Monthly Archives: January 2013

Should we really be teaching our kids all these grammar rules?

In schools around the world, children are spending thousands of hours in the classroom, learning rules to govern how they use their native language. In the US, we’d call that English class; mine was Grammar and Composition. In Japan, it’s

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Intermediate English, the most commonly spoken language in Spain

I love this clip from Spanish comedian Luis Merlo.

Posted in Uncategorized

Start learning Japanese — the right way

So you want to learn Japanese, do you? Good! Just follow my advice, and in 2 months, you’ll be perfectly fluent in Japanese and up to your neck in busty, blue-haired anime chicks. Actually, no you won’t. In two months,

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What can hyperpolyglots teach us?

I want to share a really neat clip with you guys. It’s about hyperpolyglots, people who speak a large number of languages. If you don’t have 15 minutes to spare to watch, I’ll forgive you. For a brief summary: there

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Games for ESL Teachers: Punchout

If you teach a lot of kids, like I do, you probably have four or five stand-by games for practicing vocabulary or grammar structures. Today I’d like to share one of the games my kids really like, with some advice

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Want to learn a language in 2013? Make a resolution you can stick to!

Well, we’re two days in. How’s the New Year’s Resolution going? Are you planning on picking up a new language this year? Maybe you’re going to brush up that high school Spanish you’ve been neglecting. I know I should! Maybe

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なぜ外国人が元日に「蛍の光」を歌うのか?

日本とちょっと違って、アメリカやイギリスやほとんどの英語圏では、年末は友達とパーティーを開きます。逆に、クリスマスを家族と一緒に過ごしますので、年末は友達とカウントダウンをしたりシャンパンを飲んだりします。そして、日本ですごく人気な歌を歌います。「蛍の光」と同じメロディーの「Auld Lang Syne」【オールド・ラング・サイン】という歌です。 「Auld Lang Syne」って、一体どういう意味ですか?

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