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Reasons to learn a language, #419: emotional well-being

January 10, 2014


Watching the film Julie and Julia over the Christmas holidays, I was reminded of an important aspect of language tutoring, or at least of my language tutoring. In the film (recommended if you like France or food, a must if you love both), Julia Childs is frustrated that a French woman won’t let her take cooking lessons. At her […]

Beginning French: a six-week online language course

March 28, 2012


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 […]

Language Learning and Me: Danish

February 3, 2012


Fiona’s husband is from Denmark. They met in Brussels nearly four years ago, and she started taking Danish classes three days before they got married. She has some great advice about learning the language, and languages in general. Worth a read! 1. But your husband speaks near-perfect English and you don’t live in Denmark, so […]

Making the most of your language tutor

November 25, 2011


There are many good reasons for using a language tutor. But they generally don’t come cheap, so here are some tips for getting the greatest possible return on investment. 1. Get a good one It may be tempting, what with the current economic climate and all that, to skimp and get the cheapest one possible. […]

Questions to ask a potential language tutor

October 29, 2011


If you are going to be investing time and money in regular one-to-one tuition, it’s important that you choose your teacher wisely. After all, you may be spending more time with them than you do with some of your closest friends. These are some questions to ask to help determine whether they are right for […]

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 […]

10 reasons to consider getting a language tutor

October 17, 2011


Maybe I’m biased, but I think a language tutor can help you immeasurably with your learning. Here’s why. 1. Motivation You need an iron will to keep going with self-study alone beyond the initial buzz of the first few weeks or months. It’s useful to know that one person at least will be able to […]