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 […]

How To Stay Motivated Learning A Language

I figured mid-February is the perfect time to write this post. New Year has us all inspired and motivated to lose weight, stop eating ready meals and maybe even learn a language. So we order a shiny new grammar book, buy a language CD, invest in a big expensive yellow box  (I’m talking about you, […]

Using 8tracks for Music for TEFL

Using 8tracks for Music for TEFL

If you’re a language teacher, you’re probably on a constant hunt for music for TEFL you can use in your lessons. Music is great for language learning! It can be familiar, fun and sometimes very useful. But it’s not always easy for a teacher to find the right songs for teaching a particular topic. Well, […]

Love Around The World: A Valentine’s Day Special

Love Around The World: A Valentine’s Day Special

So, this Friday is Valentine’s Day. A terrible day if you’re single due to red and pink hearts being unavoidably thrust into your face. But also potentially a terrible day if you’re in a relationship due to the pressure of buying the perfect gift, arranging the perfect date and generally being perfect. No one should […]

italki Language Challenge 2014: 9 Lessons In!

Almost half way through the italki Language Challenge and I’m still alive! I haven’t been swallowed into the depths of German grammar never to return, nor have I been so overwhelmed I’m rocking back and forth in the corner. Nope. Still going, still learning and still loving it. I made a rough plan of when […]

italki Language Challenge 2014: 5 Lessons In!

Over the weekend, I finally uploaded my Public Language Challenge Pledge to YouTube for all the world to see. That’s it now, the pressure really is on! Over the weekend, I also had my fifth German lesson via Skype as part of the italki Language Challenge so I’m officially a quarter of the way there, […]

Finding New Foreign Language Music

Finding New Foreign Language Music

People are always saying that total immersion is the most effective way to learn a language. Of course it is. Even before we pop out as little sproglets we’re absorbing what we hear. Ok, we aren’t born quoting Shakespeare but it doesn’t take long before we start having a go at repeating those bizarre sounds […]

The italki Language Challenge 2014

This year I’m committing. I’m finally taking the plunge. I’m going in head first and I don’t know if I’ll come out alive. Well, I’m hoping I’ll come out alive, and I’m hoping I’ll be speaking better German when I do. After almost 18 months of learning German with the Open University, I’m feeling pretty […]

8 Amazing Free Online Language Learning Resources

The Internet is everywhere. Your school, office, local café, and probably your home. Wi-Fi hotspots are popping up across the globe in airports, on buses, in shopping centres, and perhaps most impressive of all – across entire cities. With all this Internet floating around, we may as well put it to good use – language […]