Do you know TED?


Last year, I discovered the most amazing, inspiring and interesting nonprofit organisation: TED, devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short powerful talks. These talks cover most topics and are delivered in more than 100 languages all around the world. There will always be a topic which will interest YOU and are always presented by passionate people.

As they describe themselves; “TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.” Who would not want to be part of this?

You can follow TEDtalks on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, YouYube and on their blog

For more information on TED, here is the link to their website:

You will also find below some of my favorite TEDtalks about language.
Feel free to add links to your favourites in the comments!!


My all time favourite –  Deb Roy: The birth of a word

Anne Curzan: What makes a word real?

John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language

Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter

Ron Gutman: The power of smiling

8 useful tips to learn a foreign language


8 useful tips to learn a foreign language

That’s it! You have made up your mind: you are so going to learn a new language!
But where and how do you start?
Here are 8 very useful tips to help you with your learning:

1) DARE: the key to learning a new language is to DARE to make mistakes and have fun with the language! It doesn’t matter whether you make mistakes – because making mistakes is how you learn. It is part of the learning process. You can’t always get it right first time round and you know what? It’s ok! The more you will try and dare, the better you will get!
And at the end of the day, it is better to say a sentence with mistakes than not to say anything at all!

2) READ: as much as you can and aloud when possible. And not only in your own native language – try and read in the language you are learning, whether it is children’s books (why not?), comics, recipe books, magazines, food or cosmetic labels – the resources are endless! Most libraries have a foreign languages section and even children’s books in foreign languages! So, why not give it a go?

3) WRITE YOUR OWN PHRASEBOOK: try and write your own phrasebook – not anybody’s but one with the phrases / sentences that YOU will need or are interested in. An alphabetical notebook is also really useful: you can write the words you have learnt, from your native language to the language you are learning (to speak) and vice-versa (to understand).

4) WATCH & LISTEN: you can watch TV (digital TV offer some foreign channels), movies in the foreign language with subtitles, news or cartoons! You can also explore music / songs in your chosen language and try and understand the lyrics of songs that you particularly like.
I would also strongly recommend buying language learning books sold with CDs or cassettes. Continue reading