How polyglot brains handle cross-language interference

Meta-learning - know your brain (Image from freeimages.com)

Paranoid polyglots beware. After years of brushing off comments like “don’t you ever get mixed up with all those languages?“, it happened to me recently: I noticed a significant interference from one language to another. The pernicious pair of languages… Continue reading

I Get So Emotional, Bébé : Using Positive Emotion to Improve Vocabulary Recall

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That positive emotion enhances learning seems intuitive to us. How much more do we learn feeling motivated and wired, compared to those times we try to cram when feeling flat and uninspired? Unsurprisingly, there is a heap of research that… Continue reading

Language Superhero: Why languages belong in every self-improvement regime

Going for gold - the goal of self-improvement. And language learning should be a big part of that. (Image from freeimages.com)

Self-improvement. Doesn’t the mere sound of that phrase get you motivated? As a kid, I was obsessed with it, this magical idea that you could train yourself to be better and better, turn yourself into something special – something more than… Continue reading

Five ways to avoid language learner burnout

Let your language love burn brightly, but avoid burnout!

Make no mistake – language learning can be challenging. As language lovers, this effort is usually fun and rewarding, but now and again, it can all seem like very hard work. Keeping up this level of mental exertion without respite… Continue reading

Preparing for the unpredictable – developing flexible language thinking

Real-life language can be unpredictable, like this tangle of colourful liquorice sweeties!

We’ve all been there. You’ve learnt the tenses. Have the vocab down pat. You have a head full of model questions and answers. You are totally ready for to be unleashed onto the target language streets. But – agh – what was that… Continue reading