We’re going on a resource hunt! Finding language learning freebies on educational sites

A bear hunting resources. Probably not language learning ones, though. From freeimages.com.

We’re going on a bear hunt, sing the children in Michael Rosen’s children’s book of the same name, gorgeously illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. And that’s what much of my recent language work has felt like – if the bears are… Continue reading

Describe It! Speaking drill game for fun practice prompts

I’m always looking new ways to make speaking practice fun. It was BBC’s Just A Minute that inspired me to put this basic drill activity together. From a bank of many random concepts – TV shows, celebrities, countries, landmarks –… Continue reading

Bilingual books: tips and tricks for free online reading material 📚

Books on a bookshelf

Thanks to a recommendation from another polyglot friend, I’ve been exploring bidirectional translation as a new language learning method lately. It involves working with parallel texts in your target and native languages to strengthen vocabulary and grammar. The only snag: it… Continue reading

Free for all: language courses from Live Lingua [review]

Which language do you choose out of 7,000 in the world?

Language learning can be an expensive business. Course materials can be so expensive. And despite free resources like podcasts, online video and websites, sometimes, nothing beats a good coursebook. If only they were free, right? Free for all Well, thanks 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