Why Social Self-esteem Makes Us Feel Good – and How to Get it in a Foreign Country

We humans are social animals. If you have high status within your social group (your tribe), you generally feel better, even your health, and for man your can try the Mens Journal products. Youíll enjoy all kinds of privileges that those lower on the social ladder can only dream of. …

Dictation for Language Learning: Introducing Scribe

Hi Yabla Subscribers, have you played Scribe yet? Look at what the Internet TESL Journal (Teachers of English as a Second Language) say about dictation as a language learning tool:  “Dictation helps to develop short-term memory. Students practice retaining meaningful phrases or whole sentences before writing them down. Dictation can …

Building Your Vocabulary – No Pain, No Gain

Many years ago, on my first trip to Venezuela, in particular the little seaside town of Adícora — I was talking with the local baker. I use the word “talking” loosely because I really knew very little Spanish. Luckily for me he spoke little English, and nothing builds language skills …

I Studied French For Years But Struggled to Be Understood in France

I took French classes for several years before moving to Paris for a French Language program at the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. However, after I received the results from my placement test I was was really disappointed. I tested in just above a novice level! I was …

Is One Language Ever Really Enough?

With more than 350 languages spoken in the United States, many children grow up speaking two different languages. Children raised learning dual languages face unique challenges, but they likewise benefit from certain special advantages, ones that far outweigh the disadvantages of learning more than one language. Disadvantages Let’s analyze some …

Language Learning Tip: Start Small

Starting from scratch. Back to the basics. Square one. When learning a new trade or skill, including adopting a foreign language, the beginning will always be the most difficult part of any learning process. When we first spoke our native language, we had to begin with small goals, the building …

L’Chaim! How to Toast in 15 Languages

Out of all customs and traditions we’ve nurtured over the centuries as humans, making a toast before drinking alcohol is one of the oldest. It’s origins date back to pre-history, so we’re still not entirely sure how it came to be. It’s worth noting, however, that the pervasive idea that …

Language Learning Must: Shameless Speaking

Overcoming your initial fear Overcoming Your Initial Fear Will Lead to Consistent Gains When you’re just starting out of sounding silly, weird, or plain old wrong can be challenging, but once you get past that first hurdle, you open up a path to increased confidence and regular improvement. We have …