• Language,  Vocabulary

    How Much Vocabulary to Study?

    If you’ve decided to learn a new language, you will eventually face the inevitable: Vocabulary memorization. But the question often arises, “How many words should I study in a day?” That’s a great question, and it’s different for everyone. Recently I posed that very question on a language learning forum and received some interesting responses. Here is a brief summary of what people said (keep in mind, this is small scale research and everyone is unique): The least number of vocabulary studied per day was reported as at least 2 words. The greatest number of vocabulary studied per day was reported as 50 words. The mean (average) reported vocabulary words…

  • Business,  Language

    Language and Business

    For some reason I love hearing about language blunders. For example… For those learning a foreign language these blunders are common and, with the right attitude, can add flavor to the language learning process. In the business world, these blunders are even more poignant because international businesses “should know better,” right? One which I particularly enjoy is the case of General Motors trying to sell the Chevy Nova in Puerto Rico. In Spanish, “no va” means “it doesn’t go,” which becomes a big problem when trying to sell a car. The Sunbeam Corporation provides another instance of a language blunder, which occurred when trying to sell the “Mist-Stick” in Germany.…