March 7, 2018

When we are learning a language, there are some aspects of the language that we can learn very quickly, and others which will take much longer. And it depends on what our own first language is, and the language we are learning.Eg: for native speakers of English to lear...

January 24, 2018

Even if you have already read about a piece of grammar a number of times, such as present perfect, if you struggle with it, there is no shame in returning to explanations in your first language.  Many students, and teachers as well, perceive the first language as a cru...

January 17, 2018

Here are some of my top tips to get the most out of your Skype language partner experience. There are a lot of websites that can help you get in touch with people all over the world that want to exchange languages over the internet. The best thing to do is set up a Sky...

December 6, 2017

Local people will sometimes be very keen to meet people from other countries, especially if they come from a country or culture that is considered to be high status. An example would be French speakers coming to Australia. Almost all Australians study the French langua...

November 22, 2017

Its a reality of the modern world that a lot of people love to play games on their phone. For the most part this can be a waste of time, but not always. Some games are actually language focussed, when you search for "learn English" or "English vocabulary" in the app st...

November 15, 2017

Sometimes the sentence doesn't really come out right. Last night I was heading out to a party and a friend in Japan texted me:

"You came back soon, didn't you?"

I couldn't tell if she was talking about me coming back from work early, or that I will come back from the...

November 1, 2017

Like drops of rain falling on the roof, vocabulary of all different kinds enters our minds and then will often fall away to the sides. We want to catch those rain drops (vocabulary) and keep them.

So we take notes on whatever we can, a piece of paper, a textbook, in o...

October 18, 2017

For a small child, walking for the first time is intrinsically a very, very difficult skill to learn. Despite that inherent difficulty, almost all children learn to walk very quickly. The same goes for language, to begin to process all the connections of language for t...

October 11, 2017

Fly Buys was a card that gave you points whenever you bought something. These points could be used to get plane tickets at a discount of for free. As the promotion continued users found that no matter how many things they bought, they could never use the points because...

October 4, 2017

You can, but...... it's more difficult.

It depends whether you live in an international city, and how easy, and how attractive, it is for foreigners to live and work in your city. If you live in Prague there are always a lot of exchange students and tourists. If you a...

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