Ola Jagielska is an ESL teacher (you can find her on http://englishforthebusy.com), language enthusiast and co-author of this blog. She speaks seven languages and is striving for more. She loves travelling, reading and drinking good coffee.
A few weeks ago, I came across an article that claimed non-native speakers can’t get a job teaching English in Vietnam. As a Polish national currently teaching in Vietnam for a global language school, I’m a living proof that it’s […]
Foreign language mistakes can be caused by many things. But many of these mistakes are characteristic of a given nationality, or rather the student’s first language. In this post I write about the most common English mistakes made by Chinese […]
Everyone has their own idea of what dumplings are, and for many this might be Chinese dumplings. But there are many kinds of dumplings around the world. Although I, personally, will always be most fond of the dumplings from my […]
Let me start by saying that I don’t think it’s strictly necessary to know your students’ first language to be a good ESL teacher. In fact, I know a lot of excellent ESL teachers who don’t speak languages other than […]
italki has been a part of my life for quite some time. According to my account, I’ve been a member since 2013. To be honest, I don’t really remember when and how I heard about it. But I started using […]
I’ve always loved pancakes and they’re probably the first food I learned how to cook. Every Friday we would have pancakes: sometimes for dinner, sometimes for supper. Cooked first by my Dad who passed the recipes down to my sisters […]
HSKK stands for Hanyu Shuiping Kouyu Kaoshi (Chinese Standard Speaking Exam) and it’s the spoken Chinese proficiency test. The exam has three levels: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. HSKK Intermediate is similar in level to HSK 4, so I decided to […]
Where do you think this photo was taken? No, it’s not Easter Island, but Poland, the Arkady Fiedler museum (Polish language only). As a child, I went there many times. Both my mum and my grandma really liked Arkady Fiedler’s […]
The Add1Challenge was one of the major factors in overcoming my shyness when it comes to speaking languages (known as speaking block). You see, there are some people that have zero problems when starting to speak in a foreign language. […]
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