Reviving my Russian: where next on the path to fluency?

I did know that I was going back to Russia. I had surrendered two A4 sheets of personal information and paid £85 for the priveledge to the Russian Visa Centre in London, waited nervously a whole week for its return with a shiny brown sticker, and  had been monitoring the weather forecast to help decide whether or not to take …

Deciding to learn a language: which one is for you?

One of the biggest dilemmas facing language learners is choosing which one. For some people, this may be a fairly straight forward decision, while for others it can be difficult to know where to start. In this post I’m going to talk briefly through some of the things you should consider before embarking on the learning process, which will hopefully …

What is fluency, and how to attain it?

One of the biggest preoccupations that language learners have is attaining fluency in their target language. Fluency is upheld as the holy grail of language learning, and many feel that they cannot claim to speak a language until they speak it “fluently”. This attitude is reflected in media coverage of polyglot-related stories, with headlines claiming that people speak so many …