HelloTalk App Review: Chat with Native Speakers on Your Smartphone


HelloTalk is a cool new language learning app that serves one purpose: it connects you directly with native speakers, and provides an interface to text and speak with them, all from your smartphone. There are websites out there that let you search for people to talk with, but with these websites the actual conversation happens […]


How to Make a New Year’s Resolution and Actually Keep It

Every year around January 1st, my inbox gets filled up with language learners excitedly declaring to me their New Year’s resolutions. They tell me, this is the year I will learn French! Learn Spanish! Learn Chinese! To all you resolved language learners out there, hoping to make 2015 the year you finally reach your language-learning […]


How to find the right teacher for online language lessons


One of the most frequent questions I get when I talk about my intensive language projects is how do I find a good teacher? Today I want to cover this question in as much detail as possible, as part of my Skype language lesson series of posts. The previous post was how to prepare for […]


World’s most useful language learning t-shirt: Let everyone know what language you are learning!


Now, I knew everyone wouldn’t want it to say “Cunning Linguist”!! That’s just too cheeky for a lot of people (if you don’t get the joke, then say it quickly and you’ll notice it sounds like something else…), especially since a linguist isn’t the same as a language lover. Despite this, I have to say that in some places, especially in English speaking countries where people get the joke, I’ve had so many complete strangers come up to me and compliment me on the hilarious play on words.

But since that may be too risqué for many, I made sure that the options “Language Lover” (generally more understandable) and “Polyglot” (more specific and accurate, even if a less known word in English.. for the moment ;) ) were available instead, also in the same dialogue world bubble.


Best free online language-specific monolingual and bilingual dictionaries


Throw away your dusty old dead tree dictionaries! They are either too bulky (and expensive) to use conveniently, and not updated regularly enough, or they are too small to cover all the words you might need. It’s the 21st century, so lets embrace all the free online dictionaries available to us! Multilingual dictionaries When discussing […]


40+ FREE online language learning resources: Most comprehensive and up to date list of courses, communities, exchanges and more!


The great thing about blogging, compared to traditional print media, is that you can update posts as often as you like. With that in mind, I’ve decided to make this the go-to page for the most comprehensive list of completely free online resources for learning and practising many languages, that you may find online!

I will constantly be coming back to this post to make sure it is up to date with the latest and best links.


Language Hacking Links: Resolution, Total Annihilation and Level up edition

Today I’ve written a guest post on Lifehacker entitled “How to successfully learn a new language this year“, to give some suggestions for those who aren’t sure where to go with their learn-a-language New Year’s resolution. This is the second time in a month I’ve posted on that site, the last one being a post […]


Interview with DuoLingo (and Captcha) creator Luis Von Ahn, in Spanish (with Eng/Spa subtitles)


If you are learning Spanish try to watch them without subtitles, or just with the Spanish subtitles enabled. Luis is from Guatemala and speaks a very clear and easy to understand Spanish.

Luis and I got in touch and I invited him to sit down with me over Skype and talk about the new language learning system that had a lot of buzz about it over the summer, and that he introduced to us in a TED talk (in English and in Spanish). You can also read a detailed review of the system in a blog post here.