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Just listen to yourself! How reliable is your still, small voice?

You’ve probably come across that sound-bite: “Be mindful what you say to yourself, because you’re listening”, or words to that effect.  It turns out that there is some truth in this.  Saying something negative, often enough, to yourself can make small changes to the brain’s chemistry, and alter your mood, […] Read more »

The wisdom of teenagers: life lessons from 42 special people

I’m teaching in a lovely summer school at the moment.  We have 42 Argentinian schoolgirls, bursting with energy and desperate to absorb every last drop of Englishness that they can.  They are a joy to be with.  When we were talking about collective nouns the other day, I told them […] Read more »