Daily language learning hacks

If you are like me, your language learning motivation waxes and wanes, with the weather, with a changing daily workload and social appointments, and with tiredness and stress. Recently, my workload has increased, and I'm running around like a headless chicken chasing appointments, sometimes every single day of the week. It hasn't left me with … [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...]

How to be an independent learner

Have you ever sat through a class, been bored out of your mind, and not remembered anything that was covered? I have, many times! It can be a combination of a dry topic, how the topic is being taught, how the other students in the class are participating, the stuffiness in the room, and even how you are feeling at that particular time. The … [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...]

The two things you need to learn languages easily

Most of my current English (EFL) students are adults. Some progress quickly, others struggle for each step. Some are studying for university or their jobs, others for travel, and the remainder for the community bonding they get in each class. The ones that progress the fastest are those who are curious about English, and those who are not … [Read more...]