Finding a Language Retreat : Peace and Quiet to Reset Your Learning

The coastline of Banff, Aberdeenshire

Do you have a retreat? A place to escape to, just you and your books? Maybe you have a few places that earn that title. I’ve spent a bit of time at one of mine this week. And it has… Continue reading

Shy Polyglot : Oxymoron, or the Perfect Blend?

Shrinking violet? You are not alone as a shy linguist! Image from freeimages.com

A shy polyglot – that should be an oxymoron, right? All those languages, and too much of a shrinking violet to speak them? Well, the more linguists I meet, the more I realise that it is a hugely common experience.… Continue reading

Am I Good Enough? Maintaining confidence in an Internet age 👊🏻

Poppy Field - it's hard to find the confidence to stand out in a field full of blossoming blooms!

Confidence is key to speaking and using languages. But in an age of Internet superheroes to measure up to, it can be hard to keep it. The Internet has been a godsend for language learners. Not only are millions of… Continue reading

Just chill! Anxiety busting tips for practical language use

A man lying on the grass - a great anxiety buster!

French was never my forte. Still, I recently had the opportunity to use my French again after years of neglect. I’ve long jibed about my French being rubbish, basic and broken. Doing my French down has become a running joke… Continue reading

Context has your back: Why it’s OK not to understand everything

Context can help language learners in familiar situations abroad, like the coffee shop

I have a confession to make. I failed miserably in my foreign language last weekend. But it was still fine. Context had my back! Before you feel sorry for me, it’s not as bad as it sounds. We fail in our native… Continue reading