Category Archives: Speaking & Listening

How important is pronunciation?

How important is pronunciation

You’ve been repeating a phrase over and over again but you still can’t seem to say it like the native speaker on the recording. How big of a problem is this and how much more time should you devote to getting it right? There’s a big debate in language learning over whether or not a […]

Picking up a phrase book

Picking up a phrasebook

Everyone knows it’s important to master vocabulary and grammar, but what about learning phrases? In applied linguistics phrases come under the umbrella of formulaic language which describes fixed sets of words that native speakers use in everyday communication. Greetings, expressions of thanks and polite remarks tend to be in this form– which is why learning […]