10 Essential French Musicians to Help You Learn French

10 Essential French Musicians to Help You Learn French

So you’ve spent hours learning grammar and writing essays in French. You deserve a break, right? But deep down, there’s a little niggle saying you should keep on studying. Sigh. Well, take that break. You deserve it. But to keep the niggle at bay, try listening to some of these awesome French musicians. (Psst…When I […]

Spanish Songs For Learning Verbs

Spanish Songs For Learning Verbs

Following on nicely from this post, I’ve compiled an 8tracks playlist full of songs that have lots of lovely examples of Spanish verbs! I’ve tried to pick a variety of styles and musical genres to interest a wider variety of people. You’ll also notice the annotations for each song in the track listing (which shows […]

What Is Fluency?

What Is Fluency?

Fluency. It’s the ultimate goal, the ultimate target, the Holy Grail  when learning a language. It’s also something that can really put people off when they start learning a language. But, what is fluency anyway? Is it this unattainable beast that it’s sometimes believed to be? In my latest video, I tackle this question and […]

10 Essential Spanish Musicians to Help You Learn Spanish

10 Essential Spanish Musicians to Help You Learn Spanish

There is some music that is unavoidable if you learn Spanish, some that is obvious to find, and some not so obvious. Either way, it’ll all help you on your quest to becoming better at Spanish. Here’s a list of my personal favourite Spanish language musicians! Calle 13 Calle 13 are a Puerto Rican reggaeton […]

9 Reasons To Learn Another Language.

9 Reasons To Learn Another Language.

In case you haven’t guessed from my blog so far, one of my aims is to promote language learning in general. So I made a video to do so. Yay! Here are my 9 reasons to learn a language… [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpTfl_GqPUs&w=560&h=315] What do you think? What motivates you to learn languages? Leave your thoughts in […]

Interlinear Books Review

As I’ve recently confessed in my completed italki Language Challenge video, I love to read. On the one hand, this isn’t so great because I get stuck in a reading rut when I begin a new language and it’s often far too long before I actually speak to a human! On the other hand, it […]

italki Language Challenge? Complete!

After 6 weeks, 20 lessons and 3 different tutors, my italki Language Challenge is complete! Hooray! But what did I think? Was it fun? And possibly most importantly, has my German improved? Was it fun? Definitely! Finding a good tutor (or in my case, good tutors) was key to my success. Having a variety of […]

What is Language?

What is Language?

What does language mean to you? Is language a big part of your life or something you don’t really think about? Check out my latest video here, outlining my answer to the big question: what is language? [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg02KxwrO5U&w=560&h=315] I’d love to know your thoughts on this either in the comments below or on YouTube. […]

Teach Yourself Language Books Review

Teach Yourself are probably my all-time favourite self-study books. Not only do they look pretty lined up in Waterstones, they also actually work! They’re well-structured and vary in amounts of language jargon used depending on which level you opt for. There are a variety of languages and levels available. Today, I’m only going to discuss […]

8 Things Not To Say To A Language Student (And 1 Thing To Always Say)

Because sometimes people just don’t understand why we’d want to learn languages. So, I present to you 8 things not to say to a language student… “You learn Spanish? Isn’t Pan’s Labyrinth great?” “You learn French? I just loved Amélie!”                           via http://memegenerator.net/Phil-Dunphy I once heard a lady in a hostel say to a group […]