Language Economy, Kylie Style : Making a little go a long way

Kylie Minogue performing in Hamburg, making a little German go a long way!

It’s not all about cramming as much as possible with language learning. Sometimes a little can go a long way. And on a language expedition and pop concert jaunt to Hamburg this week, I was reminded of just that. To… Continue reading

DIY mass sentences technique : self-made repetitions for grammar mastery

A vast array of colourful baubles, as varied as your own mass sentences can be. (Picture from freeimages.com)

I’ve talked about the utility of mass sentences previously, including the vast resources at Tatoeba and Glossika. It can be particularly helpful in drilling language patterns through high exposure to model content and multiple repetitions. However, it’s possible to replicate… Continue reading

Edinburgh Fringe for Language Lovers: Shows for Linguists!

Edinburgh Castle is a stunning backdrop to the Edinburgh Fringe each August

Edinburgh Fringe has filled the streets of Scotland’s capital for another colourful August. There are literally thousands of shows available to see. The sheer number of them means that there is bound to be something of interest to everyone. And that… Continue reading

Berlin, where have you been all my life?

Icon of Berlin, the Fernsehturm, seen from Alexanderplatz

Language learning isn’t finite; it’s a lifelong process, and isn’t meant to have an end. As such, languages never count as ‘finished’ or ‘learnt’, but require upkeep and maintenance. With this in mind, I’ve been planning some exciting mini-trips to… Continue reading