Shy Polyglot : Oxymoron, or the Perfect Blend?

Shrinking violet? You are not alone as a shy linguist! Image from freeimages.com

A shy polyglot – that should be an oxymoron, right? All those languages, and too much of a shrinking violet to speak them? Well, the more linguists I meet, the more I realise that it is a hugely common experience.… Continue reading

From iTalki to real life: meeting your online teachers

Meet you teachers over a coffee or three!

Language lessons via Skype have been an important learning method of mine for some time now. Thanks to sites like iTalki, learners can now connect with teachers across the globe. But however much experience you have with online classes, there… Continue reading

Context has your back: Why it’s OK not to understand everything

Context can help language learners in familiar situations abroad, like the coffee shop

I have a confession to make. I failed miserably in my foreign language last weekend. But it was still fine. Context had my back! Before you feel sorry for me, it’s not as bad as it sounds. We fail in our native… Continue reading