Posted on | March 6, 2014 | No Comments
I have recently created a simple browser-based synchronized audio-text reader for language learning purposes. I have checked out some other synchronized audio-text readers available on the web, but none of them seems to have sentence-level synchronization and at the same time support multiple translations. Out of frustration, I wrote my own.
Posted on | January 25, 2014 | No Comments
In the past few months, I had the chance to organize tutoring sessions for some French Immersion students, and had been contacting and interviewing a lot of French tutors. I was amazed to learn how expensive many of these tutors were charging.
Posted on | January 20, 2014 | No Comments
A new year has begun (and half a month is already gone). This year, I have made a resolution to simply speak more. For one thing, I am going to do more conversations with online tutors. I also think it would be a good idea to write a mini-summary after each conversation, if possible. So here comes my fifth Russian conversion with a tutor, the first one in the year 2014.
Posted on | January 10, 2014 | No Comments
“Today, we went through some R blend words”, reported the English tutor. “Do you know what R blends are?”. I replied “No”.
Posted on | December 21, 2013 | No Comments
Russians are known not to smile much. In particular, they do not smile at strangers or people who are not close to them. They consider this as impolite.
Posted on | December 10, 2013 | 1 Comment
Yesterday, I came across a post in one of the language learning forums. Someone asked for advice on improving his Russian accent. Despite clearly stating that he had been trying for a long time to listen and repeat but did not improve a lot, he was advised by a few others to keep listening and practicing.
Posted on | November 30, 2013 | 1 Comment
(Based on a true story)
A Canadian-born Chinese girl appealed to her mother: “Mom, I don’t want to learn Chinese.”
Posted on | July 25, 2013 | 4 Comments
“It is a wonderful system. Kids love it! Not a single word of English from day one. You cannot imagine how fast they can progress. Kids are already reading materials that are 2 levels above them. There is a grade 6 student who did her research work, completely in French. All parents are happy. The schools are already replacing their core French programs with AIM”.
Posted on | July 21, 2013 | 3 Comments
Another 7 months have passed since my last post. Time flies. Last few months have been really life-changing to me and my wife. We have opened a school.
Posted on | December 22, 2012 | 6 Comments
Is there a best way to learn languages? This has been the ultimate question discussed endlessly on the Internet. Even though the Internet polyglots, when “hanging out” together, would tell us there is no best way, in their own blogs and YouTube channels, they would share what they think is the best way. So is there a best way or not? I believe there is.keep looking »