to learn any language...