Have you reached a plateau in your language learning? Are you stuck at an intermediate level? Roberta is learning English and feels a bit stuck. She asked on my Facebook page, using #AskErmy, how to overcome the intermediate plateau and get to a more advanced level. In episode 3 of Ermy’s Q&A show I give Roberta … Continue reading How to move past the intermediate level
It all started with a question: "How can I memorise verb conjugations?" . This was a question asked by Elah, after I sent an email out to my email list, the Language Rose Learning Club (What? You haven't joined it yet? Please join right here and get a few free goodies as a welcome gift!!), … Continue reading How to memorise verb conjugations
English is not my first language. I'm Italian and, when I first moved to the UK, I was struggling with speaking English. I used to have a case of sweaty armpits and stuck tongue every time I was about to have a conversation in English with someone new. My train of thoughts, every time I was about … Continue reading Struggling with speaking Italian? Do this!
You've decided you really want to learn a language. However, you're feeling already pretty overwhelmed even before starting. And the reason is: you don't actually know where to start! What topics should you start with? What grammar do you need to learn first? Which resources should you use? Should you go abroad or just learn … Continue reading How to start learning a language (step by step!)
I'm curious: How many times have you run out of topics to talk about with your language exchange partner? Wait...you don't a language exchange partner at all, do you? If you have not found a language exchange partner yet, you must find them ASAP! Like, yesterday! Here's why: if you want to learn a language, … Continue reading How to find a language exchange partner that lets you speak and doesn’t suck!
January is almost over. This is the time when most people start to forget about those wonderful New Year resolutions that they promised to honour at the beginning of the year. If you've landed here, it is very likely that one of your New Year's resolution was to learn a language...but now you've fallen behind! … Continue reading How to be consistent when learning a language
Grammar can actually be interesting, easy and creative. Grammar allows you to manipulate the language, to create with it and make it your own. Grammar is the most creative part of a language and understanding it can become an incredibly pleasurable and rewarding experience too.
If you're anything like me, music plays an important role in your daily routine. Well, it can play an important role in your language learning routine too. Songs are a brilliant way to learn the language you love and develop your listening, reading and comprehension skills. Using music and songs to learn a language can … Continue reading Learn a language through songs!
If you could have a fiver for every time you said, "I'll learn *insert the language name here*" and then ended up not having enough time for it, you'd be a millionaire by now. The good news is that you're not alone. So many language learners have been in your exact same situation. Including myself! … Continue reading How to learn a language if you don’t have time!
"How can I learn more words?". This is a question I get over and over from my students. There are many strategies to learn more vocabulary and I've discussed some already in other articles (such as this one or this one). However, I've never discussed the ONE strategy that helped me to learn a huge … Continue reading THIS helped me to improve my vocabulary (a lot!)