Staying Accountable as a Lone Language Learner

You can still be accountable even as a lone ranger. Photo by Mario Alberto Magallanes Trejo on FreeImages.com.

How do¬†you stay accountable in your solo language learning? I know I sometimes find it difficult as an individual learner. It’s an important consideration for anyone studying on their own. But there’s a clue: one answer is to aim for… Continue reading

Impostor syndrome? Prescribe yourself some polyglot community!

Impostor syndrome can leave you feeling exposed and anxious. (Picture from freeimages.com)

This week, I’m blogging from the grand hall of the Union Hotel in Ljubljana, Slovenia, as an excitable, kid-in-a-candy-store, first-time attendee of the annual Polyglot Conference. As expected, it’s been a bit of a language wonderland. I’ve been stuffed full… 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

Teaching to learn: boost your studies by helping others

A classroom ready for teaching

The idea of learning through teaching is nothing new. We find the idea in an old Latin proverb, docendo discimus (by teaching, we learn), possibly handed down to us from Seneca the Younger. The premise is simple: being able to… Continue reading