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How to Learn Languages – Interview with Josh Plotkin [#1]

How to Learn Languages – Interview with Josh Plotkin [#1]

Pick up helpful tips on learning languages from the author of BrazilianGringo.com, who speaks 5 languages. In this first episode of our interview series with known polyglots, Meaghan asks Josh (among other things) about:

  • what works &  what doesn’t?
  • how long does it take to learn a language?
  • how can you immerse yourself into a language without leaving your country?
  • how can you reduce a foreign accent (or actually get the native one)?

Tip: if you are not an English native speaker, you can use this interview as an interesting learning material – the video contains subtitles.

Meaghan: Hi, my name is Meaghan, and today I will be talking with Josh Plotkin. Josh runs a website and blog at BrazilianGringo.com. His website helps non-Brazilians learn Portuguese and gives tip on surviving in Brazil. Thank you, Josh, so much for talking with me today. How are you?

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How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It – Interview with Gabriel Wyner [#0]

How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It – Interview with Gabriel Wyner [#0]

Gabriel Wyner is  the author of “Fluent Forever – How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It”. I have to admit that the title gets straight to the point. No more, no less. For me it was kind of an epiphany.

Here, at VocApp.com, we are deeply impressed by Gabriel and want to make our platform as compatible with his methodology as possible — to a much greater extent than Anki or other spaced repetition systems. Watch our interview with Gabriel. We will ask him about:

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How to learn 1000 most common English words (and never forget them)

How to learn 1000 most common English words (and never forget them)

top-1000-wordsDo you know that an average English text in more than 80% consists of the 1000 most common words? It means knowing these words you already know 8-9 words in every 10 words! And the remaining one or two are often quite easy to guess from the context.

The best part is that you can learn these 1000 words in 30 days spending only 20-30 minutes a day, completly for free.  And with minimal effort you will never forget them!

How to learn these popular English words easilly?

Just go to http://vocapp.com/course/63-top-1000-english-words and join the course.

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How to Learn 100 new English words daily (and not to forget them)?

How to Learn 100 new English words daily (and not to forget them)?

powitanie, języki obce, uczyć się językaIt doesn’t matter if you have talent for learning or not.
What matters is the right method.

Are you familiar with good old paper flashcards?
They were quite nice. But in 2014 we can do much better:)

Flashcards on your smartphone with spaced-repetition system
+ MP3 pronunciation + examples + images
= super easy & efficient way of learning. Try it out for free.

Multi-sensory input and repetition system make a difference!

Get it from Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.vocapp)

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The Author of iswearenglish.com

The Author of iswearenglish.com

I don’t even know his name but he looks very familiar to me – good old Hagrid from Harry Potter? Robin Williams from Good Will Hunting? Robinson Crusoe? John the Baptist? Karl Marx? Fidel Castro?

But the name really doesn’t matter. So what matters? His brilliant teaching skills, sense of humor, nice stories and perfect British accent. And what is the most impressive — except his beard — is his consistency. He publishes at least one new video every day (from hospital, his forest, kitchen, pub, bathroom…).  He has already published more than 2,500 videos for 3 years.

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ted.com

ted.com

Ted.com is a website with more then 1,700 talks (i.e. videos with speeches in English) available for free.

Pros:

  • The talks regard quite interesting subjects (technology, science, business, trends, medicine, psychology).
  • A lot of great speakers (e.g. Nobel Prize Winners or Google founders) give their presentations.
  • You have a chance to learn a great variety of accents (speakers come from various countries, their age and sex vary).
  • English transcriptions and subtitles are available.
  • Transcriptions in other languages (than English) may be helpful for beginners.
  • The presentations are short (about 10 minutes).
  • Watching the videos is for free.
  • New videos are uploaded every week.
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