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!
I'm excited to launch the very first giveaway of the blog! Do you remember my article about FlashSticks? If you haven't read it yet, what are you waiting for? Check it out and then come back here! Okay, by now you should know how amazing the FlashSticks post-it notes are and I'm sure you won't miss the opportunity to win a pack of them! … [Read more...] about Are you learning Italian? Join this giveaway to win amazing prizes!
Summer is here. The temperatures are already pretty high in Rome. The sun always shines and lights my way when I go out. I love the feeling of sunrays on my skin. I love the smell of flowers all around me. Rome is as magnificent as ever, but it’s even nicer to see the Spanish Steps covered with colourful and bright flowers. They give that extra special touch to the square. … [Read more...] about Summer plans – Where will I be heading to?
Today I’m happy to host a very special language learner on Runaway Daydreamer. His name is Francis Boscoe. He's currently learning Italian as his first foreign language, but in this article he will talk about how peculiar is his own language: English! I'm pretty sure you'll love this guest post, just like I did! Over to you Francis! … [Read more...] about The English language is not fair!
Raise your hand if you've never had difficulties in memorizing vocabulary in a foreign language. ... Yeah, thought so. There are words that don’t stick no matter what you do. You keep on learning and learning them until you get so frustrated that you stop making the effort. Wait! There's no need to get discouraged. Learning vocabulary doesn't have to be a painful and boring process. On the contrary, it can be fun and addictive. … [Read more...] about How To Make Vocabulary Stick
I was inspired to write this post by the experience of a Canadian actress, Lisa Ray. She recently took a trip to Italy and fell completely in love with the country. It is always exciting to see someone opens his or her heart to new people, new places, new cultures. That's what she did. She embraced the Italian lifestyle fully and completely. She left a piece of herself in every city she visited: Rome, Capri, Pisa, Florence, Venice and so on. It is pretty clear that she enjoyed la dolce vita since she always had something nice to say about every place she discovered and explored. … [Read more...] about How does one become Italian? Is it a matter of citizenship or just a state of mind?
I’m celebrating today! 23 years have passed since I first began this freaking-crazy adventure that is called life. Time flies. It surely does. I have 2 years left now to achieve one of my goals, which is to become quadrilingual by the age of 25. You see, rather than jumping from one language to another, I prefer focusing on one at a time. … [Read more...] about Birthday Girl!
I started learning English in school, at a very young age. I was a little one and didn't know a thing about language learning and fluency. Growing up, my interest for English intensified pretty quickly because I started watching American TV series and following American and British singers. I'm still into that stuff, as you can read from my About Me page. However, I do recognize that I made some mistakes in the past: … [Read more...] about Don’t make the same mistake I did.
Lack of motivation (or loss of it) causes most language learners to quit. It doesn’t matter if you’re clever, have a good memory, or amazing materials: you won’t be successful in becoming fluent if you quit. That’s why I stress about the importance of keeping track of your progress. You may do it through a language journal or something else. It’s essential, though, to have a clear vision of why are you learning a language and what are you doing to achieve this goal. Speaking of goals, learning a language is a pretty big one, isn’t it? It may be intimidating to look at it. It is also a pretty vague goal. Most polyglots suggest that it is better to break it down into achievable mini-goals. I agree with them and today I'm going to explain you why. “I'd like to learn Spanish one … [Read more...] about Are you SMART when it comes to language learning?