Bouncing and bootstraps : my language learning week

Let language learning turn your world into a kaleidoscope of colours.

It’s been a busy week for me in terms of language learning (and everything else!). I’d call the underlying theme¬†motivation, more than anything else, as I’ve had a well-needed injection of inspiration juice from various quarters. Bouncing and bootstraps is… Continue reading

Coaching and languages: the travelling partner you need?

Language learners are used to working with others. These tend to be language specialists: teachers, conversation exchange partners or fellow students. But support in learning languages does not have to be in the target language. Not convinced? Well recently, I’ve… Continue reading

Adverbs Aware: Learn these little words to ace your speaking early on

Adverbs describe how

Hacking or bluffing is about learning efficiently. That means spending time on those elements that give you the greatest results with just a modest effort. And one great way to buff up your speech economically is to focus on using… Continue reading

Conversation turbo-boosting with speaking bingo sheets

Notebook for note-taking

I’ve been having something of an iTalki renaissance lately. iTalki, if you haven’t come across it already, is a website that connects language learners with teachers all over the world for online lessons. There are few easier ways to get… Continue reading

Sentence building: Go beyond words with Tatoeba

A dictionary won't always help you learn words in their natural habitat: the sentence.

Learning and assimilating vocabulary in a foreign language isn’t simply¬†a case of learning lists of words: context matters. Just like a careful zoologist observing animals in the wild, it’s important to study words in their natural habitat: the sentence. Conversely,… Continue reading