Duolingo's New Chatbot Feature

Duolingo has a new Chat Bot feature so you can practice your conversational skills without the pressure of talking with a live person.

This new feature has lots of things that I'm excited about, and one big thing that has me really disappointed.

Screenshot of Duolingo Bots
Practice your conversation skills with new Duolingo Bots.

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Monthly Status Report - June 2015

It's been a busy couple of months. I can't believe I haven't blogged since April.

Even though I haven't been writing about language learning, doesn't mean I haven't been learning languages.

It's my brand new site: frenchquiz.ninja.
Hey everyone, I've got a brand new site. Read about it at the bottom of today's post.

Here's what I've been up to since I last wrote.

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Announcing the Lao T-Shirt Experiment

I don't think I've ever been so excited about a new t-shirt.

It's awesome.

My new favorite Lao shirt!
Look at my new favorite shirt!

So I have a sister named Cami. She is one of my three favorite sisters. She's one of those creative types that does vinyl lettering on walls and silk screening on t-shirts. A few weeks ago I asked her to make me a shirt with some Lao writing on it.

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How To Avoid Language Learning Burnout

For many people, one of the hardest things about learning a new language is keeping with it. You get excited about learning a new language. You buy yourself The Complete Idiots Guide to Learning Spanish. You read for a couple days, and then you quit.

language burnout
I'm not sleeping. I'm trying to absorb verb tables through osmosis.

Here's some of the best advice I've ever heard about being a consistent language learner: You should do something every day that will make sure you engage in learning a language tomorrow.

I wish I could take credit for that one piece of advice. (I also wish I remembered who said it in the first place, so I could give them credit.)

So naturally, there are some good things you can do today that will make it more likely that you study tomorrow, and there are some bad things you want to avoid that will keep you from learning a language tomorrow.

In today's post, I'm going to focus on one of those bad things: language learning burnout.

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5 Tips on Overcoming Language Learning Plateaus

Ah, the plateau. It's that spot in your language learning adventure where you feel you've made some progress, and then you stop progressing. You feel stuck. This is the point where lots of people feel like they want to give up.

Learning that new language was fun for a while, but now you feel like your at the same level you were a few weeks ago, despite the fact you've put in lots of effort.

Looking smart with my SMART goals.
Notice I'm not on the plateau? That's because I followed my own advice.

Been there. Done that. (I think most of us have.) Here's a few things I've learned about how to overcome those learning plateaus and how to reach new heights.

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