Weekend Links: February 6

What Any Foreign English Speaker Can Learn from Benicio Del Toro by Robby Kukurs

This post is totally worth reading and immediate action on what you have read. Robby teaches fluent English, but don’t let that confuse you: the advice he gives is fit for any language you may be studying, be it Spanish, Russian, French or any other.

Robby explains that speaking fluently does not mean a lot of what aspiring language learners believe it does: fast speech, no pauses in mid-sentence, search for proper words. He gives exact solutions to problems you may encounter when speaking, which, I repeat, work for any language.

All in all, I believe you have clicked through by now and read Robby’s excellent post. If you haven’t, do it now — I’ll wait here :)

Five Top Tips for Reading in a Foreign Language by David Mansaray

David is a blogger from London writing about himself exploring the world and exercising new approaches to everything — which I like!

David’s challenge for 2011 is dramatically improving his level of Spanish, and currently he is reading books, which is not to easy. In the post he shares some solid tips which, surprisingly, let us have a glance at his motivation for study. Don’t forget to check out the comments, we had a little talk there.

Music and TV for homework? Really? Yes. Sí. Oui. Да. نعم by Susanna Zaraysky

This week is surprisingly generous for excellent posts. This one is from Susanna Zaraysky, who speaks seven languages — self-taught by her own method.

Basically, according to her method, language learning should include a lot of music: singing and learning songs, and a lot of listening on the whole. I won’t explain everything here, so just click through and enjoy Susanna’s own explanation and further instructions.

Coincidentally, a couple of days ago I have read an article “Musical protolanguage: Darwin’s theory of language evolution revisited”, which is a bit long and over-academic, but still extremely interesting — I suggest that you read at least part of it. So, its author discusses Darwin’s theory, that before coherent speech there was music, and human speech is directly related to birds’ singing — how’s that? Don’t deprive yourself of this knowledge and take the time to read the article.

I hope you’ve had a great weekend! Next week, as usual, will be fun, so see you next week!

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