General Language Learning

How To Access Michel Thomas Language Courses For Free!

If you’ve already had a look around my website you will have gathered I absolutely swear by Michel Thomas audio courses to quickly gain a functioning level. The way in which the course logically progresses with vocabulary and sentence structure is ingenious . It’s amazing how fast you can start building your own sentences with this course and how well this information stays in your memory after study. The content is truly useful to real life situations covering all the day to day vocabulary for typical social interactions.

Well it’s recently been drawn to my attention that Michel Thomas Beginner Language courses are now available to Audible  Subscription holders (a great website run by If you don’t have a subscription already you’re still in luck because you can get a free 1 month trial through this link. That’s more than enough time to finish the approx. 9 hours of audio (it will take you much longer than 9 hours to go through the course however). A total saving of around $120 – $135 if you were to buy them outright.

Here are links to the starting positions of each of the following languages:-

French UK US

German UK US

Dutch UK US

Spanish UK US

Italian UK US

Portuguese UK US

JapaneseUK US

Chinese UK US

Arabic UK US

Greek UK US

Polish UK US

Russian UK US

Not only can you can you find Michel Thomas courses, but also beginner Pimsleur courses too which do a great job of teaching you the phonetics of a language and basic vocabulary.



6 Philosophies To Live By When Learning A Language

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Here are my top 6 tips applicable to any point in your language learning journey.

  1. Have a positive attitude towards mistakes - Every time you fail to remember something or don’t understand something at first, embrace it as a chance to learn rather than getting angry with yourself. Frustration will only impede your ability to retain information.
  2. Do something every day - Like the pursuit of most talents in life, you have to make it a part of your daily life and not a part that you dread.I like to think of language learning as a muscle, to keep it strong you have to exercise it regularly, if you get lazy, your hard work will go to waste. Read More

How To Learn A Language Fast And Easily: The 4 Steps To Fluency

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 The unfortunate reality of language learning is that simply following an  audio course or enrolling in an evening class will only help you scratch the surface of a language. The problem for most inexperienced language learners is that they don’t have an effective plan to help them reach fluency.

Perhaps you’ve stumbled upon this page because you haven’t yet figured out how you’re going to tackle this problem.  Maybe it’s the first time you’ve tried to teach yourself a new language… Maybe reaching fluency is taking longer than you expected.

This project is all about taking the quickest route from zero to fluent.

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How Your Dog Can Help You To Learn A Language

Practice Speaking Languages

My language Learning Partner


Every dog owner out there will admit that they talk to their dog(s), even though they know that there is absolutely no chance that  they will ever get a response. We’re not crazy! Dogs make great companions, are great listeners and luckily are incapable of being judgmental.

Perhaps you have guessed what’s coming, but what I am proposing is that you start talking to your dog in the language you are learning. Just because you don’t have another person at hand to practice speaking to, there is no excuse for not practicing your speaking skills.

I am an advocate of speaking the language at every single opportunity and right from the start of your language learning journey. Practicing speaking is the absolute best way of creating those memory pathways in your brain that help you retain information for a long time and be able to recall it quickly at any time (fluency). Before long, you won’t have to stop to think of grammar rules and you will stop fumbling for at least the most common vocabulary.

For a little fun, I even took this further recently by training my dog to sit and beg in Spanish. My dad watching on from the sidelines proclaimed that he, “had never felt more inadequate” because “the dog understood more Spanish than he did”.

But what if I don’t have a dog Oli?

Of course this obviously extends to your other types of pets, I am just decidedly a dog person!

And if you don’t have an animal of any description, I’m still not letting you off the hook. You will always have yourself to talk to.

7 Methods of practicing your speaking skills in your target language without a companion

1. Start thinking in the language. You can do this at any time and in any place. Slow day at work? Sitting on the lavatory (excuse my British)? Mind racing while you’re trying to get off to sleep? They’re just opportunities to practice with your inner monologue.

2. Give yourself a pep-talk in the mirror. Facing obstacles in your life? Nervous about something? Proud of something? Tell yourself something positive in the mirror in your target language.

3. Grab a hairbrush and pretend your’e giving a speech to a room full of native speakers. You’ve just won the Argentinian version of the Oscars, you’ve got 2 minutes to fill with your acceptance speech.. in Spanish. GO!

4. Have pretend conversations, where you take both sides. Envision yourself buying something in a shop for example. Just make sure nobody is within ear-shot, as people might think you’re nuts. I like to do this in the shower.

5. Write down a list of questions on a piece of paper and then answer them. These could be questions about yourself, or something you learned in class or at work. The main thing is that you answer them in as much details as you possibly can.

6. Make a Youtube video. Vlog about anything that interests you. Perhaps you could emulate your favorite Youtuber whilst speaking another language or just show your family and friends what you’ve learned recently. To help you improve your writing you could start blogging, writing on forums or social networking, but the problem with writing is that without time-constraint and urgency, it’s not going to improve your fluency so much. 

7. Open a book in your own language and start verbally translating it on-the-fly. Ok, so it’s not your own ideas, but it is still forcing you to use grammar and vocabulary on the spot, it will all help to turn you into that smooth-talking language-adept machine!

It doesn’t matter if you find it difficult at first, it’s the same for everyone. With time and effort,  the grammar and vocab will start flowing out of your mouth naturally just as it does with your native language.

If you have any thoughts on this or anything to add then let me know in the comments section below!


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