Browsing All posts tagged under »expats«

Language Learning and Me: Italian

April 13, 2012


In our continuing series on different language learning experiences, Ashleigh shares her story with us. Why Italian?  I didn’t so much choose Italian, as it chose me. My husband is Italian and before we were even considering getting married we decided to come to Italy for a year or two. I decided to learn the […]

Language Learning and Me: Dutch

February 21, 2012


Tiffany’s blog The Migrating Yankee is a great resource for expats. I asked her about her experience of learning Dutch. She has some good pointers about finding native speakers to speak to, and about the benefits of intensive language courses. Why Dutch? My husband is Dutch and we’ll be raising our daughter bilingually with English […]

Language Learning and Me: Serbian

January 19, 2012


Alison is a talented and experienced linguist, but Serbian has been a new adventure for her. Here are some of her thoughts on the process of language learning.  1. Why Serbian? My husband is from Serbia and we moved to Belgrade last year. 2. You’ve learned other languages before. What were they, and did they help […]

Hindrances to language learning: ability

December 8, 2011


I’m not going to lie or sugar-coat it for you: yes, some people have more natural ability in language than others. Just like some people are naturals at viola playing or calligraphy or hockey. But anyone, really, can learn the basics of viola playing, calligraphy or hockey. And anyone can lean the basics of a […]

Language Learning and Me: Norwegian

November 4, 2011


In a new series of interviews about the experience of language learning, I asked Katy a few questions about her experience with Norwegian. You  may remember that Katy was freshly pressed a few weeks ago with her post, “15 years on and still learning the lingo“, in which she reminded us that some days are […]

Where can I find a good language tutor?

October 24, 2011


So, you’re convinced. A language tutor is a good idea. Where to find a good one, though? 1. Word of mouth. If you live abroad, you probably have a few friends who’ve taken lessons in the local language. Word of mouth is broader and easier than it used to be, too. Post a Facebook status […]

Expats: why bother learning the language when they all speak English anyway?

October 13, 2011


It’s a common experience. You arrived in your new country full of enthusiasm, or at least good intentions. But six months in, you’ve found that it’s harder than you thought to get past the initial stages of language learning. You’ve found, too, that English is perfectly sufficient to get by, both with the locals who […]