Music is not my strong suit

Music is not my strong suit. I can’t sing a note in key, I can’t read music and Billy Joel once told me not to clap along because I kept sh*tty time. (True story, although I don’t think he meant me personally... he said it to everyone at the concert.) But I love the...

How young is too young to teach children self-defence?

I am often asked if there is any point in teaching toddlers and pre-schoolers self-defence. “Surely,” these people say, “there is nothing a 3 year old can do to escape an abduction!” Well, I look at it from three angles: First of all, this kind of comment assumes that...

What is the best age for learning a language?

I am frequently asked about the best age to learn a language and usually there are two concerns from the person asking the question: 1) are they too old to learn a language, and 2) is their child too young to learn a language. Let’s start with the first concern: can...

Which language should we teach?

This is a great question and we can think about it in two ways depending on why you want to teach a language. The first and most exciting reason for teaching a language is because of the wide-ranging cognitive, social and linguistic benefits. Teaching a language,...

What’s so great about learning foreign language?

Learning a foreign language is one of life's greatest accomplishments and joys. It opens a world of possibilities for travel and career and helps us experience another culture in a more genuine and connected way. But, what I really love about language is the...