Language Jam on Ukrainian Toast

Jars of jam. Image by freeimages.com.

What did you have for breakfast this morning? For me, it was a large dollop of Ukrainian jam on toast. I know, that makes two weeks in a row that I’ve written about food. But this time, it was purely… Continue reading

Last Minute Gifts for Language Learners

Christmas is coming! Make it a language learning one.

Yes, Christmas is just around the corner! And, if you’re anything like me, you enjoy a healthy (and very human) mix of perfect prep and last-minute lunacy. However well I plan, there are always a couple of things that sneak… Continue reading

Metalanguage : learning to talk *about* your target language

Metalanguage helps you to talk about the cogs and wheels of language

One of the biggest challenges for language students is to maintain a 100% target-language environment during lessons. Holding everyday conversations is one thing. But when it comes to discussing the language itself, we often lack the tools. We need metalanguage.… Continue reading

2000 words and still not fluent? My Polish Anki experiment 🇵🇱📱

Polish words in a dictionary

Would you be impressed if I told you I know over 2000 words in Polish? What about if I told you that I still can’t actually speak Polish? As crazy as it sounds, it’s true. At least, it was true –… Continue reading

Change, society and the language learner

Change may be accelerated by societal pressures.

Language never stands still. As learners, we study a moving target. The only constant is change. It’s something that hits you when you learn from old textbooks. Many old, forgotten language courses still have mileage in them, especially if you like… Continue reading

Papping your horn at Greek ducks

A duck on a riverbank

I’m sitting here imagining a duck in the middle of a big Greek road, as we drive ever closer towards it in our hire car. “It’s not moving!” I shout, panicked. “Quick! Pap ya horn and scare it out of the… Continue reading