Avoiding the Translation Crutch in Language Learning

A page from a German dictionary with the translation of various words. Image from freeimages.com.

I was on a mission this week: to minimise the interference of English translation in my language learning. You are probably familiar with the scenario – that slow, faltering, stoppy-starty feel to conversation in a language you are learning. In… Continue reading

Building linguistic muscle memory with Duolingo

An owl. Probably not the Duolingo one, but I'm sure they're friends. (Image from freeimages.com)

I achieved not quite a lifelong dream this week. Let’s call it a months-long dream. I finally reached level 25 in German on Duolingo! When the moment of glory came, it was more with a fizzle than with fireworks. As the… Continue reading