Language Hacking

by Limbic on March 1, 2008

As many of you know, after three years in Serbia,  I finally decided to start learning the Serbian language. I was extremely lucky to find a truly brilliant teacher to help me*.  Additionally, it turns out that the old myth that adults find it very hard to learn languages may be bunk.

I am now interested in the topic of Hacking Foreign Language Learning. I am looking for any tips, tricks and shortcuts one can adopt to speed up language learning.

So far I have found the following resources:

How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour (Plus: A Favor)

A Simple Trick to Turbo Charge Learning a Foreign Language.


I was contacted about Edufire, which looks pretty interesting. It offers live video tutoring in 18 languages (with more being added all the time).

I hear that the Rosetta Stone system is superb (pity there is no Serbian) but a bit expensive for most.

xLingo is a nice idea, you “Find Language Exchange partners from around the world to practice and improve your language skills.”

If anyone has any recommendations, please contact me with your ideas.


* My Serbian teacher’s name is Mira and she is highly experienced and uses the latest teaching techniques (this was confirmed by my girlfriend, who is a linguistics expert and university lecturer). She can be contacted by email: mira22 AT eunet DOT yu .

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