You may be several months - or years - into learning a language and it still feels like you're a long way from fluency. You may even be wondering whether you're making any progress at all. If so, welcome to the club! I've been learning Basque two and a half years now. In the last few months, there's been a real feeling of progress, but it's still slow and I was trudging … [Read more...]
Language Show Live – a review
Language Show Live is a kind of "trade fair meets educational event" which styles itself as "Europe's leading annual event for people passionate about languages". I attended for the first time in 2013. Again in 2014, the event took place one Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the middle of October. The venue: the historic Olympia Exhibition Centre in London's West Kensington … [Read more...]
Basque Add1Challenge: 3 weeks in….
It's three weeks tomorrow since the beginning of the three-month Add1Challenge, here, later than expected, is the first of my promised progress updates. What have I been doing? The main development in my approach to Basque this summer has been working with native speakers on Skype. I have never done this before but I was keen to keep going during the summer … [Read more...]