Learning languages is about the journey, not the destination. And I’m here to help you have the most enjoyable language journey possible. (And to get results, too, of course!)
My language posts range in topic from general advice to language-specific grammar. And – for all the language and trivia nerds out there – the “Language Tidbits” section shares bite-sized information about fun proverbs, etymologies, and more.
Before we dive further into the content, let’s get some details out of the way. Who am I, and why am I qualified to teach you anything about language?
(If you don’t care about my background, jump straight down to my post guide!)
Livia’s Language Qualifications
I am a . . .
- PhD student in Classical Philology at Harvard (look me up under my real name, Rebecca Deitsch)
- self-proclaimed language nerd (for 16 years and counting)
In addition to studying numerous languages on my own, I have . . .
- taught courses in Latin and Ancient Greek at Harvard
- tutored Spanish at the University of Dallas and for the homeschooling community
- designed Latin, Spanish, and German syllabi for my homeschooled younger siblings
- taken university-level courses in 9 languages (Akkadian, Ancient Greek, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Old English, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Sumerian)
- participated in language intensives in three countries (US, Poland, and Russia)
So let’s just say that I have A LOT of experience with languages, language teaching, and language learning strategies. And my goal is to share all of that with you on this blog. Learning a new language is one of the very best ways of exploring the world, and whether you plan to travel or not, it is 100% worth it.
So, let’s dive right in. Whatever stage you are at in your language journey, I have something for you.
Language Learning Tips
Total newbie? Trying to decide what language to learn? Here’s the perfect post for you:
If you are struggling with vocabulary memorization, my advice on flashcards will be a game-changer:
And finally, listening comprehension is a crucial part of your language journey. Even if you are quite advanced, this post on listening strategies will help you out!
Welcome, Latin learners! Is this your first time learning an inflected language? If so, you will want to make sure you understand declensions and conjugations.
Once you have the basic terminology down, it’s time to start grappling with the noun system in earnest. You will find the following introductory posts useful:
- How To Find The Declension of Any Latin Noun
- How To Find The Stem of Any Latin Noun (Easily!)
- Guide To Determining Latin Noun Gender
- The Ultimate Guide To The Nominative Case
- The Ultimate Guide To The Vocative Case
- The Genitive Case: The Ultimate Guide
These posts may help you wrap your head around some tough verbal concepts:
- How To Find The Conjugation of Any Latin Verb
- The Ultimate Guide To Latin Verb Principal Parts
- Latin Deponent Verbs: What You Need To Know
And, before you go off into the wonderful world of Latin learning, read my post on macrons. Trust me, macrons are your friend.
And don’t forget to join my Latin club! You’ll receive emails about all my new Latin posts and exclusive study aids (for subscribers only!). Join below!
Welcome, Spanish learners! This section of the site is still under development. More posts are coming in the future. But for now you can read about Spanish listening comprehension.
Language Tidbits is a popular section of the site. Here you can read about amusing proverbs and idioms, strange etymologies, and interesting cultural contexts. Most of my tidbits relate to Russian and Polish, but there are some other languages sprinkled in.
Start off with the following tidbits: