Learning a language: is it worth repeating the same level?
Repetitio est mater studiorum We all want to progress when learning a new language, right? So what happens when we repeat the same level? Language learning is a complex process and requires our constant use of the learnt material (repetition), as well as learning new material. Even though all our...Read more
Book review: How to Speak any Language Fluently. by Alex Rawlings
Language learning never stops. No matter how much you know, there will always be more to learn. (p. 2) I had been waiting to read / use such a book for a while. It’s a very pleasant read yet it contains all the essential practicalities of foreign language learning. One...Read more
Learn a language: My new language challenge!
As I mentioned last week, I plan to challenge myself and to start learning a new language (!). I’ll use the blog to update you on my improvements, what resources I use and how I plan my study. Group or 1-1 As a working mama, my free time is limited:...Read more
Learn a language: Can I learn Polish, Czech, French, Russian & Portuguese on YouTube?
Today, I’d like to see if we can improve our language skills via YouTube channels. I hope to inspire you to use some free resources that are available online. I’ll first focus on the languages that I’m familiar with (Polish, Czech, French and Russian) or plan to learn (Portuguese). Yes,...Read more
How to maintain your language-learning momentum: 5 inspirational self-study tips
The end of the year is fast approaching and we have all got a lot on our plates, juggling work and preparations for family celebrations or New Year festivities. There will be a break at the end of this BLS term and we will all need to keep up our...Read more
How to learn vocabulary by grouping words together
In this blog post, we look at a useful way to help us remember vocabulary – putting words into groups. We find out how to harness our brain’s natural tendency to understand the world through association (this object is green and has leaves – it must be a plant!) to...Read more
Funny language mistakes
We’ve all been there. We are trying to speak a new language and sometimes we forget a word and try to make it up, or we misunderstand, or we just get a bit mixed up and say the wrong thing. Language mistakes can be embarrassing, but they can be funny,...Read more
Language Learning Tips: How to Use Your Language Skills Daily
What happens to a skill that you don’t use in a while? You will be familiar with the phrases, “I’m out of practice” or “I’m a bit rusty…”. It is a well-known fact that if you don’t keep up a skill you can forget it or it won’t come as...Read more
Language Learning Tips: Do I have time to learn a foreign language every day?
Do I have time to learn a foreign language every day? Of course, not! But, I think you may change your mind after reading this article, so let me explain. Impossible possible? First of all, I’m not talking about spending hours practising every day (although, that would be just perfect!),...Read more
How to Stay Motivated While Learning a Foreign Language
I am lucky enough to speak five languages and be learning a sixth. Part of the reason why I have learnt them is because I have lived in several different countries, but you could say the other part is because I am motivated to learn them. I enjoy the challenge...Read more