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

January 31, 2014


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 […]

New year, new Spanish podcasts?

January 2, 2014


If your Spanish learning needs a new lease of life, a podcast might be just the thing. Podcasts are easy to fit into your existing routine – whether you listen to them while cleaning the house or walking to the bus stop – and are the perfect example of a SMART goal: specific, measurable, achievable, […]

“Conquering Babel” gets a new look!

March 15, 2013


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!

If you only buy one resource for learning Spanish…

June 14, 2012


… make it this book. Contrary to what you may believe from the title, there’s actually nothing modern about it – it was first published in 1959. It was published, in fact, in the days before the “communicative approach” with its glossy pictures, survival phrases and grammar-by-osmosis. This book takes the hardcore approach: sit down […]

Reasons to learn a language, #316: avoid being taken for a fool

May 31, 2012


Increasingly (and sensibly), American politicians are campaigning in Spanish as well as English. But that doesn’t mean they are saying the same thing in both languages. Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, for example, omitted to mention his stance on border security and illegal immigration in the Spanish version of his website, choosing instead to emphasise […]

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

March 15, 2012


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 […]

Five apps for learning and practising Spanish

January 11, 2012


1. Living Language Spanish Level: beginner to post-beginner Price: free to $19.99 This is a good place to start learning the basics of Spanish. You can try a couple of units of Living Language for free before deciding if it works for you, but it seems very well put together. Each unit walks you through […]