Learning a language: Don’t just listen, interact!

While listening to audiobooks and podcasts, watching movies or playing games will definitely help you learn a language faster, it's still slower than if you are using it to communicate with people. I'm not saying these things aren't worthwhile, just that we need to interact with people to cement the language in our heads. But not all of us … [Read more...]

Conversation prompts about moving overseas

Having moved overseas myself, now twice, I get asked a lot of questions, mostly about why I decided to move and how I organized the move. Some people ask me what I miss about my homeland, and they always enjoy hearing what I love about their city and country. I wish we had had such a class when I was studying basic German - there were so many … [Read more...]

Bite-sized podcasts for English fluency

Podcasts are an excellent and enjoyable way to increase your listening fluency and pick up new words, in context. I've been using a few in German, and have noticed it's much easier for me to put together sentences - I'm soaking up grammar and new words! If I listen to a podcast about a topic I'm interested in, I pay attention and try to … [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...]