3 Hidden Links Between Music And Language Learning

When I tell people I did a music degree, most people assume there is a link between music and language learning. The predictable response: “Being a musician must really help with learning languages!” For a long time, I never really thought about this. But then it occurred to me… I’ve been a musician all my life and […]

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9 Reasons Why Donald Trump Should Learn Spanish

It’s probably fair to say Donald Trump is not a fan of the Spanish language. He’s left the American public in no doubt about that. However, I think he should learn Spanish! In fact, I think learning Spanish would win him the election! Here’s why… 1. Beating Hillary Would Be Easy …in Spanish, that is!

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9 Surprising Health Benefits Of Learning A Foreign Language

How would you like a bigger brain? Or a better memory? Well, it might be easier than you think! You already know that learning a foreign language can put you ahead in your career. But there’s a growing body of evidence that the health benefits of learning a foreign language may be significant as well. […]

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5 Ways To Break Your Facebook Addiction And Create More Time For Language Learning

You have the best of intentions … You plan to study … But then Facebook happens.  45 minutes later, your textbook lies unopened on the table. You’ve done it again! But don’t worry – there’s still hope. Here are five quick ways to get your Facebook addiction under control, and create extra time and focus for language […]

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What I wish I knew about language learning 10 years ago

When I was 20, I thought that the passing of time didn’t apply to me. I didn’t really think I’d get old. The future was hypothetical. As it turns out, I was wrong. Quite a few years have insisted on passing in spite of my protests. One of the things I now know is that […]

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Polyglot Gathering Report Day 2

(Photo: with Connor Clyne and Ellen Jovin… in order of height) At 10am yesterday morning was a fascinating panel discussion with five hyperpolyglots who were asked about different approaches to language learning “How Hyperpolyglots Learn Languages” – 10am Monday 16th June, #PolyglotBer

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Polyglot Gathering Report Day 1

Yesterday saw day 1 of the first Polyglot Gathering in Berlin. #polyglotber It was fantastic to meet so many people who are passionate about language learning, and I also had the opportunity to meet lots of people who I’ve previously only known online. There was a big range of people, from those who speak a couple […]

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Is learning two languages at once a good idea? (plus big news!)

A couple of weeks ago, I got some big news. I’m moving to Cairo ! Or to be more accurate, I’m being sent to Cairo 🙂 The organisation I work for likes to move people around every few years and you don’t get much say over where you go. I’m really excited about Egypt, though. […]

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What I really miss about Japan

(click to enlarge) I often have trouble articulating why I miss Japan so much. But I do. I miss it like hell. I certainly don’t miss the crowded trains, long working hours, searing summer heat, endless bureaucracy,  expensive travel, obnoxious salarymen and cramped houses. So what do I miss, then? Even now I can’t put it into […]

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