Monthly Archives: July 2013

July 24

so how did I learn Spanish?

About 18 or so month ago I injured my shoulder quite badly and had a little too much time on my hands. I’ve always had an interest in Spanish and the culture and for whatever reason I always understood a fair bit even though I’ve never actually had a lesson in my life. So when […]

July 22

a sure way to fail – learning languages

Let me tell you about my failure to learn French. Well, failure is maybe a bit harsh, but despite 7 years of 3h/week of French in school I can’t say much more than ‘Oui’. I understand even less than that. Last time I was in Paris, I could barely order a coffee. When I’m in […]

July 19

I should have went?! – a grammar post

I’m bound to ruffle a few delicate feathers, so let me preface this by saying that yes, I do make a number of sweeping generalizations and maybe even a bit stereotyping, but it’s not because I want to offend, it’s simply because I can’t address every one of the 360 million or so native English […]

July 17

why do you bother with exams?

Another fairly common question is why I bother taking exams. Isn’t it enough knowing that I speak language, do I really need a piece of paper to prove it? The answer is yes and no. No, I don’t really need the proof. But as is the case so often in our world today, a piece […]

July 15

Cambridge Proficiency Exam

Recently I decided to write the Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE). I want a certificate that won’t expire and that will prove that I do, in fact, speak English, but more importantly I’m planning to take some university level courses in the near future and need to prove my English abilities. There are several exams available […]

July 12

5 stages of language learning

Learning a new language is very exciting and incredibly frustrating at the same time. With every language I feel like I’m going through the same stages of excitement and frustration. These stages are remarkably similar with all the languages I have studied.   1. Stage The first stage is always utter confusion. How can anyone […]

July 10

why do you bother learning a language?

Many people ask my why I even bother learning languages. In this day an age, everyone speaks English so why bother? Now there is so much wrong with this statement I don’t even know where to start. First though, I do think English is something of a Lingua Franca these days. In many careers all […]