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Monthly Archives: January 2012

iBooks Author For Languages: 3 Guerrilla Ideas

We’ve had an uneasy relationship, Apple and me. I went from ridiculing every iPod owner to proudly taking my MacBook everywhere I went, only to wonder at the utter uselessness of some of its later incarnations. But I still know a good idea when I see one. And today, I want to discuss one of […]

Trilingual and Proud: One Country’s Path to 0.5 Million Polyglots

There’s a country in Europe which you would probably have difficulties finding on a map. And even if you did, you would have to think hard to come up with anything noteworthy about it. Today, you’ll find out how one tiny country manages to turn its children into polyglots – with style and little effort. […]

Rock Your Language Flashcards With Studyblue

Typical, isn’t it? One day you complain about how depressingly unusable the flashcard apps tend to be – and the next day an app comes along and changes your view completely. Well, I can’t complain: looks like a killer app for language learning has finally been found. It’s not without its flaws, but its versatility […]

Forget The App For That: 5 Low Tech Language Learning Tools To Use Now

Okay, we’ve all been there, and I’m no exception. Your new project, or a new idea for doing something – becomes, if unchecked, an excuse to buy a ton of stuff and gadgets. These do two damaging things to your plan, whatever it is: firstly, they damage your budget – and secondly, they give you […]

“What Level Is This?” Thoughts on Levels In Language Learning

The Welsh word “ysgol” means two things: “school,” but also “ladder.” I found this out on a trip recently and was surprised at how accurate this is. There’s a lot to be said about the way schools are organised – plenty of good things and some horrible things can be witnessed there as a result. […]

Survival Linguistics: The Benefits Of a Language Survival Kit

My first pocket knife saved a cat’s life. I got it from my grandpa, and whenever I had it with me (I still do, sometimes), I had this warm feeling of being prepared. Cutting up sticks for marshmallow-baking? Opening a bottle of Coke? Bring it on. (Yes, this post is still about learning a language.) […]