You know those great life ideas you always talk about (often after a few drinks) but never actually get round to doing?
Me and my Italian other half, Matteo have always talked about making a podcast to help people learn
Do you find language learning boring?
Not long ago, my answer to this question would have been a resolute no. I'd always enjoyed learning languages because it never felt like work.
I used to ditch textbooks as soon as
Are you one of those people who did Spanish in school but barely learned how to say ¿Dónde está el baño? (my hand's up). If so, you'll know that the way we learn languages at school doesn't
The longest I've ever stayed awake is 52 hours.
It was 2010 and I was writing my university dissertation at the very last minute. I sat in the 24 hour library for 2 and a half days, fuelling myself with
Fear. Stress. Boredom. Language learning can stir up a host of negative emotions.
One minute you're yawning over a grammar book and the next you're cowering under the table for fear of sounding like a cross between a
Goals are good. We know that.
They turn dreams into reality and all that jazz. But working on goals involves a constant battle against the lazy part of our brains that says "uh... I'm sure it'll just, you
One of the best things about working on the joy of languages blog is that our readers are always sharing smart ideas about how to learn a language. This week's post is inspired by Anne, Ken and Vanessa, who suggested keeping
Milan gets unbelievably sweaty in August. That kind of hot that makes you want to shave your head, tear off your own skin and lie face down on a marble floor all day. So I decided to ditch the heat and mosquitos
A bad memory is one of the top excuses people give for not learning another language.
We see pages of unfamiliar words, or hear streams of sounds we can't decipher and think "I'll never be able to cram enough words into my
You know that feeling when you meet a native speaker and all those words and sentences you thought you knew suddenly disappear in a puff of smoke?
Even if you manage to give it a go and throw some words
I’m a lazy language learner.
Not in a “I’ll do it tomorrow” kind of way, but in a “I don’t feel like reading a textbook so I’m going to sit on the sofa and watch French TV and not even
Every year, I’m surprised by how quickly the warm weather comes around in Milan. Just two weeks ago everyone was wrapped up in scarves and gloves, but yesterday we reached a whopping 21°C (69.8°F).
This is the time of
From crash diets to language hacking, the world is becoming obsessed with quick fixes.
The idea of learning a language in next to no time is certainly appealing. Recently, I did a language challenge to learn as much German as
If there's one thing I love more than learning languages, it's sitting on the sofa in my pants. Fortunately, these activities aren't mutually exclusive, so I'm always on the look out for ways to combine my
Happy Valentines Day everyone!
There’s an old Italian proverb that goes moglie e buoi dei paesi tuoi. Roughly translated, it means “choose wives and oxen from your own town.” Today, it’s often used to suggest that you’re better off with
Mein Gott, time flies. Yesterday marked the end of my three month German Add1 challenge. I'm pleased with the progress I've made over the last ninety days, especially when I think back to the first day when I could barely
Today is Sunday and like most Sundays, I'll probably be overtaken by a strong urge to sit in my PJs all day eating chocolate. This means that the chances of me opening a German grammar book are very slim.
As one year draws to a close, our thoughts often turn to how we can better ourselves in the coming year. Learning a language is something that always features highly on people's lists.
That said, many of you will
Christmas is a time when most of us joyfully leave our good intentions at the door (glass of bubbly and Ferrero Roche at 10.30am, anyone?)
For many, this means putting language learning on hold until January. However, there’s one