Lots of people say they speak a foreign language better after a drink or two.
It seems logical.
One of the trickiest things about speaking a language is the nerves and alcohol lowers inhibitions.
But does drinking really help you
What’s the difference between a Spanish learner and a native speaker?
There are obvious things, like pronunciation and grammar.
But there’s another difference that people hardly ever talk about. Little words that Spanish speakers use all the time, but that
Reading, listening, speaking and writing.
As a language teacher, I’m supposed to tell you that they’re all equally important (a bit like not having a favourite child).
Between you and me, I have a favourite. One that’s more important than
You’re walking along the streets of Paris and you see a delicious croissanty thing in the window of a boulangerie.
You don’t know what it’s called, but you know you want one.
So you let the sweet smell
You know that dream where you're standing in front of lots of people and you suddenly realise you're naked?
Everyone’s staring at you.
An intense panic squeezes your chest and makes your hands and voice go all wobbly
In August 2008, I had an Italian lesson that changed my life.
I'd already taken two years of Italian classes, but I still couldn't have a basic conversation. Back then I hated languages (and wasn't any good
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A day barely goes by without hearing about Russia on the news. Often you see an interview with a Russian official – do you understand what they’re saying without the subtitles/translation?
If you don’t
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Once my English friend invited me to a karaoke night. I accepted straight away.
I love karaoke so it was going to be fun for sure, I thought.
Little did I know that at the
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