• Pimsleur Approach Reviews & Pimsleur Unlimited Teardown

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    Pimsleur Unlimited appears to be the evolution of the Pimsleur Approach, but can it hold up to the standards of today’s educational software? When I first encountered the Pimsleur Approach, it was when I first started learning Mandarin Chinese after my Sophomore year of college, in 2007. I had the mp3s on my iPod, which […]

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  • The Hidden Danger of Dictionary Definitions When Studying

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    Your daily study schedule could be hurting your learning. On the path the expertise, the brain’s primary job is to discover shortcuts. These shortcuts are actually what makes experts better at a skill, but the brain will create them lazily. If you’re not careful, these shortcuts will prevent you from being able to transfer the […]

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  • Kick-Start Your Learning

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    As I prepared to learn to become musical in just one year, I needed to figure out where to start. Here’s the inside look at how to go about the very first stages of learning any new skill. Without a doubt, preparation is the most important part of learning anything. Diving straight into doing is like putting […]

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  • Educational Websites: List of Free Online Courses

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    Are you an autodidact (do you love teaching yourself new things)? Or are you just looking to pick up a new skill? The following websites can help you learn just about anything. They are in no particular order. I’ve tried to list prices, course style, and available courses where applicable. Please chime in with any new […]

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  • Can you Learn a Language with Just Duolingo? (Review of the Best Language Learning Software)

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    Check out my next steps for learning a language after beating Duolingo for the best way to continue your learning, or learn how to create the perfect practice plan if you’re just getting started. This post contains a Duolingo review, including a video (below) and there are more language learning resources at the end. I had previously used the Duolingo game […]

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  • Beating Duolingo: The Best Language Learning Software

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    Check out my next steps for learning a language after beating Duolingo for the best way to continue your learning, or learn how to create the perfect practice plan if you’re just getting started. This post is one of my many reviews of educational software, and there are more language learning resources at the end. When I first found Duolingo […]

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  • The Case for Chinese: the Legos of Languages

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    I enjoy explaining to others just what it is that makes me enjoy learning and speaking Mandarin Chinese so much, as it is a language which is poorly understood. Shrouded in mystery in the west, we’re likely to see it employed as a “mystical” tattoo instead of as a communicative tool.    Love learning languages? […]

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  • Research: Can We Learn Digitially?

    Nobody wants digital learning techniques (software, games etc.) to succeed more than me. I was formally trained in computer science and video game design, and readers of the blog know that neuroscience, human learning and foreign languages are all amongst my primary interests. I’ve even created a few iPhone apps aimed at helping students of […]

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