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?”

Materials for Beginning to Learn a New Language

This post is mostly just sharing links to the materials I use when I’m starting out in a new language, all of which are drawn by Angela Thomson, except my bad picture dictionaries. Those are all me! (I am editing this post as coaching clients interact with these materials and tell me what they need,Continue reading “Materials for Beginning to Learn a New Language”