Speaking and Writing? Not Unless You Want To!

Language learners want so badly to quantify their progress. I’ve experienced this, and I still do experience it. The pressure is real, and it’s hard to escape in a culture where it’s in vogue to acquire measurable skills that lead to something useful. I’ve got my gripes with this utility-only mentality. People shy away from certain academic… Read More Speaking and Writing? Not Unless You Want To!

Active vs. Passive Listening: How I Use Both to Practice Languages

I wrote about extensive and intensive reading a while ago, and I’ve come to realize that I do something very similar with my listening practice. Listening to your target language is incredibly important. I’ve heard so many language learners talk about how it’s so much easier  to learn how to speak than it is to listen.… Read More Active vs. Passive Listening: How I Use Both to Practice Languages