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In my blogs I write about my experiences of teaching English abroad, my language learning experiences when I was living in France, Spain and Poland and provide some (what I hope you will find) interesting facts about the cultures of the languages I speak.

How not to compliment in Spanish

How not to compliment in Spanish

There are so many ways to learn a language. The most extreme way is to go and live in the country of the language you want to learn. I did this when I was 24. I went to Barcelona, following in the footsteps of a good friend who seemed to be having such a good time out...

Why is it such a good idea to Learn Spanish???

Why is it such a good idea to Learn Spanish???

For the love of Spanish Did you know just how useful a language Spanish is to know? Here are 3 facts about the language for you: 1. It’s the second most spoken language in the world with almost 500 million speakers 2. It’s the official language of 20 countries in...

Want a super brain anyone?

Physiological studies have found that speaking 2 or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently to monolingual people. These differences offer many benefits. Now, you might be thinking that’s all very...

mangetout?

mangetout?

Mangetout??  Why I believe any native English speaker can speak French without trying I bet you can say the word 'mangetout' just perfectly. Of course, you might say it with your own regional accent, but it's probably pretty well pronounced. By that, I mean you...

How do you eat an elephant?

How do you eat an elephant?   Any ideas???  No, it’s not the start of a corny joke, it’s about how to tackle a seemingly impossible tasks. So, how do you eat an elephant?  Gradually, in small chunks. Well, it’s the same with learning large numbers of new words...

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Un or une?  Le or la???? Every French teacher knows that gender of nouns is difficult to teach. Just as every pupil knows the frustration of there being no straightforward answer to the question ‘how do you know whether a word is masculine or feminine?’ Some have...

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Why do we have to do a language, Miss? If I had £1 for every time a pupil asked me that, I would have retired long ago. OK , I know I am biased. I always loved language lessons at school but I was also conscious of the fact that I couldn’t really teach the subject to...

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How to make language learning stick. Know what your goals are It’s important to know exactly why you are learning your chosen language and for what purpose.  Maybe you have no choice – you have to do it at school – but then narrow down your goals to short term ones...

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