In my experience, reading comic books or graphic novels is hugely helpful when learning a new language. I might be biased here – as a kid I absolutely loved manga (Japanese graphic novels), but if you aren’t convinced, here are 3 reasons to read a graphic novel in your new language. Continue reading
The English language has some pretty cool words. Here is a list of 5 that I love, along with definitions and example sentences.
“Having or showing a feeling of vague or regretful longing.”
Example: There was a wistful smile on her face as she thought about her youth.
Why I love it: The sounds in the word remind me of the feeling itself.
“Outstandingly bad; shocking.”
Example: The accountant made an egregious error which cost his client a large sum of money.
Why I love it: This word is such a mouthful and sounds very heavy and clunky, which is perfect given it’s meaning.
“Having or displaying a dashing, jaunty, or slightly disreputable quality or appearance.”
From the concept of a rake, described by Wikipedia as “a carefree, witty, sexually irresistible aristocrat” in England during the 1660s – 1680s.
Example: He wore a rakish smile as he walked into the room, an air of confidence and ease about him.
Why I love it: Though the concept is somewhat outdated, once in a while I run into a man like this, or see a smile like this, and the word just fits so perfectly.
“Not considered to be respectable in character or appearance.”
Example: I wish you would stop spending time with that disreputable bunch you call your friends.
Why I love it: It’s a simple, elegant way of describing a not-so-simple concept.
“Attractively unusual or old-fashioned.”
Example: My grandmother lives in a quaint cottage in a small English village.
Why I love it: It is just fun to say, especially if you really articulate the “t”.
What about you? What are some of your favourite English words?
Maybe you’ve moved to France to work as a teaching assistant, or your company has temporarily relocated you to Italy. Or perhaps you’re spending the summer in England as an au pair.
Whatever your situation, your time is probably limited, so you’ll want to start using your new language right away.
Here are 5 ways to make sure you get the most you can out of this experience. Continue reading
Today I’m back with 5 more mistakes that I’ve heard many of my German students make. In case you missed it, click here for Part 1.
Keep reading to see if you’re guilty of any of the things on this list. I’ll also give you the correct version so that you can start improving right away. Continue reading
I was on holiday in Croatia last week – so I thought I’d interrupt my usual content with something a little different.
Here are some photos from my trip, plus a list of Croatian words and phrases that I learned along the way. They might come in handy if you decide to visit this gorgeous country yourself.
Do you want to learn a new language but don’t have much free time? This is one of the most common issues facing language students, especially working adults.
As I tell my students, the key is to maximise your learning efficiency. So if time is an issue for you, here are 3 tips that will help. Continue reading