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How A Growth Mindset Can Help You Learn A Language and How To Develop One… — World Linguistics

I recently came back from my week at the summer school, where I taught English, and one thing I taught my students relates to mindsets. I explained the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset, and how the latter helps with language learning. I just saw this post written by the people over at World Linguistics which explains really well how a growth mindset can be used to learn a language, please check it out!

Have you ever wanted to learn a language but have gotten frustrated while learning it because it seemed so daunting? If so, you’re not alone. If you are struggling in a language class or if you are just struggling to teach yourself, I have news for you. It isn’t impossible! It actually is possible, and […]

How A Growth Mindset Can Help You Learn A Language and How To Develop One… — World Linguistics

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My first experience teaching English: Part 0

I’m taking a bit of a break from writing about translation to write about something I’m very excited to be doing: teaching! I’ve gotten a job at a summer school teaching English to middle and high school students that need some extra guidance. I’ve been a private tutor in English (among other subjects) for over five years now, but I’ve never taught in front of a classroom, and I’m stoked to finally have the chance (even if it’s only a class of seven students)!

The company I work for has arranged a nice AirBnB for me near the school I’ll be teaching at, and there’s some Eastern-style artwork on the walls, it’s like they knew someone with a degree in Japanese Studies was going to stay here! There’s a beautiful park nearby as well, and I’m listening to a frog serenade as I’m writing this.

There’s not much to write about now, but I’ll be writing updates occasionally during the four days I’ll be teaching at this particular school. I start tomorrow morning, and I have to prepare an introduction to give to the students, but I’m not quite sure what to say yet. I’m sure I’ll figure that out!

I’m hoping to share the first update on Tuesday, so check back then!

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Introduction

So, it’s a bit weird to do an introduction as the fourth post on a blog instead of the first, but that’s where we’re at, since I completely forgot to write an introduction when I started this blog and went straight for the interesting stuff. Well, better late than never.

My name’s Rick, and I write about translation, language learning, and linguistics. I recently graduated with a BA degree in Japan Studies, and am preparing for a MA degree in translation. I’ve always been interested in languages and linguistics, and spent hours as a teen looking through Omniglot, just reading random pages. I love learning about languages, as well as teaching them. I’m a tutor for English to middle and high school students, and gave a workshop on basic Japanese at my old high school a few years ago.

My main interest in translation is the theory behind it. Actually translating is a lot of fun, but I love analyzing translations and translation theories even more. On this blog, I will be mainly writing about topics I’ve come across while translating or studying, as well as my thought process behind these topics.

As for my language goals: I hope to one day speak ten languages, and I’m hoping to achieve five languages within the next three years. I currently speak Dutch and English, am pretty good (but not fluent) in Japanese and German, and have just picked up Hindi again after taking a semester of it in uni and then forgetting about it for two years.

I’m always open to talk about translation and languages, so feel free to leave comments and ask questions, I’ll be happy to respond! Finally, I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it.