August Update

¡Hola a todxs! Perdón for the lateness, but here is the August Update (just a fortnight late!) I’ve been busy over the last month, setting up my online tutoring and language learning business. It is now live, but before I settle down and crack on with post-uni life in the real world, I’m going travelling [...]

July Update

Hello, everyone! I hope this monthly update finds you well. Thank you to those who voted in the poll the other regarding the future of Phil’s Blog. If you haven’t had a chance to do yet, I would be very grateful if you spared me a couple of minutes out of your day to answer [...]

“Do What You Love”

Last week, I listened to this podcast interviewing Gordon Smith-Durán. I’ve followed Gordon and Cynthia’s work at Lightspeed Spanish for many years now. It was my go-to resource for Beginner and Intermediate Spanish learning on Youtube, when I first started learning Spanish 9 years ago! I found this interview with Gordon when I was looking for the [...]

Good Preparation

A couple of weeks ago, I had the first of my final university exams. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.  Three years of studying. An unexpected year and a half of online university. Now, the time has come to make it count. It comes down to these nine exams I have [...]


I’ve recently bought a membership for a language learning app because it was on offer. I’ve never spent money on apps or courses before. I do think language learning can be done for free and in my experience, I’ve not needed to pay "extra" because I’ve paid for learning through travel or university. But it’s [...]


Metta is a term that comes from an ancient Indian language called Pali. It can be translated as "benevolence", "friendship", but is more commonly known as "loving kindness".  Here is a definition of the Buddhist practise: Metta means to care and wish well for another being without judging them, to accept them independently of agreeing [...]

Gift Of Technology

I’ve been studying for my upcoming languages exams and it got me thinking about the gift that technology can be. Studying modern languages means I use the internet, different means of communication and technology a lot. I wonder how different it must’ve been to learn languages years ago before online dictionaries, translators, subtitles and the [...]