Speaking without foundations (and putting it right)

Speaking is like a skyscraper. Aim high, but watch your foundations too! Image by createsima on freeimages.com.

As I sit at the station tapping away at Anki, I’m impressed at the level of the vocabulary I’ve reached: interactive, futurism, equality… All those lovely advanced words! I enjoy a moment of language learner pride, before I remember that… Continue reading

Five sure-fire ways to warm up for language lessons

Coloured Pencils

To get the most from any lesson, a good warm up always helps. That goes as much for one-to-one iTalki sessions, as it does for classroom learning. Prime your brain correctly, and it will be in just the right place to process… Continue reading

Acing preparation for a good one-to-one language lesson

Like climbing a mountain, making the most of your language lesson involves preparation!

I’ve attempted Icelandic a few times in my life. That sounds ominous, that ‘attempted’, doesn’t it? Well, the truth is that I’ve found the language a real challenge each time. I’ve usually learnt it in the lead-up to a trip,… Continue reading

Tackle multiple languages by blocking your time

Learning multiple languages CAN be as simple as putting together coloured blocks!

I am a language hog. I’m eternally curious about them, and genuinely love studying them. So, I’m often actively learning multiple languages at the same time. However, advice on learning multiple languages usually suggests plenty of caution and good planning. Now,… Continue reading

Travel and the ‘Stuff Monster’ : Lessons from the road

Travel with the bare essentials

Travel has always gone hand-in-hand with a love of languages for me. As a kid, I realised how languages were a key to opening up huge swathes of a fascinating world, a world I wanted to explore. And, sure enough,… Continue reading