Author Archive | Michelle Baumgartner

16 Super CEFR Placement Tests That Speak for Themselves


Do you remember that “Kids in the Hall” skit about the shopkeeper who speaks no English?

If you don’t, feel free to take a peek. I’ll wait.


Oh, good! You’re back.

You can imagine the frustration of …

Learn a Language Through Music with 6 Awesome Lyrics Sites


You just can’t stop humming that tune.

It’s an earworm. And you’ve tried everything to make it stop.

Worse yet, it’s a song you heard while watching a foreign film. And you only caught some of the words.…

Easy Language Books: 6 Places to Find Your Inner Kid


Ah, to be a kid again.

To read picture books… and not get teased for it.

To pretend you’re Nancy Drew or one of the Hardy Boys—or some other world-famous, super-cool, yet surprisingly humble teen detective—as you bravely …

6 Spots to Pick Up Texts in the Bilingual Parallel Universe


Some texts lead parallel lives.

It’s almost like they have a doppelgänger in a parallel universe somewhere.

In one universe, they’re written in English. Or French. Or German. Or Spanish… or in any of a dozen other languages.

Then, …

Language Audiobook Jackpot! 5 Sound Sources for Learners


Way back before the advent of television…

…imaginations were sparked by stories told through nothing but the human voice and simple sound effects.

Listeners imitated the iconic performances, from the demanding lilt of Mrs. Aldrich to the maniacal cackle of