I know, I know, it's not a very sexy title.
I thought about something more tantalising like: "Learn Chinese in 5 minutes a day" or "speak Chinese like a native in 8 weeks".
But those would be false promises
Listening to native Spanish speakers is a humbling experience.
They blurt their words out so fast, sometimes it's impossible to keep up. And it can be discouraging - after all that studying, shouldn't you be able to understand
Have you ever spoken to a non-native speaker of your language and been blown away by how well they spoke it?
Aside from good pronunciation, there's one thing that always makes my jaw drop when I hear foreign
Ever tried reading in a foreign language?
It sounds like a lovely idea.
Fix yourself a hot drink, dive under a blanket and snuggle up with a translation of Harry Potter.
What it actually looks like when I try reading
There are lots of things you probably should be doing.
Exercising more. Eating less junk. Learning that language faster.
You know who laughs in the face of should?
French people don’t do gyms. They wash croissants
A few months ago, I had a plan.
The idea was to try and get fluent in Spanish by this summer. But as often happens with plans, things aren't going quite as expected.
For a while, I’ve had this nagging
You love the country, the culture, the food and the people.
Maybe you’ve already been to Italy on holiday and are planning to go back, and this time you’d like to converse with the locals. Maybe you even dream of
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the choice of language learning tools?
Or unsure of where to focus your time?
Maybe, once you’ve finally chosen a resource or activity, a niggling doubt creeps in…
Is this really the best use
Why is it so hard to remember words in a foreign language?
Why is the grammar so confusing?
If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions and wondered how the heck you’ll learn to speak that foreign language, then today’s post
It was supposed to be easy.
In July 2015, Serena Williams, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, played against 23-year-old Heather Watson, ranked 59th.
Everyone expected a quick and painless win for Serena. Yet in the final
Thinking about learning a new language, but not sure which one to choose?
It’s a decision that can have a huge impact on your life: where you go on holiday, the friends you make, maybe even which country you live
You start off feeling enthusiastic about eating salads and end up feeling enthusiastic about… well, nothing really.
Apart from maybe hiding under the duvet until April.
At least that’s what happens to me every year. No matter how motivated
They can’t be serious, can they?
Talking at 200 mph, mushing words together or leaving them out entirely.
It's as if those smug native speakers got together one day and decided to garble their words, just to stop us
¿How do you type that upside-down question mark thingy?
If you’re learning Spanish and you’re planning to write or take notes on a computer, at some point you’ll probably ask yourself this question. You’ll also need to type the
There it was.
That email I'd been waiting for.
Back in summer, I’d set myself a goal: go from intermediate to fluent French in 5 months.
At the end of November, I took an advanced level French exam (DALF
Imagine a man who does 70 push-ups a day.
What kind of person comes to mind?
An intense overachiever with willpower as strong as his biceps? A tanned guy with an intellect as small as his Speedos?
This time last year, I set some language learning goals for 2017.
Some went better than planned.
Others went horribly wrong.
Which made me wonder: why did some goals keep me motivated right up to the finish line, while others
Which language should I learn?
Whenever I asked myself this question in the past, I only considered widely-spoken languages like Spanish or Mandarin.
This is because I'd always assumed that widely-spoken languages lead to better travel options and
I love travelling.
I love jumping on a plane, hopping out the other side and being surrounded by different people, sights, smells and of course, languages.
I even love that awkward feeling of trying to use the lingo with the locals
I’m a fraud.
I write articles about things like "how to reach your language learning goals". But half the time, I don’t actually reach my goals for learning a foreign language.
If you’re someone who gets enthusiastic about learning new