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
When learning a language, immersion is ideal and practice is paramount. more »
Think of learning a language a bit like climbing a tall but not-too-steep mountain. The first part is the hardest: it's all bad weather and slog. more »
In this cool Valentine's Day cartoon, we help you avoid a catastrophe and along the way pick up some cool, useful (and funny) French expressions. more »
Love to ski or snowboard? Love learning French? Why not do both at the same time? If that sounds like heaven, Alpine French School might be a dream come true. more »
Read and listen to a version of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol," adapted for beginning French students. more »
One way to jumpstart your language learning journey is spend some time absorbing the sounds of the language: just listen without trying to understand. more »
There's a lot of confusion about fluency, but there are two myths in particular that lead to many students abandoning their language-learning aspirations. more »
Hurrah! By popular demand, we’ve restored the micro kwizzes at the bottom of lessons to help you test your French. more »
¡Hola amigos! We’re super excited to announce we’ve launched our second language, Kwiziq Spanish! It’s currently available in beta*. Like Kwiziq French, it is free to register. What’s more, all new users signing up to Kwiziq Spanish will be given Premium… more »
Students who take the time to understand grammar, including the jargon, are the ones who sail ahead and succeed. more »