Calendar blocking: a little book to bust your rut

A new calendar means new language learning resolutions. But how to stick to them? (Image from freeimages.com)

Oh, how the days of a new year sometimes seem to melt into an ambling, amorphous mess. From the high hopes of resolutions to the January Blues, language learning motivation can be in short supply in this cruellest of months.… Continue reading

But is it cheating? Language support tools and polyglot pride

Dictionaries - a great fallback, but is it cheating? Image from freeimages.com

You’ve prepared for this moment. You’re about to walk up to the counter and order that coffee in the language you’ve been learning for months. But it’s the heat of the moment. You’re a bit nervous. What’s the polite way… Continue reading

Language Superhero: Why languages belong in every self-improvement regime

Going for gold - the goal of self-improvement. And language learning should be a big part of that. (Image from freeimages.com)

Self-improvement. Doesn’t the mere sound of that phrase get you motivated? As a kid, I was obsessed with it, this magical idea that you could train yourself to be better and better, turn yourself into something special – something¬†more than… Continue reading

Five Ways to Stick to Language Learning Resolutions

A new calendar means new language learning resolutions. But how to stick to them? (Image from freeimages.com)

We are well into the New Year now, and – if you are like me – you probably have a list of language learning resolutions as long as your arm. But doesn’t cold, damp January feel like the longest and… Continue reading

Time to learn? Fitting languages into busy lives

Time is precious

As a language geek, I’m often asked: “how do you find the time?”. My answer: most of the time, I don’t. Most self-directed learning is an imperfect process. Adults don’t have time to subdivide their day into neat lesson-shaped slots,… Continue reading