Talking to Myself: Can You Be Your Own Language Partner?

I’m listening to Hamasaki Ayumi and wondering why it’s not socially acceptable to speak to yourself. Who is it weird for? People who aren’t in on your kickass conversation? People who don’t get all your inside jokes? Who? I only say this because, as someone who has been relatively shy and not quite so keen to speak a different language in front of other people, I’m used to having quick convos with myself – nothing too substantial, I promise – in the language I’m learning. I can admit that I’ve…

Listen and Learn: How to Learn Through Music

Learning anything from scratch can be incredibly daunting, and learning a new language is even more so. There’s a difference between casually trolling through Wikipedia, reading every article on the mass marketing of chocolate, and proclaiming yourself a pro in the field. This is a language, a whole other mode of communication. This is different than impressing your friends with vagrant knowledge of cocoa beans. This is impressing your friends with vagrant knowledge of cocoa beans in Spanish. Or, you know, whatever you decide to pick up. For a complete…