Despite the very Welsh name, Gruff is actually half French. Nowadays, he's a tech entrepreneur (and some-time novelist) but he used to be a physicist at Imperial College before getting hooked on inventing things. He has a special interest in language learning, speaks five languages to varying degrees of fluency and he often blogs about language learning, science, and technology.
As well as co-founding Kwiziq
, he is the author the Amazon best-selling SF thriller, The Looking Glass Club
and the inventor of the Exertris gaming exercise-bike
, a free online tool that makes drawing flow charts and relationship diagrams as quick and easy as describing them in pidgin English.
Posts by Gruff
Studies from psychology show why carelessly speaking can be a dangerous French grammar practice and why you need to test yourself with quality exercises. more »
We've eliminated a bug and are getting ready to releae Kwiziq scoring v 4.0. more »
Read and listen to a version of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol," adapted for beginning French students. more »
Taking an online French test is one of the most effective things you can do to learn the French language. more »
There's an exciting body of research being published that backs the learning benefits of taking regular "low-stakes" French tests (quizzes). more »
Whatever your dreams related to French may be, setting goals is one of the most effective tools in your learning arsenal. more »
CEFR standardises proficiency definitions for European languages. This actions-oriented approach analyses communication skills in real-world situations. more »
A compelling reason to test your French regularly is to catch mistakes you're not aware you're making. more »
How well do you write in French? Find out with these self-marked French writing challenges. more »
The short answer is as often as possible. Yes, even daily. It's most effective just after you've learned something new. more »