“The Wrong and Right Way to Learn a Foreign Language”

“There is a Wrong Way and a Right Way to Learn a Foreign Language” In 2012, the Washington Post published an article titled “The wrong and right way to learn a foreign language”, written by Stephen Krashen, the prominent linguist and educator. In the article he took issue with some recent advice by a State Department staffer.… Continue reading “The Wrong and Right Way to Learn a Foreign Language”

Learn Spanish and Give Your Brain a ‘Potent Workout’

Becoming fluent in Spanish could help slow down some effects of aging As a recent article in Science News makes clear, knowing and even learning a second language improves brain functioning and may protect our aging brains. Of course, I am happy enough already that my efforts to become fluent in Spanish are paying off – both in my… Continue reading Learn Spanish and Give Your Brain a ‘Potent Workout’

Learn Spanish with Songs

One of the easiest and most engaging ways to improve your Spanish is listen to and sing songs.  When you learn Spanish with songs it can help you in these ways: Repeatedly listening to a song accomplishes the important step of repetition. There is research that points to the positive role song plays in language learning… Continue reading Learn Spanish with Songs

Become Fluent in Spanish and 3 More Languages? It’s Not About Effort

My wife’s cousin Anna, from Mexico, married a Dutchman, Ruudek (Ruud) and they now live in West Africa with their two children Elea and Ulysse. The children, ages 5 (Ulysse) and 9 (Elea) both speak 4 languages fluently: French, English, Spanish and Dutch.  They even speak a smattering of an African language.  Both children learned Spanish and… Continue reading Become Fluent in Spanish and 3 More Languages? It’s Not About Effort

Acquire Spanish While You Enjoy a Good Television Drama

I recently started watching the television drama from Spain called Gran Hotel and, I have to say, I’m hooked. The series, filmed over the last 3 years, consists of 39 episodes and takes place in Spain at the beginning of the 20th century. It’s reminiscent of Downton Abbey and is an interesting mix of drama, mystery,… Continue reading Acquire Spanish While You Enjoy a Good Television Drama