Category Archives: language learning

April 02

The long overdue blog post

I have not actually disappeared off the face of the earth, but I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that. A month ago I went for my third and *hopefully* final surgery to put my shoulder back together. They cut tendons, drilled holes into bone and screwed it together and it feels about as it sounds. By […]

January 27

Pinche Taco Shop

Haha, well that gave me a good chuckle earlier today. This is a small local chain selling authentic Mexican tacos (as opposed to the American variety with is a crunchy little thing with roughly three pounds of cheese per serving).      Pinche – According to the RAE pinche means kitchen help in Spain. In […]

January 20

The CPE results are in

Just a quick post to conclude the CPE posts here, here and here. I passed the exam with flying colours and an official grade A. Yay! I don’t have any individual points for the tasks, but there’s a neat little graph to illustrate the results. According to that Listening was the best, closely followed by Use […]

January 15


I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Duolingo, but I’m happy to say I introduced both my parents to it over the xmas break and they seemed keen. They both have taken English classes for years, so they’re not total beginners, but I think it’ll  help them. They take a class once a […]

December 14

Lack of support

There is something that has been puzzling me for a while. Why are people not supportive of language learning? Just yesterday I was talking to my mom and we were talking about the fact that I still have more free time than I want due to that shoulder (broken record I know…) and I said […]

December 05

Cambridge Proficiency Exam – Written

Today was the second part of the CPE. The day started really early and thanks to my shoulder and a lack of a proper schedule, getting up at the crack of dawn (or in fact well before dawn) is not fun. And it’s especially tough when it’s -5C outside. But I was on time bright-eyed […]

November 21

How to find a great online teacher

I’ve mentioned a few times now that I study a lot with online teachers, or Skype teachers as I like to call them. For me personally this is by far the most effective way to study. Well, one on one in person may be the best way. With a good teacher the biggest advantage is […]