Every month, I share my personal language goals and progress here on the blog. Right now, I’m learning Welsh and Mandarin Chinese. This post is a motivating glimpse into “polyglot life”, which is far from perfect...but it does involve wine.Read More
Having fun is a key to success when it comes to most big endeavours. Surely language learning is one of those, too. But how can you best have fun when you’re learning a language? In this podcast episode, Olly Richards from I Will Teach You A Language joined me to discuss how you can love learning languages and have fun with it.Read More
Welcome to my monthly language goals round-up, this time reporting on my language learning progress and new goals for September 2018. I have news about immersion, where I’m travelling next, and how I’m going to get to the next level in Welsh.Read More
Women in Language is a unique online event designed to champion, celebrate, and amplify the voices of women in language learning. It's happening 8-11 March 2018, for the first time ever!
I am one of the organisers and in this blog article I am sharing the story of what inspired me to get involved.Read More
Many people plan ahead for business goals, upcoming deadlines, events, meetings at work, fitness or meals. But did you know that making a language learning plan can actually help you learn a language faster?
In this article, you'll learn 5 steps to help you get the ball rolling.Read More
Do you have a vague feeling that you're too old to learn a language?
Are you still looking for the best way to do this?
Or do you just....feel like you're never quite doing enough?
Then we have the show for you!! Hit play now and check out episode 69 of the Creative Language Learning PodcastRead More
How to stay motivated when you're learning a language by yourself this fall...plus some crazy English words in the wildRead More
This podcast episode is a bit like a Wundertüte - a lucky dip bag of interviews with wonderful people who made the 2017 Langfest event what it was. Thank you so much to all of these lovely people - Langfest was motivating, informative, energising, and of course very, very multilingual.
Here's a taste of what you'll find inside the episode:
Could you become a multilingual parent?
We've all seen the feats of Bella Devyatkina, who speaks 8 languages at age 5. But how does that work? In my interview with conference organizer Tetsu Young, we touched on the everyday actions that he and his wife create a multilingual environment for their three (!) kids.
Applying your outside skills to language learning
You might not know this, but all of us have hidden skills that help us learn languages. I interviewed Benny Lewis and Tim Pelletier to find out what theirs are.
Impressions of Québécois
From how to make those dipthong sounds to religious swearing, be a fly on the wall during our French-language lesson on the Québec dialect.
Learning in Your Coffee Break
In an interview with Mark Pentleton from Radio Lingua, we discussed how language learning can fit into anyone's busy life - and why doing a little bit less might just help you learn more.
A few words in Romanian
Listen to me try as hard as possible to get my Romanian pronunciation right with the kind help of presenter Mihai. Ooof!
Unconventional Motivational Techniques
Jana Fadness is a polyglot, translator, traveller, and introvert. She shares her insights on the most popular motivational techniques - and how she found her own unconventional ways of making things work. Jana's interview was amazing, her honesty stood out among the crowd.
I will share more about my talk with you as soon as the Langfest crew have put the finishing touches to their videos.
In the meantime, get the travel bug with me and check out 8 Life-Changing Language Learning Events Around the Globe.
- LangFest – Festival de Langues de Montréal | Montreal Language Festival
- Eurolinguiste - Shannon Kennedy
- Get into the 4 Tendencies with the Better App
- Adventures of the Directionally Challenged - Jana Fadness
- Radiolingua - the home of Coffee Break Podcasts
- To My Father – To My Father Film
- Emilie Wapnick's TED Talk on Multipotentialites -- not all of us are made to do just one thing in life
- LanguageCon – The Shanghai Language Learner’s Conference
- 4-year-old Bella from Moscow easily speaks 7 languages - YouTube