Task Logging: Realise You’re Smashing It

Shooting Stars : Logging can help you reach for the skies with your language learning! Image from freeimages.com

If only we’d all be a little kinder to ourselves. I read it all the time on social media: fellow language learners beating themselves up for not studying harder, longer, more often. It seems like everybody feels they’re not doing enough.… Continue reading

Digital fatigue in language learning: blending old school for a perfect mix

The best cure for digital fatigue - paper and pen. Image from freeimages.com.

I’ve always been a big champion of digital platforms for language learning. It’s my passion – and my job. So it’s with perhaps with some sense of defeat that I admit to suffering from a bit of digital fatigue of… Continue reading

Frogs for breakfast! Language planning and the early bird

Eat the frog - not literally, of course, but in a language learning sense! Image from freeimages.com.

Do you ever get to the end of your language learning day, week or month with a heap of tasks to get through from your planning? Does your joy turn into a chore when you realise how many Anki flashcards… Continue reading

The returner learner effect : how a study break can be a language learning boost

A short study break may do your brain the world of good between the book marathons. (Image from freeimages.com)

Brains are mysterious things. Sometimes, they seem to display most counter-intuitive behaviour. Just take the study break, for example. Give yourself a few months off a language, and you might expect to be a bit rusty as a returner learner.… 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

Give yourself a break! Fluid language learning planning for busy people

Language learning during busy times can be a bit of a blur. (Image from freeimages.com)

How was your November? Mine was busy. Very busy. As fulfilling and rewarding as they usually are, work, family and friends ended up filling nearly every minute. And, if you’re like me, you’ll find that life, in these busier moments, can… Continue reading

Finding a Language Retreat : Peace and Quiet to Reset Your Learning

The coastline of Banff, Aberdeenshire

Do you have a retreat? A place to escape to, just you and your books? Maybe you have a few places that earn that title. I’ve spent a bit of time at one of mine this week. And it has… Continue reading

Systematise your reading with Learning With Texts (LWT)

Hit upon the right system and learn languages like clockwork. (From freeimages.com)

System can be everything in language learning. This was the thrust of an excellent talk by Lýdia Machová of Language Mentoring, which I was lucky enough to catch at the recent Polyglot Conference in Ljubljana. As chance would have it,… Continue reading

Impostor syndrome? Prescribe yourself some polyglot community!

Impostor syndrome can leave you feeling exposed and anxious. (Picture from freeimages.com)

This week, I’m blogging from the grand hall of the Union Hotel in Ljubljana, Slovenia, as an excitable, kid-in-a-candy-store, first-time attendee of the annual Polyglot Conference. As expected, it’s been a bit of a language wonderland. I’ve been stuffed full… Continue reading

Language learning, fast and slow : one-track hack or polyglot glutton?

Adding a language is like adding another colour to your communication swatch! (Picture from freeimages.com)

As a language learning addict, the idea of having multiple projects on the go at the same time is always appealing. But is there a sensible maximum to the number of languages we should be studying simultaneously? The topic came up… Continue reading