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
Don't give up learning, don't criticize yourself - just be kind to yourself, throw caution to the wind, and make mistakes. It's a marathon, not a sprint. more »
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 »