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

Scrapbooking, linguaphile style

Digital scrapbooking can be a wonderful way to link your language learning to real-world memories

As a linguist, I love travel. I love that act of putting myself out in the world. I love immersing myself in the unfamiliar. And I love interacting with everyday objects from other cultures and systems, the ephemera that are… Continue reading

Dialect deviants? Celebrating linguistic diversity

Dialektboka (The Dialect Book) from Norway

Spoiler alert: the language you’re learning probably isn’t the language people are speaking. Thanks to dialect, you might be surprised when you chat with your first native speaker. If you’re not prepared for it, the surprise can be disconcerting at best, and demoralising… Continue reading