Language Difficulties When You Travel – Episode 126 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Had a language faux pas on your travels? All the best of us have. I'm not committing mine to writing but if you listen to this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast you may hear about some. Dealing with a language barrier when you travel can sometimes be frustrating but on the whole I find it … [Read more...]

7 things I’ve learnt from homestays and language exchanges

It's easy to stay at a hotel when you travel. But it's way more interesting to stay in a homestay, get to know some local people and even get them to help you learn their language. Over the years I've had a bunch of homestay experiences, mostly in Russia and Germany, and hosted some … [Read more...]

Travel and Foreign Languages – Episode 64 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Language learning is just about one of my very favourite travel-related topics so I loved putting together this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast. I had an interesting chat with a bunch of travel bloggers at a dinner in Melbourne over the weekend about languages, and we all basically agreed … [Read more...]

Lace, Lego and Lola on Travel – Episode 30 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Back in Episode 20 I took it upon myself to make every tenth episode of the podcast a bit different. Sometimes I chat with people about something really fascinating but it just doesn't really work to put it together with chats with other people - unless I do this, and have a fabulous mishmash of an … [Read more...]

How to be Bilingual – Episode 26 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I'm sure I'm not the only traveller who has sometimes wished they could transplant a microchip into their brain and suddenly be able to fluently speak another language. Instead, I've spent most of my life slogging away at learning German, as well as having a go at Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 10: How to Cope in Another Language

Figuring out how to communicate in a language you just don't speak can be both stressful and hilarious when we travel. Personally I usually find it hilarious, but there are certainly some times when it can feel frustrating or difficult. And that's why I wanted to talk about some of the different … [Read more...]

German kids’ books: How can I teach my children German?

I was desperate to find children's books in German. I really wanted my son to be able to speak German. Back when he was a baby, here I was, an Australian living in Australia, able to speak fluent German, and my son's father is German. Despite that, it's hard to help a kid grow up bilingual and I … [Read more...]

German books for preschoolers: Our favourite “Ich hab einen Freund …” Bücher

As a non-native speaker living outside of Germany, it's not easy to find good German books for kids. And as my son gets older, his book requirements change and it just gets trickier - since I have to buy German books online (apart from our occasional visit to Germany) I spend ages researching Amazon … [Read more...]

Life as an ESL teacher: When Pedro tried to cheat at his English test …

Some of my very favourite multicultural experiences have come from my years spent working as an ESL teacher, both abroad and here in Australia. Teaching English to students from every continent not only got me wondering just how many continents there are, it also had me regularly wondering if my … [Read more...]

How to get brave enough to speak to a local in a foreign language

Some people grow up knowing two or even more languages and thinking nothing of it. In fact, lots and lots of people in the world grow up this way. But in English-speaking countries, we tend to be a bit limited in our language thinking. After all, the "world language" is English (or so we think - and … [Read more...]