Why I Started Doing Speaking Exercises?

One of the most useful skills you can develop is the art of clear and interesting speaking. This can help you in all the social interactions in life, with positive effects on your business, friendships and even love life. Especially small-talk is a useful skill as it can help break ice and initiate conversations. Yet,…

Build Your Own Thesaurus, Take Your Vocabulary To The Next Level

One of the interesting and useful things that you can do regarding widening your vocabulary in a foreign language is building your own thesaurus. Unlike traditional dictionaries in which words are listed alphabetically, in thesaurus words are grouped thematically. There are two ways in which you can build thesaurus. The simpler approach is to simply…

What’s The Most Neglected Area in Language Education?

There are good teachers and bad teachers, good language courses and bad language courses and I’ve had experience with all of them. However, there is one thing that was missing in pretty much all language courses that I attended: an adequate treatment of the language used in common everyday situations. How is that possible? Well,…

Teaching and Learning Languages: Part 1 – Introduction

I’m going to write a series of articles on teaching and learning languages, as well as self-directed studying of languages. It will be based on the following: the science of language education, also known as glottodidactics, which deals with approaches, methods and techniques for teaching languages. the science of second language acquisition, which deals mainly…