Monthly Archives: October 2013

Giving NaNoWriMo a try

November is National Novel Writing Month. This is when your best writing
ideas can all come together to form a great novel! Or, failing that,
you’ll have a good few thousand words that can be transformed into
anything you wish. There are plenty of events, meetups and motivating
folks taking part. So why has it taken me so long to take part in it?

Polyglot Geeks Unite: Lessons from the Language Show

Last weekend in London meant that anyone could once again take part in a sample foreign language class, learn about multilingual vacancies or new publishing for foreign language. This was the second Language Show for me – and I was super happy to attend again! You are here to read and learn. I’m here to […]

Foodies, boroughs and the wild connection

Peckham used to be a place I dreaded coming back to – and a home of sorts for 7 months of my London odyssey. Now that I’m out of it, it’s surprising to find stories that portray it quite differently. And within London, Peckham is a good place to witness the changes and attitudes of people who choose – or are forced – to live here.

Make Libraries Your Language Learning Headquarters – Here’s Why

Neil Gaiman’s defence of libraries comes at a crucial time: people begin to wonder whether these places still serve a useful purpose in today’s societies. For language learners, a library can become an extremely valuable resource, even with the online world at their fingertips. What should a foreign language guerrilla learner expect from librarians – […]

Vocabla is a lean, mean, English vocab machine

The best thing a foreign language learner can hope for is a helpful system that helps her learn. And the worst thing for a future polyglot? Too many learning systems! Vocabla could have been just another vocabulary training app – but it manages to be more than that. Read on for my quick review. You […]

Alice Munro and Malala Yousafzai – the power of stories and learning

Two women are making the headlines today. And they have more in common than you think. Both deserve the recognition they’re given, and both make the news in a way which makes me really happy. Here’s why Alice Munro and Malala Yousafzai matter to me.