Have you ever come across someone, a native speaker who you wanted to talk to in their language, and they kept interrupting you every single time you made a mistake, or they just reverted back to English whenever you took a little more time to gather your thoughts, not letting you express yourself and practice … Continue reading Language studies & making mistakes: How to deal with being corrected all the time …
It's been some time since I last published about our experience on the El Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage walk we did earlier in September, beginning of October 2016. It's December now, two days after Christmas, busy as usual with business, preparing for 2017, and I decided to wrap up this year by writing … Continue reading El Camino … Part 3: The joy of being out of control
This is the most common problem my students face ... how to find time to practise between their German or Hungarian lessons. And I bet that's a common dilemma for all of us, no matter what we're learning. Honestly, I totally get it! We all work an extreme lot, running multiple projects at times, our … Continue reading How to find time to practise between lessons (or learn something new)
Both me and Mr Ferenczi are very protective of each other, our families, our values and belongings, our everything. We knew that packing for the EL Camino was not going to be easy, and left everything literally to the last minute: We bought all the hiking stuff on the day before the journey. Adventurous and … Continue reading El Camino … Part 2: Dealing with the burden
End of September this year (2016 that is), me and my other half embarked on a 300km journey on foot, from León to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, through treacherous mountains and dry, stony plains, beautiful hills and deep forests, picturesque towns and abandoned villages - looking for ... well, not sure what. We had … Continue reading El Camino – Part 1: Our Why
I get this question whenever I get new inquiries. Good point – why not language teacher or trainer or tutor? Here’s the answer: In my classes, I do so much more than teaching: My duty is to get the best out of you, to inspire you and guide you along the way to reach a … Continue reading Why do I call myself a ‘language coach’?
I learnt the English word ‘peculiar’ from my dear Spanish friend Elena, about 8 years ago: We were talking about a guy (obviously) and she used this word to describe him. I’ve never heard it before, and I remember how surprised Elena was that it was a completely new word to me. We had huge … Continue reading A fun but effective way to learn new vocab
Last Wednesday, we visited Wimbledon to see the British Johanna Konta (born to Hungarian parents!) to play the Puerto Rican Mónica Puig on No.1 Court. This would have been our first ever tennis experience thanks to a dear friend who surprised us with two tickets. However we didn’t see one single tennis ball yet alone … Continue reading What a day in Wimbledon taught to someone who doesn’t know much about tennis
To sum it all up in one sentence: It all depends on your learning style, personality, your availability, desired learning pace and location. In this article, I’ll explore the pros and cons of both so you can decide what fits you best. Learning in a group class Pros: There is usually a real supporting atmosphere … Continue reading Group class vs One-to-One – is there an ideal format for language studies?
In this article, I’ll explain to you 3 key factors you need to know about if you want to speak a language flawlessly. Firstly, you’ll learn a little about how we create sounds. Then, I’ll explain how children learn their mother tongue and how we learn foreign languages at a later stage in our lives. … Continue reading Why it’s so hard to learn the pronunciation of a language …