How I grew to love 3 hour church services!

This is easy. Get permission from the leaders, then make a quick recording of the music in the service every week. Go home, get a friend to help you understand the words as much as possible, at least the gist of the song. Listen to and sing along with the recording. Repeat as you hearContinue reading “How I grew to love 3 hour church services!”

The worst question to ask someone about their language!

You’re talking to someone in your new language. You hear a word you don’t understand. You get the person to explain it to you. The meaning sounds a lot like another word you know in the language. Temptation strikes. You ask, “What’s the difference between these two words?” NOOOOOOOOOOOO! Why is this the worst questionContinue reading “The worst question to ask someone about their language!”

3 of My Favorite Books This Year–Have You Read Any of These?

Several years ago, my ministry shifted radically from service in Benin, West Africa to equipping missionaries all over the world. Life was changing fast, full of new challenges, and often a jumble of exhilaration, sleepless nights, and a lot of prayer! One thing that God has used to equip and anchor me through this seasonContinue reading “3 of My Favorite Books This Year–Have You Read Any of These?”

How do I start learning a new language?

A colleague just emailed me this question I was intrigued with your confidence that one could train one’s ear to distinguish sounds and that would give a boost to enabling language development.  (Maybe you did not say that at all, but that is more or less what I heard…) So, how is it again thatContinue reading “How do I start learning a new language?”

How to plan for working with your language parent-beginning phase

A good plan for learning a language is a plan that changes over time. The games you play in the beginning are not as powerful for you later, and the games you can play later are way over your head in the beginning. To be honest, I’ve been using the plans that Greg and AngelaContinue reading “How to plan for working with your language parent-beginning phase”

How do you get people to teach you this way?

People ask me this all the time! I’m going to answer about finding language parents for  the beginning phase here, because it’s the trickiest bit. The most important thing is to find the right kind of person. And, that’s probably not someone who has the title “teacher,” or “tutor.” (I am writing this as aContinue reading “How do you get people to teach you this way?”