From time to time I feel a great temptation to share my own learning and teaching experiences with other people. The way we learn something is critically important to the final outcome.

How do we learn languages? Normally, we memorize some basic words and phrases, then we learn some grammar rules and try to compose phrases using wrong words and making predictable mistakes since the interference from the native language is so strong. Why is it that after years of studies many still fail speaking fluently? Do they fail because they are stupid and lazy? Definitely not. At the very beginning of our lives we learnt our native languages perfectly well, so we are capable of learning languages. Probably, the way we acquire a new language is not the most efficient. Most likely, it is quite inefficient. We didn’t learn the native language as a sum of vocabulary and grammar rules. We never thought about the grammar at all, and yet we succeeded.

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Day Two: We went over basics!!

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My name is Sam Bleakly,

I’m the community manager at italki!  :)

In July I will be traveling to Japan for the first time….  and I know absolutely no Japanese!!!

As a solution, I will be taking 30 lessons on italki before my trip and documenting what I learn by making videos of me learning Japanese.

Here is my first video where i’m tired from a long day of work at italki and trying to remember all of the Japanese vocabulary that I’ve learned!!!!:

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Learning a language can be challenging, so here are 3 tips from one of our italki tutors on what to focus on in order to reach your goal!

3 Ways to learn a language

 

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Teacher of the Week: Melissa

April 17th, 2013 | Posted by Samuel Bleakly in teachers - (0 Comments)

Hi Everyone!!!

Congratulations to Melissa our new teacher of the week.

A professional teacher with 11 years experience teaching all ages; Melissa teaches French, Spanish, English and Nepali.

In this  introduction video she speaks all of them!

When you’re ready to book a lesson with her, visit her profile by clicking here : http://www.italki.com/teacher/1168195

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