About

Student. Language learner. Grammar stickler. Sub-standard musician. Self-diagnosed obsessive compulsive.

Language is what I do. I can happily occupy myself with a German grammar book in one hand, a graded Chinese reader in another, a French novel in the other and an Italian podcast on my stereo. A staunch prescriptivist from England, I cringe at the thought of misplaced apostrophes, poor use of semi-colons and the gradual infiltration of modern-day Americanisms. I know there is nothing I can do about it, but that won’t stop me complaining.

This blog is dedicated to my linguistic and geographic adventures, all of which I hope will inspire others and provide a new perspective in the world of language learning. I encourage you to comment, contribute and criticise – I like a good discussion so please do get involved.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

P.S. I don’t really have three hands.

12 thoughts on “About

  1. great to see people who are passionate about languages, and not for purely practical reasons. i don’t really meet many of those. was always the odd one out myself. best of luck!

  2. OMG. you have no idea how wonderful your videos are. i have become an accidental teacher of french to my teenager, who has a less-than-stellar high school prof de francais. your videos do just the trick to remind me of things i have not thought about in awhile — little things like “y” and “en” and all the wacky rules. (you don’t want to know how long it has been since i went through french 4 😉 thank you, thank you, and good luck with the three hands…

  3. Would you be interested in writing a guest post for a series of posts called Perspective Collective for Language Boat? I am asking several language bloggers I admire the same six questions. My goal is to get a variety of perspectives and methods on language learning. I have a very specific learning style and approach. I’d like to offer Language Boat readers a wider range of learning expertise and introduce them to blogs and resources they may not yet know about. Of course if you agree to guest post I will link back to your blog and introduce you as a guest blogger with a mini bio and photo. The following are the six questions I am asking.

    What language(s) do you know?
    What language(s) are you learning?
    What is your language learning style?
    What approaches / methods do you use?
    How do you stay motivated?
    What is your advice to language learners just getting started?

    Here is a link to the series: http://languageboat.com/category/language-learning-tips-ideas/perspective-collective/

    Thanks for considering it! Let me know if you have any questions!
    Cheers! -Amy Estrada http://www.languageboat.com

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