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),…

3 Things You Can Learn From Free Online Webinars

(ESL learners – click on the bolded words to see explanations and notes. πŸ™‚ ) This week, something odd happened. Amidst a schedule jam-packed with classes, social appointments, and to-dos, I actually found some free time. So what did I do? I lay on the couch and stared off into space. Then I clicked around…

How to Stop Wasting Time

(ESL learners – click on the bolded words to see explanations and notes. Try the exercise at the bottom after! πŸ™‚ ) Hello, fellow procrastinator. This is not your average “how to” post. I’m not going to tell you to read emails while brushing your teeth, buy agendas or download calendars. I’m not going to…

The Crossed Wires of Traveling

(ESL learners – click on the bolded words to see explanations and notes. Try the exercise at the bottom after! πŸ™‚ ) Everywhere we look, everyone wants to travel. Billboards advertise smiling families slipping down a water slide in an amusement park underneath a cloudless sky. The internet is practically bursting with travel bloggers, influencers, ambassadors,…