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

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

Justifying iTalki : bumper bang for your language learning buck

Headphones and an internet-connected device - all you need to start chatting on iTalki

I’ve been spending a fortune on iTalki recently. This very popular website is a kind of language teacher directory service, where students can browse and contact hundreds of experts for one-to-one lessons on Skype. I learnt about the service some… Continue reading

Am I Good Enough? Maintaining confidence in an Internet age 👊🏻

Poppy Field - it's hard to find the confidence to stand out in a field full of blossoming blooms!

Confidence is key to speaking and using languages. But in an age of Internet superheroes to measure up to, it can be hard to keep it. The Internet has been a godsend for language learners. Not only are millions of… Continue reading

Essential habit-forming apps for language fluency ⏰

Building languages into your daily routine as habit is the first step to polyglot success!

Efficient learning hinges on habit. A little, every day, will go a long way. “We become what we repeatedly do” writes motivational mogul Sean Covey, and this could not be truer for linguists. If you want to become a polyglot,… 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

Sentence building: Go beyond words with Tatoeba

A dictionary won't always help you learn words in their natural habitat: the sentence.

Learning and assimilating vocabulary in a foreign language isn’t simply a case of learning lists of words: context matters. Just like a careful zoologist observing animals in the wild, it’s important to study words in their natural habitat: the sentence. Conversely,… Continue reading