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5 uncommon grammar games that won’t send you to sleep

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Now, if you’re still reading, then this is the post for you! :)

Cher Hale, who writes about learning Italian over at the Iceberg Project shares five awesomely creative grammar games that you can use to level-up your language in no time.

I like this post because it forces you to get your head out of the textbooks and start using grammar for all the right reasons.

Dammit, I wish I’d thought of this post! :)

Take it away, Cher…

What if I told you that learning grammar doesn’t have to be boring?

Even if we don’t know it, we have ideas in our head about what learning a language should be like, and one of the assumptions that we often make is about grammar.

We think it’s boring and secretly wonder if all of those grammar rules are really going help us when it comes to making conversation.

There are people that enjoy learning the nuts and bolts of grammar like we did in school, but since that isn’t the majority, that isn’t going to help us.

Lucky for us, there is a way to make grammar more entertaining, and when we’re having a good time it’s been scientifically suggested that we’re more likely to remember and use new information.

In order to keep myself more entertained while learning Italian and Mandarin, I’ve created five grammar games for learning grammar that don’t send me to sleep! Continue reading…


olly unstoppable language

Right now, I’m feeling unstoppable. Right now, I feel like I can take over the world. Right now, I’m riding on a wave of passion, drive and hunger to study that I feel like I can harness to achieve anything. With your permission, I’d like to tell you why. 3 weeks of nothingness Only last week I wrote […]

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When is taking a break from language learning a good thing?

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I had it all planned out. I would start learning Arabic in August. I would study for a month. I would be able to speak a little by the time I arrived in Cairo in September. I would take Cairo by storm, go out every night, chat with the locals over shisha and strong coffee, […]

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3 particles that will make your Chinese sound more natural


I’m really happy to feature a guest post today from Judith Meyer. Judith is currently working on, a free Chinese course which learns your individual strengths and weaknesses and generates custom-tailored exercises just for you. Now here’s the exciting part! There is currently a campaign going on to raise money for the creation of more levels […]

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28 Insane Japanese Conversation Starters

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Many people who live in Japan report finding it difficult to strike up conversations with Japanese people. I did too, when I lived in Tokyo. Here’s why: I didn’t have the necessary language level  The Japanese don’t really have a culture of talking to strangers…at least not in the same way as we do in […]

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9 things not to do when studying vocabulary

9 things not to do when studying vocabulary

Today we have a great, straight-talking guest post on learning vocabulary from Dani Maizner, who I was lucky enough to meet in Berlin this summer! Dani is a passionate language learner from Austria who enjoys the great variety of languages in the world. You can find more information about her and her language projects on […]

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Learning Egyptian Arabic Grammar – Week 3 Summary

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This is a summary of the 3rd week of my project to learn Egyptian Arabic. Until this point in the project I’ve avoided any study of grammar, choosing to focus on vocabulary instead. I have quite a laissez-faire approach to studying grammar, but curiosity finally got the better of me this week and I started […]

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How 7 months of learning Spanish changed my life

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I’m very happy to host a guest post today from a talented writer, Beth Hobson, who caught my attention earlier this year with her honest and engaging writing over at We were talking about her experiences learning Spanish in Ecuador, and how hard she was finding it. Then one day, I received an excited message saying: […]

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Egyptian Arabic – Week 2 Summary

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This is a summary of my 2nd week of my project to learn Egyptian Arabic. In week 1, I prepared a self-introduction, looked up some useful vocabulary to talk about myself, and started to learn some of the vocabulary by starting a flashcard deck. I had planned a conversation with a native speaker, but they […]

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The Arabic Chat Alphabet – A cool alternative to the Arabic Alphabet!

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As I started to learn Egyptian Arabic last week, I began to hear about a special form of writing, used mainly by young people. Called the Arabic chat alphabet (alternatively the Franco-Arabic alphabet, or ‘Arabizi’ عربيزي), it’s an alternative to the standard written Arabic that uses the Latin script. It’s an interesting product of the online […]

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