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My proven quick-start guide to learn any foreign language

Stefano Lodola

By STEFANO LODOLA

In this blog, I’m going to share with you what I actually do to learn foreign languages. I put popular tools and personal tips together into a complete language workout for your brain.

This is not a generic guide: I only recommend methods and materials that I actually use myself and that I find useful. This treasure of life experience will make you want to pick up again that language you dropped long ago, this time saving yourself years of ineffective studies.

Find more tips on my on-demand webinar “Fluent. Simple.” After this quick-start guide, you’ll know exactly what to do from now on to learn a foreign language effectively.

Study Methods

I’ll share with you some of the most effective tips and strategies for learning a foreign language covering the four major aspects of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

2018/09/29

Language Immersion: Swim in a Native Environment, don't Drown

Language immersion is not just being passively surrounded by the language. It’s doing all the things you normally do in your own language, only through another language.

2018/09/29

How to Improve your Writing Skills in a Foreign Language

Improve your writing skills in a foreign language by writing about anything that keeps you motivated, with the help of a couple of free websites.

2018/09/08

4 Simple mnemonics to learn foreign words​

In order to learn foreign words, you need to associate them to mental imagery based on the principles of exaggeration, movement, unusual association, and emotional involvement.

2018/09/01

Language self-study books: how to pick a decent one

When you think about studying a foreign language, you probably come up with a textbook. Here's how to pick a good language self-study book.

2018/08/25

Speaking practice redefined: why you should talk to yourself​

In order to practice speaking even without a teacher or a conversation partner, turn virtually any study time into speaking practice.

Learning Resources

I’ll recommend you products for self-learning foreign languages. You’ll find both paid and free study resources without discrimination.

2018/09/22

Learn a Language Online: Where and How to Take Lessons on Skype

You can learn a language online, taking lessons on Skype, without ever visiting any country where those languages are spoken.

2018/09/15

All Language Resources: Honest Language Learning Product Reviews

There’s plenty of language learning resources out there. But where to find honest product reviews in the age of influencer marketing?

Linguistics

The scientific study of language and its structure, including the study of grammar, syntax, and phonetics. Specific branches of linguistics include sociolinguistics, dialectology, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, comparative linguistics, and structural linguistics.

2018/10/27

Master a Foreign Language by Writing: 4 Ideas for Writing with a Purpose

Written drills don't improve communication skills. Creative writing does. To master a foreign language, shift the focus of writing from accuracy to creating contents and communicating them.

2018/10/20

Communication Skills in a Foreign Language: Achieve Fluency by Solving Tasks

Communication is not just speaking. To improve communication skills in a foreign language, shift the focus of teaching from the language itself to actually doing things in that language.

2018/10/13

Language Learning for Effective Communication: Learn languages, not about Languages

Language learning is an artificial exercise that occupies time, money, and effort that could be better spent in doing language acquisition.

Working with Languages

The scientific study of language and its structure, including the study of grammar, syntax, and phonetics. Specific branches of linguistics include sociolinguistics, dialectology, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, comparative linguistics, and structural linguistics.

2018/11/10

The Most Valuable Second Languages to Land a Job

Remember when your high school teachers told you that “you’ll need this information later in life”? Well as it turns out, they were right. Maybe not your calculus teacher. But your language teacher was on to something. The advantages in the workplace of knowing more than one language are astounding!

Fancy Fillers

I always write my articles myself. However, I got an offer from a writing company that I couldn’t refuse: one article for 1$. I publish them for a laugh. And in a way, they’re relevant to language learning anyway.
 
By the way, I find that the articles of many language blogs are just a polished version of them…

2018/11/03

Learning Languages Fast: Here's What I Know About It

Learning languages fast is the keyword here. Everything else is boredom. The very best thing you can do in order to learn a language is to integrate it in your life wherever possible.

Stefano Lodola lecturing about learning languages

Do you want a complete guide on how to learn a foreign language?

The pictures shown in this article are slides taken from my on-demand course on Udemy “Fluent. Simple. My proven quick-start guide to learn any foreign language”. There I share what I actually do to learn foreign languages, in the form of a presentation based on contents that I usually show in polyglot clubs.

After this quick-start guide, you’ll know exactly what to do from day one. I put popular tools and personal tips together into a complete language workout for your brain. These tools can be used to learn a language in the spare time that you have each day and can be applied without going abroad.

This is not a generic guide: I only recommend methods and materials that I actually use myself and find useful. This treasure of life experience will spare you years of ineffective studies.

The course includes:

  • My experience as a language learner
  • Links to select learning resources
  • Study methods and tips
  • Advice to draft your study plan

To make sure that you’ll actually put that into practice, the course comes with the option to book a 30-minute consultation on Skype (not included in the course enrollment fee). We’ll discuss your study plan and I’ll answer any questions that you may have.

Click here to read the course program and watch the free preview.

Take it today and become a language learning machine!

Online Italian Lessons

Meet your language coach

As a language learner, I was raised speaking only Italian, but now I speak nine foreign languages.

As a teacher, I’ve taught Italian to adults in language schools and universities.

I’ve lectured in polyglot clubs and coached students on their way to fluency.

I’m eager to share my secrets with you.

 

Stefano Lodola

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Rating from students
Absolutely wonderful! So excited to start my lesson plan.
Italian language student
Victoria Kelly
USA
Stefano's Language coaching was an excellent use of my time, Stefano helped me to understand what programs and resources he has found most useful in acquiring new languages. I feel more focused and confident and am working on my self-study program now. Thank you, Stefano!
Italian language student
Neal C
UK
My lesson with Stefano was engaging and gave me a better idea of how i should approach my language studies in the future. I thank him greatly and I hope to implement these new methods into my everyday life. He is very knowledgeable and will explain any questions one may have in great detail. Definitely recommended to those who are interested in starting a new language or improving their method of study.
Italian language student
Ayrton vidović
Croatia

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