Switching from Evernote to OneNote

I take a lot of notes all the time, as I find I remember things much better when I write them down. There are notes on language learning, teaching, the books I read, webinars and courses I attend, recipes, gardening and crochet advice, and much more. Several years ago, I invested in Evernote premium - it allowed me to attach slides and course … [Read more...]

When you get stuck

I've been stuck a few times when learning Japanese and German. Mostly it's because I didn't want to leave my 'comfort zone'. I'm an extreme introvert, so meeting and talking with new people makes me terribly anxious, sometimes even sick to my stomach. Sometimes it has been because I doggedly stuck to one particular book or strategy that … [Read more...]

Free ESL podcasts

There is a great selection of English podcasts for learners. But there are also many not-so-good, irregularly updated and expensive subscription podcasts out there. The following are the best of the best free ESL podcasts, from podcasters who have been around for years, consistently delivering excellent material to English language … [Read more...]

Traveling teachers’ tools

If you are a traveling teacher like me, you don't have an office to stash all your equipment. Plus, you visit a bunch of places - schools, businesses, and conference rooms, not knowing what equipment they have, or if it is actually functioning (a blown globe in the projector again!) I need to carry all my equipment with me. Not just pens, … [Read more...]

Japanese vocab building apps

Apps can help you study, to increase motivation and make learning fun. My personal favourites are: Japanese Flip (iOS) - a traditional flip-card program with spaced repetition. Kanji Dream (iOS) - an incredibly kawaii (cute) kanji and vocab learning app, forcing you to actually sound out the kanji and vocab. Obenkyo (Android) - with … [Read more...]