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

Voice in my head: developing polyglot personalities

Open mic, ready for your voice

If you learn more than one language, there is one question you hear more often than any other: how do you avoid getting mixed up? There are many answers to this. But one key strategy, for me, is developing a… 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

Be a clown! How playing the fool makes you a better linguist

Dogs dressed as clowns

Can I tell you my guilty secret? I love making a fool of myself. Before any of my friends and family organise an intervention to curb these masochistic tendencies,  I should qualify that: I love playing the fool when it comes… Continue reading