Why the mania for speed?

What does it matter if a person wants to take their time to learn a language, to have fun with it, to pass the time with it. In theory there is nothing wrong with that idea. In practice it is a dishonest idea. Let’s say you asked about the “brow of the...

Ed-Psyche reports are generally junk

Over the years I’ve been asked to read quite a few Ed-Psyche reports. Without exception they have been absolutely rubbish. That is both shocking and tragic as it misleads educators and disadvantages pupils. How is it possible for “professionals” to...

A very good use of lockdown time in my view.

Well, that was fun! I set out on March 17th to learn Italian and I finished my programme on schedule yesterday, November 30th. A very good use of lockdown time in my view. I don’t like it when people make vague statements like “I have learned...

Time

Few people who start learning a language appreciate the importance of time. It may sound obvious but never listen to what people say when you can watch what they do. Observing behaviour tells you the real story! When people quit learning a language it is usually for...