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Donna Tan

Donna Tan is a Cartus Language Network Specialist and has a degree in Political Science and Sociology, focusing on Asian Politics. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin, speaks conversational Spanish and Teochew, and has been learning Korean for five years.

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With the advent of smartphones and mobile apps, it seems that it ought to be easier than ever to learn a new language. A quick search on iTunes or Google Play reveals numerous self-paced language apps that claim any learner can “... speak Spanish in 24 hours” or “... read Japanese in a week.” But is…