Dabbling to joy : allowing yourself guilt-free language exploration

Dabbling with languages is like trying all the sweeties! Image from freeimages.com

For many, August is the month of holidays. This year, I made it my month of dabbling! Planning, routine and system are crucial in language learning. But there should always be time for a bit of ranging and roving. Dabbling –… Continue reading

Voice in my head: developing polyglot personalities

Open mic, ready for your voice

If you learn more than one language, there is one question you hear more often than any other: how do you avoid getting mixed up? There are many answers to this. But one key strategy, for me, is developing a… 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

Be a clown! How playing the fool makes you a better linguist

Dogs dressed as clowns

Can I tell you my guilty secret? I love making a fool of myself. Before any of my friends and family organise an intervention to curb these masochistic tendencies,  I should qualify that: I love playing the fool when it comes… Continue reading