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...]

Starting a new conversation class

If you are anything like me, as both a teacher and a student, starting a new conversation class is terribly scary. Will the group work well together? What will we talk about? Will I have the confidence to talk, or be too scared about making mistakes? Will someone dominate the class, or someone never talk? These are all common … [Read more...]

Illness and treatments

Most of us have been ill. We've all done things to 'fix' our illness, even if it's just the common cold. Most of use have been to a doctor or specialist, had tests, and been prescribed medications or therapies. Unfortunately, this also happens when you are traveling, on holiday or for work. In the worst case, you'll need to attend a … [Read more...]

A feathered conversation

The Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles are endangered, and live in the beautiful, temperate rainforest of the Tarkine in Tasmania, Australia. Their habitat is at risk of destruction from logging and open-cut mining. Eagles usually mate for life, and their young live with them as a family for 5-9 years, until they are mature enough to find a mate … [Read more...]