I think I have always been a ‘classic’ language learner. I have no extra ‘features’, I didn’t grow up abroad, my parents are no diplomats. I’m just a Hungarian, I grew up in Russian and German cartoons.

I consider myself an extrovert person, I like to communicate and usually I’m curious about people and the foreign culture around me. English was always part of my life and my second foreign language, Spanish, became my favorite language because it’s sheer melody. …


(music Ennio Moriccone)

Note: the names in the text are not the real ones

During my first exam period as Ombudsman for about 1200 students of the Teacher Training Department, I had to deal with several problems. One of the most popular reasons (excuses?) were sickness and the question to do the examinations at another moment because of a court case, a funeral or lack of courage. Those cases were easy to handle but cost me time and (mostly administrative) work. I think everybody could have done that job. …


Every October, for the past 10 years, the Intercultural Centre Miguelim opens its doors to the school of Italian for foreign women.

My class is composed by 25 women of different age and national groups, and 4 teachers: Maria Stella — one of our long-standing volunteers, a truly creative genie — Gabriella — a former teacher of Latin and Greek — Simona — a young intern from the language faculty — and me.

This year, all the teachers of the school collectively decided to put ourselves on the line right from the start and briefly tell, with the help of…


a Photo by blogger Teifion

I have mastered the Dutch language bit by bit and people say that my Dutch is better than average. I do not have any accent and sometimes I get compliments for that. I always answer that most Austrians learn to speak Dutch accent-free because they have soft consonants like the Dutch. For example, Austrian and Dutch ‘t’s’ sound the same: a short ‘d’ with the tongue closer to the front teeth, a mild burst, not like the German ‘tch’ which explodes from the teeth, no tongue involved. Vowels are also similar: Austrians - like the Dutch - call an egg…


There are hundreds of occassions where peope work together in a team: they go play football, play in a band or write a paper together.

I really like to work in a team, but sometimes I meet people who prefer to split the tasks, and in the end each of them add their part to the end product. In some other cases (for example in design thinking workshops) we start together, think together, create together, we intend to reach common understanding.

The difference between cooperation and collaboration

Collaboration and cooperation are often used interchangebly, but they represent a fundamenytally different ways of contributing to a group.


The bell rings. The noise calms down and fifteen suntanned 11-year-olds enter the classroom. The holiday’s just finished and they still have sparkles in their eyes. So eager and willing to learn. We haven’t seen one another for two months and I’m very curious how they spent their holiday. What catches my attention immediately is … the silence. Wow…what happened to them? Have they already matured?

The peace and quiet is very promising and we get down to work the very moment they sit down and unpack their books and notebooks. They look so sweet and lovely that I literally…


As this was my turn to write here, I had a clear idea to talk about Graphic Facilitation. How thinking in pictures can also help you to learn a language. I planned this blog entry to be more professional, but then a story came into my way and my blog turned from professional to personal. But it still brings you into the magic world of Graphic Facilitation because it is so strongly a part of my life.

I am a mother of boys: 2 years old Ruben and 4 years old Samuel. It has been a great journey to grow…


Funny images on the internet, artworks with texts, gif videos… yes, these are memes. But what’s a meme in real?

The notion of memes originates from Richard Dawkins, a British evolutionary biologist from the 1970’s. He says that some evolutionary principles can be applied in explaining the spread of ideas. In biology the attribution of creatures are set by its genes, just like in a culture, where the nature of thoughts is also determined by smaller units, which he named memes. Memes are replicators (they forward thoughts/information) just like genes.

From a less academic perspective memes are units of ideas, behaviours or styles that spread person to person. They are small parts of information that can be interpreted in different…


I do not know how things work in other countries, but in Romania, for many people of my generation, knowing English was like a challenge.

Coming from a culture that was very attached to French, I hardly replaced “je taime” (sic!) with “I love you” — and I could not have done it if the times had not dictated it. Everything was possible because of the way the social, cultural and scientific fields evolved.

The academic preparation period almost passed, therefore our only chance of studying English was… to act like a Guerilla.

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