Playing Anki Tag : From Plain Lists to Topic-Based Fun

Searching by tag in Anki

Anki users, do you tag your cards? If the answer is no, then perhaps you should think about adding this natty little superpower to your vocab decks. It’s not only a good habit, but it can turn plain old Anki… Continue reading

Gaming to fluency – language immersion in the Apple Arcade

Gaming for language learners: Cat Quest II for the iPad on Apple Arcade

Nothing like a bit of fun and games, is there? Of course, for most of us, language learning is the fun and games. But what if we could turbocharge that a little? I’d been mulling over the idea of getting back… Continue reading

Duolingo: Five reasons it’s a show-stopper for linguists

An owl, much like the Duolingo mascot!

I was quite late to the Duolingo party. It might be a wee bit of jealousy, perhaps; as an educational app developer, you look at software like Duolingo and think: wow, that is an educational app. But lately, I’ve bitten the… 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

Getting lost in languages: finding your flow

dictionary

How often do we hear others dismiss language learning as “too hard” to bother? In my own long and varied experience with MFL, it’s a charge I’ve heard frequently levelled at languages, as much from frustrated students as from family and friends.… Continue reading