Language Lessons from a Song [Eurovision 1993 : Cyprus]

Eurovision Cyprus 1993 - the song Μη σταματάς

Bravo, inventor of the three-minute, throwaway pop song. Not only does it provide a little well-needed escapist entertainment, but it also doubles as a fantastic little language learning tool. I’m far from the first language learning aficionado to use music… Continue reading

Finnish in seven days? Express language projects and learning how to learn

Finnish in Finland : the Lutheran Cathedral in Helsinki

How much of a new foreign language can we learn in just seven days? It’s a tempting question that captures our imagination and challenges our mettle as polyglots. And it’s one I set out to answer with Finnish, as I… Continue reading

Next stop: Hebrew? Thanks again, Eurovision!

Sunset in Israel, winner of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest

As a Eurovision-obsessed kid, I’d often let the contest dictate what language I’d learn next. Whether it was the languages of my favourite countries (Norway, Iceland, Poland) or the language of the winning country I’d travel to the following year… Continue reading

Living the language learning dream

Melodi Grand Prix 2018

I’ve written recently about learning a language through your interests. By binding your life’s passions with your learning goals, something special ignites. Living the dream as a language learner is all about throwing everything into it, about living life to the… Continue reading

Add some Eurovision sparkle to your language learning!

Eurovision 2017 Logo

The Eurovision Song Contest may be over for 2017 (congratulations, first-time winner Portugal!), but it can still be a sparkling, magical resource for teaching and learning modern foreign languages. Eurovision and languages have gone hand-in-hand for me since my early days… Continue reading