There are blogs such as Fluent in 3 months where Benny attempts to get fluent in languages in three months and Fluent every year where Randy tries to achieve the same goal in one year. Here’s the breaker: I will join them! I am going to be choosing a period in the midpoint of 3 months and one year – exactly 6 months, take on a language and get fluent in it as well. They learn the languages they didn’t know before that are distant to them and so will I. Moreover, I will have this as a side project on the blog and not even quit doing the rest of the stuff I am doing. If you want to know how I plan to do this and what language I will be learning, read on.
I once read a blog by a guy who wrote that at the start of his new job in his boss gave him a task to learn how hybrid security works in the stock market and give a lecture on that to a group of his co-workers. This blogger told that he really liked these tactics because he had to become really good at the subject in order to be able to talk about it and that pushed him to …
To sustain growth of I Kinda Like Languages, there needs to be a constant influx of content (especially language courses) into the site. My original idea was that people would help me out with that but while that does happen to some extent, that extent of that is not anywhere near what would be sufficient for it to take off on itself. That’s why I have to guarantee that there will be new content so that the site can grow …
I know Lithuanian. I have been learning some Latvian lately. If somebody asked me “Which one is easier: Lithuanian or Latvian?” I would now answer “Latvian”. Latvian is easier to learn for both English-speakers and speakers of other non-Baltic languages. Here’s why.
A Renaissance person is somebody with a wide-range of interests, talents, skills and knowledge. Alternative terms are a polymath, a Renaissance man/woman or informally a jack of all trades. Let’s discuss what you should know to become one!
Here are the skills and subjects that I believe a Renaissance person should have or be knowledgable in:
Languages: I have once written a post discussing what languages you should know to travel the word freely. I would say you would have to know …
One thing that I have learned by making courses for a lot of different languages was that I can learn them all (a bit). So can you.
When I was little, I thought I would speak several languages as a grown up. I never remember dreaming exactly about knowing a lot of them but I can remember that I was thinking I would later speak Lithuanian, English, German, Russian, French, Spanish… and that would be good to go. At that …
In this post I am going to prove to you that it is a better to learn a bit of many different languages than to learn one or a few languages until fluency if you care about understanding what words are being said in the world in general. There is a lot of statistics written about it but it’s just common sense. Let me illustrate it for you in a way to that you can make sure of it …
There has been a bunch of changes to IKindaLikeLanguages. Here’s what I have done:
Main page redesign and restructrurization:
centered the text layer
made the top menu narrower
added underlining for current pages in the menu
removed the feedback link from the menu
added an about page
replaced the main page with the courses list
added a new logo
added a favicon
improved the readability
Minor changes in the courses page:
rewritten the broad descriptions
added a course count to every broad description
Labs design and functioning:
made the menu narrower and less crowded
improved the …
“What lies behind it?” is one of the main questions that I constantly find myself asking when it comes to learning new things. I think everybody should be asking it too.
This boils down to a whole philosophy there but let’s apply it to languages and specifically to vocabulary learning. Whenever I learn new words, I always want to find out what exactly they mean. Take the Lithuanian word for thanks which is labas. You say it without thinking about it …
Do you think having a perfect accent is possible?
For all practical purposes, I don’t really think so anymore unless a) the sounds in your native language happen to coincide with those in the language you’ve learnt or b) you’ve learnt the new language since childhood.
Let’s take the language that is the most learnt in the world: English. I, for one, haven’t met anybody speak absolutely without an accent. Seriously. I have met a lot of people with I could say …