Not Quite Fluent

Happy birthday, NQF! This year in review

It’s officially been a whole year since I first bought this domain and dove into blogging! Woohoo! It’s been a long year with some inconsistent scheduling, but all in all I’ve had a lot more success than I ever anticipated. I gotten to do interviews and guest posts with some of my favorite polyglots and…

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You say potato, I say…freezer? Mastering Spanish accents

Here’s the thing about language: no one speaks it exactly the same way. In the case of all the countries in South and Central America, those differences in speech can result in dramatically different, sometimes offensive interpretations. Recently I got the chance to meet and talk with a few other Spanish speakers. One was a…

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My fav YouTube channels for language

To practice listening and learn about culture, all you need is wifi. YouTube is the best tool out there for getting to grips with some authentic material, and it is a fun way to do it! Here’s a compilation of some of my favorite channels if you’re looking to learn Spanish, Chinese, or advanced English….

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QUIZ: find your polyglot “spirit animal”

According to Urban Dictionary, saying someone is your spirit animal means that that “person or thing is a representation of you or what you want to be.” In other words, a role model. I’ve put together a quiz to help you figure out which of my five favorite language bloggers and vloggers you should be…

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Learning through song made easy

The reason I started learning Italian was because of how much I loved the band “Dear Jack”, but little did I know that it would shape how I learned my third language. Here’s the four phases I used to hone my listening and speaking skills through song. […] ​ Stage One: Binge Listen I gathered…

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Are polyglots more likely to be insomniacs?

Apparently, yes. A couple weeks ago I sent out a Facebook survey to see what the demographics of the polyglot community are… and I got some rather cool results! Here is an infographic with the results of the survey.

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Circumlocution: the essential word you’ve never heard

I’m fortunate to be good at memorizing vocab, but for a lot of people, it’s a struggle. Getting to native like fluency requires thousands and thousands of words that you may not ever need to use. Honing this one awesome trick will help you get there faster… read on! Circumlocution is the art of expressing…

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Language-hack your back to school list

I happen to be an office-supply fanatic. I love them. And right now, when all the back to school stuff is on sale, I have to practice some serious self-control not to snatch up every Mead notebook I can find. These things, however, are an exception to my rules—I can’t go without them. Read on…

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Why vacation counts as study time

Everyone is always talking about immersion, but let’s be honest—not many of us can just hop on the next flight to Uruguay to practice our Spanish. Luckily for me, I’ve gotten to take two trips this year to different international cities, and I realized that it doesn’t even matter where you go–vacation is a secret weapon…

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