Are You Missing Out? Yes, and Here’s Why It Really Doesn’t Matter

[2 minute read] (ESL learners – click on the bolded words to see explanations and notes. Try the exercise at the bottom after! πŸ™‚ ) If you are one of those people who constantly worry that they are missing out… If you peruse social media like a cat ready to pounce and frantically call up all your…

Five Ways to Stay Motivated While Learning A Language

ESL learners: Have you ever studied new English vocabulary by reading an article about studying English? Well, now you can say you have! Click on the bolded words to see explanations and notes. Try the exercise at the bottom after to retain what you’ve learned! πŸ™‚ ) I’ll admit it: I’m a language freak. Heck, I’ll shout it…

Why Envy Is Actually a Good Thing

[2 minute read] (ESL learners – click on the bolded words to see explanations and notes. Try the exercise at the bottom after! πŸ™‚ ) Envy. The ol’ green-eyed monster. It’s been berated, dismissed, and shunned in every possible way, from its aforementioned nickname, to its inclusion as one of the seven deadly sins. Granted, envy does lead…

Look for Love Like You Look For Music

[2 minute read] (ESL learners – click on the bolded words to see explanations and notes. Try the exercise at the bottom after! πŸ™‚ ) Love can be found in a million different ways, in a million different places. From dating apps to standing in line at the supermarket, and every place and moment in between. With…

How to Become Better at Anything

(ESL learners – click on the bolded words to see explanations and notes. Try the exercise at the bottom after! πŸ™‚ ) There are a great many things that humans strive for, but they can probably all be summarized under a single common heading: development. The unrelenting desire to improveβ€”to be better, stronger, richer, happierβ€”is the propeller…

Life Is Not An All-You-Can-Eat Buffet… Stop Treating It Like One

(ESL learners – click on the bolded words to see explanations and notes. Try the exercise at the bottom after! πŸ™‚ ) When you start getting really into self-development content, something very interesting starts to happen. You start to hear the same message everywhere. Across different podcasts, books, articles, posts… even if they’re from wildly different fields….

The One Key To Learning A Language

(ESL learners – click on the bolded words to see explanations and notes. Try the exercise at the bottom after! πŸ™‚ ) One of the most common questions my ESL students ask me is this: “I want to improve my English… how should I go about it? Should I watch movies? Read books? Buy a grammar guide? What…

How Writing Can Heal Your Heart

(ESL learners – click on the bolded words to see explanations and notes. Try the exercise at the bottom after! πŸ™‚ ) I’m not a professional writer. I write this blog for fun, in my free time, and I don’t expect to get any return from it other than the fulfillment of helping ESL learners and fellow…

The Agonies Of A Translator

(ESL learners – click on the bolded words to see explanations and notes. Try the exercise at the bottom after! πŸ™‚ ) How much time can you spend agonizing over two words? The answer may both surprise and amuse you.  If you are or know a translator, you will know that this time can go up to…

You Have To Start To Be Great

(ESL learners – click on the bolded words to see explanations and notes. Try the exercise at the bottom after!  πŸ™‚ ) A few days ago, I was in a car, driving back from Milan to Genova after spending 6 days in New York. I was terribly jet-lagged (my brain thought it was 6 in the morning),…