Efficiency is your friend.

About four years ago I met an American lady near Estepona on the southern coast of Spain. She previously lived and worked in America and knew no Spanish. This was unfortunate because she had a dream – to live and work in Spain. How to do? She solved her lack of...

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...

What’s your plan for maintaining peak fluency?

In 1989 Stephen Covey published his book – The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People. Habit #2 was “start with the end in mind”. Sound advice. Let’s follow it! I don’t start learning a language until I have a plan in place to maintain...

Aren’t there meant to be laws against torture?

Like every other normal human being, if I want to remember things long term I have to review them from time to time. Recently, I went through a bad patch in my reviews getting only about 75% right. It was a painful, frustrating and annoying experience –...