Language

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Take Language Learning Seriously

A Book Recommendation

For many engaged in cross-cultural service (or preparing for it), language learning is often one of the most daunting tasks. Especially for those of us whose only experience is Spanish or French class in the American educational system, we are wholly unprepared, and most likely don’t even know where to begin.

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Reflections on a US-based Chinese Language Journey (2)

The key question in language learning was answering a simple question: How do I maximize contact time with the language?

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Reflections on a US-based Chinese Language Journey (1)

A life-long language learner shares insights from his journey towards mastering Chinese.

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A Dictionary for Learning Theological Chinese

Mandarin students spend years learning the basics of daily language and only scratch the surface when it comes to spiritual and theological vocabulary. Here's a resource to help.

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Priceless Words

The pitfalls of semantics in cross-linguistic communication.

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Social Distance

Is it "social distance" or "physical distance?" What's the difference and why does it matter to language and culture learners?

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We Live in Different Worlds

How does a student of language enter another culture? It takes more than classroom experience.

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How to Learn a Language, Part 2

How to Work Hard

Working hard is vital to effective language learning—but you have to know how to work hard.

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How to Learn a Language, Part 1

Criteria for Success

What is essential for successful language learning? 

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Language vs. Attitude

If you intend to live and work in China, France, or wherever, check your attitude. With an attitude of acceptance, participation, immersion, you will not only develop meaningful relationships, but language acquisition will be enhanced.