I’m thrilled to announce that Paul Martin will be Runaway Daydreamer’s first ever Guest Editor. Paul is an English teacher currently living in Buenos Aires and he will take over the blog for the current month. He agreed to write a series of articles and in-depth features for us. I shall leave you in his capable hands. Enjoy! … [Read more...] about Are Some Languages Faster than Others?
Those of you who have followed my previous projects will know that I've been learning French (on and off) for a while. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and I try to practice French at any given opportunity. I haven’t shared much about my progress with you but I definitely will. It’s a language I truly love, so you can expect a lot of French related posts on the blog. I would also like to know your very own experience with la langue française so don't forget to leave me a comment or, better yet, send me an email or a guest post (take example from Jimmy! ). ;) Today, however, I’m going to announce a new language mission! Exciting, uh? A week or so ago I entered a giveaway on Ron’s blog, “Language Surfer”, and I won! I won a brand new shiny Japanese book. Hooray! JAPANESE? … [Read more...] about New language mission: Japanese (日本語)!
Have you always wanted to visit Rome and experience a true Roman holiday? Here's your chance! This summer, from July 5 to July 14, you can make those travel dreams come true. My friend Melissa, who blogs at Diario di una Studentessa Matta, will be leading a trip to Rome with Kelly Medford, an American artist who lives and paints in the capital city. … [Read more...] about Come to Rome with Kelly and Melissa!
Lots of people dream of studying and then speaking Mandarin Chinese but they're too scared to give it a try. Are you one of them? Today's post is by Yang who will give you the encouragement you need to pursue your language learning goals. Enjoy! - - - … [Read more...] about Mandarin Chinese is easier to learn than you think
You may think that going to the country where the language you're learning is spoken is the ultimate solution. Well, that's not entirely true. Sometimes things just don't go like you expected. Ask Jimmy Monaghan, who is happy to share his thoughts with you. He's going to talk about his experience of learning French in France. Over to you Jimmy! - - - … [Read more...] about Why I didn’t learn French in France
I'm finally on my holiday break so -hopefully- I'll be able to reply to all my unanswered messages. I'm catching up with everything blog-related so bear with me, s'il vous plaît. As promised, today I'm going to share with you an interesting guest post written for us by Laurianne Sumerset. I'm sure you're going to find it useful and inspiring. Enjoy! … [Read more...] about Four Lessons I Didn’t Expect from Language Learning
Previously on Runaway Daydreamer... A brave young woman leaves for France seeking adventure, love and a potion for eternal life. She wanders through Nice, admiring its beauty, exploring, taking everything in. She disappears from the web and she doesn't come back to writing. Until now. So, yeah, it’s been awhile. The good news is that I haven’t been eaten by a creepy zombie. Phew, I'm still alive. Yay for me! The bad news is that I'm not a female leader in a supernatural world... But I digress. What the hell have I been up to? In a few words: university has taken over my life. Completely. It sounds like a lame excuse, I know. I wish I could tell you that I was in Narnia this whole time. Life's been pretty hectic since I started my university life and I'm always … [Read more...] about Chi non muore si rivede.
I'm writing this blog post from le centre de la ville de Nice, in France. C'est magnifique! I still can't believe I'm actually here. Seriously. I'm in love with this city. There's no so much chaos as in Rome and the people I've met so far are really lovely and kind. Do I need to mention the sea? It is très, très beau and that's why I call it mon paradis bleu. I always feel so calm and relaxed when I go to the beach. I feel like I'm breathing again. Rome is a metropolitan city and the pace is always so fast that I had forgotten what it feels like to properly relax and enjoy every single moment of the day. … [Read more...] about Je suis en France!
Tomorrow I'll be leaving for Nice. Yes, it's France the top-secret destination I'll be visiting this month for the very first time. Gustavo was the only one who guessed it, but I want to thank everyone who took the time to leave a comment: Natalie, Melissa, Frank, Lindsay and Isabella. I really appreciate it. I do know why you guys were thinking about the United States or England. I show my love for English speaking countries at every given opportunity. However, I couldn't plan a trip to the States in such a short period of time so I picked France, since I'm currently learning la langue de l'amour and I've always wanted to visit la Cote D'Azur. (Cute rhyme, uh? :P ) … [Read more...] about How much French can you learn in 3 weeks?
Who says learning Spanish can't be all fun and games? Today I'm thrilled to share with you an excellent guest post written by the co-founder of ¡Dígame!. I’ll let her take the stage now and describe her own project. Sarah Allen is CTO of Mightyverse. She speaks Spanish, German, and English and loves learning languages. She's an expert on computer-human interaction and collaborative systems and is driven to design a platform that will make it fun for everyone to learn to communicate across culture and language. … [Read more...] about Learning Spanish is as fun as playing a game with ¡Dígame!