I want the best teacher ever

Reading around the web, I realize several students struggle to find a suitable teacher for their needs. I stress this point: suitable does not mean good. Compromising is vital. I summarize here the most important factors to choose (or not) a teacher: 1)The teacher has to know the subject what he/she is teaching. If a […]

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Posted on October 30, 2017 by   Language Covered: Students, Teachers | 

How To Curse In Arabic

How to curse in Arabic It’s funny, because when I think of Arabic I certainly don’t think of curse words. Maybe that stems from the fact that written Arabic is so different from English, or that I had never visited an Arabic-speaking country until earlier this year. ‘How to curse in Arabic’ actually never even […]

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Posted on October 27, 2017 by   Language Covered: Arabic | 


Warning: contains coarse language I knew it! You read “coarse” and you are curious about this article. So, pardon my French and keep reading it. From the back cover: After centuries of war we Europeans are trying to get along together, but we keep treading on each other’s toes. Tread on an English toe and […]

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Posted on October 15, 2017 by   Language Covered: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Students, Teachers | 

How To Curse In Portuguese

Portugal is increasingly recognized as one of the top destinations for expats, retirees, and digital nomads. The country, and especially its capital of Lisbon, are increasingly popular with tourists. Down in South America, the beaches and parties of Brazil continue to draw nearly two million tourists each year. Are you planning a trip to a […]

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Posted on October 6, 2017 by   Language Covered: Portuguese | 

Russian language: some tips by an expert

According to Professor Viktor Shaklein, who has been teaching for 40 years the language of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, learning Russian is not that easy but not impossible, of course. So I decided to translate some excerpts from his recent interview appeared on this website. His answers provide very useful tips about how starting to learn […]

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Posted on September 30, 2017 by   Language Covered: Russian | 

How To Curse In Italian

I’m not sure about you, but when I think of Italy I think of the food. I think of the romance of the old cities. I think of the charm of the Amalfi Coast and of passing afternoons on a café terrace overlooking the sea, or perhaps an old town square. The Italian language comes […]

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Posted on September 21, 2017 by   Language Covered: Italian | 

How To Curse In German

Over the course of your life, you’ll likely encounter a few opinion-based statements that are passed off as fact in mainstream society. ‘The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock bands of all time,’ for instance, is a statement that is simply hard to argue even for those who aren’t fans of the band. […]

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Posted on September 15, 2017 by   Language Covered: German | 

Step by step and you will learn it!

    Recently, I was in a conference and some students asked me: Matteo, are there any steps we should follow to learn a foreign language properly?  I think about it. My conclusion is: there are no official steps to reach, for example, an intermediate level in a language. But, surely, there are some steps […]

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Posted on September 15, 2017 by   Language Covered: German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian | 

Live Lingua Tutors Helping Refugees Learn English

Live Lingua is giving back by helping refugees learn English. In the teaching world, there are ample opportunities for a professional to use their passion and skillset for the greater human good. Teacher Indie has highlighted this exemplary case of generosity with their new series, Online Teachers Making An Impact. Today, we’re highlighting an extraordinary partnership […]

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Posted on September 11, 2017 by   Language Covered: English | 

Watching video (for Advanced Learners)

In the previous article, we questioned if the potato couch method (aka lying down on a couch to watch passively movies or any kind of video in your target language, maybe eating junk food) helps your learning experience. We keep going here, focusing on advanced learners   Advanced Level If you use subtitles, use them […]

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Posted on August 30, 2017 by   Language Covered: Uncategorized |