Monthly Archives: December 2011

Flow vs Focus: What Language Learners Can Learn From Parkour

(Wiktor’s note: throughout the text, the terms “parkour” and “free running” are used interchangeably. Yes, I know there’s a difference. No, I don’t care that much. Carry on reading if you’re not gravely offended by now.)   Nerds have wet dreams, too. One of them – for many people I know, and for myself, more […]

5×5: Five Things You Should Do In (At Least) Five Languages

When people say “I know X languages,” it’s hard to guess what they actually mean. Their expertise usually ranges from deep and thorough knowledge to just a few swear words. Today’s post is about the golden mean: I’m going to write about five social functions you should be able to perform in as many languages […]

Foreign Languages & Human Rights: Ways To Get Involved

Today, 10th of December, is Human Rights Day. What can language learners and teachers do to really celebrate it properly? And why does it even matter? Hi – thanks for reading this. All three of my eBooks will now cost you less than a fiver, and come with a 45-day guarantee. Get the bundle here.

Connecting the Dots: My Ride with English

Note: this post is a response to Vicky Loras’s blog challenge. It was fun to write – hopefully fun to read as well? Thanks for the inspiration, Vicky! Hi – thanks for reading this. All three of my eBooks will now cost you less than a fiver, and come with a 45-day guarantee. Get the […]

What (Language) Teachers Make

Usually, poems about teachers are written by grateful, nice fifth-graders. So what happens when a curmudgeonly thirty-something decides to write one? Amazing things, apparently. Taylor Mali’s poem “What Teachers Make” has been my inspiration for long. But I haven’t been able, so far, to look at what it means for language teachers – and how […]

Not Quite For Real: Language Learning and Pantomime – 5 Quick Lessons

‘Tis the season to be jolly. And in my current neck of the woods, this means crossdressing and slapstick on stage…ah, the good ol’ pantomime. If you have seen one, you don’t need to be convinced of its peculiar charm. And if you haven’t seen one yet, this post may persuade you to do so. […]