A poem for the New Year: “Ring Out, Wild Bells” by Lord Alfred Tennyson

Last time we had a poem by Lord Alfred Tennyson here on the blog, it was his lovely short piece “The Owl”. In this post I’d like to present “Ring Out, Wild Bells”: it’s a classic New Year’s Eve poem, filled with good wishes and hopeful pleas. First published in 1850, it addresses everything from …

New Year’s resolutions for language learners


Beginning of a new year is the perfect time to reassess one’s priorities and set personal goals for the coming twelve months. I’ve been doing my New Year’s resolutions for many years, always writing them down on the first page of my annual planner. Looking back, most of my past resolutions were quite unrealistic (lose 10 kg; learn to play an instrument; master another foreign language…), but over time I realised that resolutions only make sense if they are realistic and manageable; otherwise, they are just a litany of nice but unattainable wishes.

In this post, I’ll offer some advice for language learners: how to define your personal resolutions and use them as an effective learning tool.


Look back at the previous year and think: in which areas did you make the most progress (vocabulary, grammar, listening skills etc.)? Is there something that continues to be a problem…

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The Weekend Listener #14: End-of-Year Review (2022)

At the very end of 2022, in this post I will present an overview of all the podcasts included in the The Weekend Listener series throughout the past year. In case you’ve missed any of the previous instalments, you’ll find all the listening tips here below, sorted by the following categories: language literature learning English …