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Why I speak Russian and how it will change your life!

I’ve spent many years learning Russian. It wasn’t such an easy experience. I made a lot of mistakes and invested a significant amount of time and money. But now I am reaping the fruits of my linguistic labor. In video 1 below, I explain the impact it’s had on my life.   And now in …

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Do you need local languages to travel successfully in Eastern Europe?

Traveling around ‘Eastern Europe’ is one of my passions as is learning languages. When I travel across this region I normally use Russian as it’s the most useful lingua franca for communication. Now that may surprise many readers, especially those who are used to speaking in English no matter where they travel. For historical and …

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How to overcome locals replying in English when traveling as a native English-speaker

Being an English native speaker has huge advantages when traveling as it is often the international language most widely spoken at your holiday destination. However, as an avid language learner, the ubiquity of English can cause serious problems for you as you travel if you are learning the local languages. You spend hours back home …

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How to Learn a new Language in 1 month without Studying

Guest Post by Jan van der Aa As you read this title you might be thinking, is it really possible to learn a language in one month for a normal person? “Without studying?” What does that mean? My interpretation of “studying” is learning from grammar books, learning wordlists and taking classes. Those are often things …

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