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Reasons to Learn a Language, #1402: It’s Attractive

February 14, 2014

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In a recent BuzzFeed quiz (“which Disney character are you?”, if memory serves), the following question was asked: “Which random thing turns you on?” Not sure about random, though. I mean, take this as Exhibit A. Happy Valentine’s Day.   — for more hints and tips on language learning, buy Conquering Babel: A Practical Guide […]

Reasons to Learn a Language, #926: Indulge Your Other Obsessions

January 31, 2014

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When I switched on my DVR today, I found that something new had recorded: Little Manhattan. I muttered something about how I already have that, you silly machine, but before I deleted it I hovered over it just long enough to notice that it had recorded in Spanish. So I kept it. This is a film […]

“Conquering Babel” gets a new look!

March 15, 2013

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The eBook “Conquering Babel” has a new cover – and to celebrate, the Kindle version will be free on Amazon from Friday 15th to Monday 18th March 2013. Enjoy!

Beginning French: a six-week online language course

March 28, 2012

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I’m excited to announce the launch of the first Conquering Babel online course! Beginning French will last six weeks, and is designed to kick start your self-study. Each week, you will be sent a lesson consisting of grammar, vocabulary, and tips for learning, and links to resources. You’ll be set homework, which you will send […]

App Review: Scrabble and Angry Words (or how to use word games to increase your vocabulary)

March 15, 2012

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Word games are a great way to stretch your linguistic muscles and learn new vocabulary. You can, of course, buy word searches in magazine format, or play a solitaire game of Scrabble on a traditional board. But if you have a smartphone or a tablet, these days there are many other options. I was excited to find […]

Three things I didn’t know I knew about the subjunctive

February 25, 2012

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Health warning: you probably don’t want to read this unless you’re already advanced in French and have a fairly good grasp of what you thought were the rules of the subjunctive. When I first started teaching French, I often had to bite my lip when I turned over the page of a grammar book in […]

Quality books for learning French

February 24, 2012

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I’ve been asked a couple of times this week about good books for studying French. For all the great resources that are out there, I still don’t think that you can beat the CLE series. They aren’t glamorous or trendy, and their titles aren’t subtle: Grammaire Progressive Du Francais, Vocabulaire Progressive du Francais. There’s no attempt to […]