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The ‘Active’ Language

The ‘Active’ Language

In this blog post I talk about the inner workings of a language and the fact that we ‘act’ with every word we utter! 🙂



It is really important to understand the inner workings of a language, the differences between the way the languages are structured, the way the language ‘thinks’, and the attitude of the language: elements of a language that we hardly talk about while teaching-learning it.


I think it is very difficult to learn a foreign language without starting to comprehend the history, the cultural thinking, and the specific ideas  all that’s behind the language. It is because languages ACT!


At university I read a book that made me think about how a language truly works. The book I read was How to Do Things with Words: Second Edition (The William James Lectures) Paperback – September 1, 1975 by J. L. Austin (Author) See the video links to a series of lectures on the subject at the end of this post. Learn more about the book here (click)


While reading this book I understood that a language is much more than a bunch of words that we struggle to remember and make sense of!


As language teachers we often talk about learning the ‘living language’. But we rarely discuss what it actually covers. Learning the ‘living language’ means becoming familiar with everything that the language ‘does’. A language does not only express ideas. With speaking words we also carry out acts that have impact on our lives and that of others.


I give you an example.


During the marriage ceremony, you actually ‘ get married’  by saying ‘I DO’. These two words bond you to another person in body and soul until ‘death do us part’.


If you have heard of affirmations, I am sure you understand the above. When you repeat your daily affirmation’s you affirm ‘good’ in your life, you ignite different parts of your consciousness to act in accordance with the ‘messages’ you convey to yourself through the affirmations. 


When you daily affirm that ‘I can learn something with easy and joy!’  your mind gets the message and start creating the new pathways in your brain that are aligned with this message.











Crossing the bridge

Crossing the bridge

In this blogpost I talk about the importance of mastering the courage to cross the bridge of uncertainty.


“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus



Crossing the bridge over the river of the unknown is challenging, saying the least. Most people who study a foreign language never cross this bridge. I call it the bridge of uncertainty. These students never manage to leave their mother-tongue behind. They keep on translating ‘into’ the new language from the original language.


During the language learning process we all cross a bridge from our mother-tongue over to the other language. We must leave the safety of a known territory for the unknown one. While crossing the bridge we become more and more familiar with the new land, it is part of the process. We must have faith and confidence in ourselves that whatever it takes we will arrive to the other side.


As we are crossing the bridge, the ‘homeland’ moves into the background, we start feeling a distance now, and so we find ourselves outside of our comfort zone.


Leaving our original language behind means exactly the way it sound: if you want to speak a foreign language, you must leave your original language behind completely. By crossing the bridge, you no longer think in your original language, neither are you the same person who started this journey.


When you start thinking in the new language without translating from your original language, you have arrived. You have crossed the bridge of uncertainty.


From now on, you can cross the bridge back and forth any time you like without being outside of your comfort zone. You have acquired a new language completely.


If you want to ‘ lean’  English with me, get in touch by clicking on the pictures below.




Както най-често се случва, децата учат английски като посещават някакъв курс или в средата, в която учат – училището или детската градина. Така беше и със сина ми, докато ходеше на детска градина. Нещата се промениха, когато навърши 6 години и започна да посещава предучилищна група в едно училище. Там вече нямаше уроци, часове или каквото и да било на английски. Търсехме начин да запазим знанията натрупани до момнета и да ги развием и надградим. Имаше няколко варианта, но за нас най-подходящ и желан беше възможността да учи език онлайн с Илдико, заедно с едно негово приятелче.


Познавах Илдико и знаех, че мога да разчитам на подкрепата и професионализма ѝ. В курса по образователен коучинг, който тя водеше и който съм завършила, ми беше показал възможностите ѝ. Въпреки притеснението ѝ, че децата са в предучилищна възраст и не пишат все още, тя намери начин да ги обучава и на тях да им е интересно и забавно.


За всеки урок подбира тема и материали, които да са им интересни и разнообразни. Чрез различни активности и упражнения успява да ги увлече в процеса, да им е забавно и да запомнят материала, който им поднася.


Децата рисуват, лепят, изрязват и оцветяват, докато повтарят думи и изрази. Сътворяват света около тях на английски и неусетно, дори и за тях, започват да употребяват думите и да пеят песничките.


В един момент сина ми започна да ме кара да му пускам песните, които слушат в часа по английски, защото му харесва да си ги пее и защото му е забавно.


Заедно с езика, децата научават и неща от ежедневието, разбират интересни факти за света, който ги заобикаля, забавляват се и израстват.


Радвам се, че синът ми има възможността да учи именно с Илдико и вярвам, че това е ценен опит за децата, за мен, а надявам се и за Илдико също.


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Darling! :)

Darling! :)

In this post I discuss the importance of playful learning and how to do it.

My little 6-year old students call me ‘darling’ because I call their mum ‘darling’. Children copy what they see and hear, and follow the examples.

Adults should do the same. Why don’t they? Because they feel silly.


The boys give me so much joy! I love teaching them. They are funny and serious at the same time. They are serious about their participation in the class and it is really sweet and funny the way they go about it.  🙂


They are Bulgarian and though they studied English before, they do not speak English. Hence the classes. One of the boys’ mum is a friend of mine whom I call ‘darling’.  So, they boys assumed that this is how you call each other and when they want my attention, they call me ‘darling’. I just love it! 🙂


It is amazing to observe how quickly and easily they pick up the language just by listening to it and playing with it. They cannot read or write yet, so all we do is watching videos, making art and craft, or doing some other activity. They learn through creative play.


The reason, I believe, behind the longer time invested in learning a foreign language for an adult than for a child is that children perceive the language classes as fun and games. They don’t see it as something they have to suffer to obtain. They participate with expectancy and enthusiasm.


It seems that adults lose their ability to play as they grow up. Picasso said it well:


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”


Learning a language – learning anything – should be a fun, exciting and an awe-inspiring process. Einstein said that


“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”


What it means to me is that if we want our eyes (minds) to stay open to the new, we must find the way to stay in the present, enjoy what is in front of us, participate with enthusiasm and release expectations of self and others. As we allow ourselves, like children, just to be and do, we simply find that learning becomes more like play and fun rather than hard work.


If you want to ‘ lean’  English with me, get in touch by clicking on the pictures below.

Learning thru creative play with KIDZ

Learning thru creative play with KIDZ

In this post I share about my experiences of teaching two six year old children.


I have been teaching two boys for a few months now. They both are 6 years old, and they don’t read or write yet.


OMG! Aren’t they the sweetest?! They are funny and engaging. They have no idea what is going on most of the time because their English is not strong enough to understand me, but they are up for it!

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Language is a marvellous thing!

Language is a marvellous thing!


“Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again.” F. P. Jones

Franklin P. Jones (1908 – 1980) was a Philadelphia reporter, public relations executive and humorist. He wrote quips and quotes that entertained readers of major publications for years.

He was known nationally during the 1940s and 50s for his column “Put it this Way” in the Saturday Evening Post. “Put it this Way” set a record as the longest continuously published feature in the Saturday Evening Post.

“It’s a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water.”