As my readers know, I am always looking for unique ways to learn a language, so finding interesting or effective little apps or other software has become somewhat a pastime of mine. Ever since I mentioned the Lingogo App in my Learning Spanish in Spain post, I’ve had some questions asking how it all works […]
Did you learn a language at high school? How well do you speak it now? Unless you pursued it via other mediums as well (like I did), my guess is not too well. The truth is, the world is evolving rapidly, and we are quickly realising that traditional means of classroom language-learning is not effective […]
Taupo is a small lakeside town in the central North Island of New Zealand. It is a huge tourist destination partly due to its location, but also because of the giant Lake Taupo that the town is built around – New Zealand’s biggest lake. The Waikato river also runs through Taupo, which is New Zealand’s […]
Spain is the country that gave me the solid foundations to get to a very good level in Spanish. I was there for just six months, and I got to a near-fluent level in that time. If you want to know how you can improve your español in España, this article has all you need to know.
Love it or hate it, the city of sails has some pretty spectacular sights, combining urban city with natural reserves and ocean landscapes. If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of all the best places to see beautiful views of Auckland, this is it.
I have been asked the same questions about being multilingual or learning a language time and time again, so I think it is time I set the record straight about a few things (and point out how annoying your questions are). These are the questions that we have all heard a million times, and should be avoided when talking to a polyglot.
I beleive that Ilha Bela might just be Sao Paulo state’s best-kept secret – and it certainly has some hidden gems of its own. It is quiet, it is clean, it is safe and it is beautiful – yet there is almost no-one around. Why?
If you have the opportunity to go to the country of the language you want to speak, whether you are there for a few weeks or a few years, you can definitely improve your language abilities vastly, particularly your speaking abilities. After all, you are in a place full of people who possess the skill you want!
In my mind I keep replaying the day that I was on top of the float seeing everyone’s smiling, laughing faces and I wonder what these same people must be going through now.
I’m only glad that we could speak Spanish and a bit of Portuguese, otherwise we would have been totally lost and probably still be lost in the Amazon rain forest somewhere (ha!). In all seriousness, I just had no idea what it would be like, so if you are thinking of doing this trip, hopefully this post will eliminate some of the confusion and help you understand what you are in for!