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This week in language learning news, 27th Jan to 2nd Feb

February 3, 2017


A museum of linguistics is coming to Washington, DC. Founder Friedman invites future visitors to “[i]dentify accents, tell us how you say soda and hoagie, learn tips from professional dialect coaches, and climb a Tower of Babel or tunnel through a prepositional playground.” The museum could potentially occupy the space once claimed by the now-defunct […]

This week in language learning, 12th-19th Jan 2017

January 19, 2017


Language learning wisdom and stories from the founder of “How to Get Fluent”, Gareth Popkins, on this week’s Actual Fluency podcast. Babies remember their birth language even if they never speak it. English lecteur/lectrice posts are available in France for the 2017-2018 academic year. No better way to learn French than by living there! Ten […]

Reasons to Learn a Language, #1599: Doing Hard Things Feels Good

April 28, 2015


A while ago, I’m still not exactly sure why, I started ballet lessons. Those who know me best find this to be hilarious. I am not, to say the least, proportioned like your typical ballet dancer. I also have slightly inward knees, so even a basic first position is difficult for me to do with […]

How about this for a New Year’s resolution? Learn a Language!

December 31, 2014


Still wondering what to choose as your 2015 New Year’s Resolution? Let me humbly suggest – yes, you’ve guessed it – learning a language or brushing up on one you already know. Here’s why. 1. It’s tangible. “Be more organised” or “be on time” are (in my experience) not only doomed to failure, they are […]

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

February 14, 2014


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


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 […]

Reasons to learn a language, #823: Google Translate is not enough

January 12, 2014


I know, I know: I’ve said it before. Google Translate is no substitute for real translation, and even less so for learning a real language. You don’t have to take my word for it, though: Nataly Kelly of the Huffington Post explains why computers will never be perfect translators in this piece.   — for […]