Monthly Archives: May 2013

5 Language Learning Myths Busted

  Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Well I’m sure that myth has been broken over and over. The same goes for learning languages. Here are 5 language learning myth busters! You Can’t Learn a Language … Continue reading

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5 Incredible Ideas for learning Spanish

Are you thinking of Spanish as a second language and keep postponing the idea day after day? You are not alone! Because so many people who genuinely love the idea but don’t know where to start. Some of them are … Continue reading

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What’s the best way to teach languages?

How do students best pick up languages? Martin Williams talks to academics, teachers and multi-lingual speakers to find out about the science of learning a language I love you in 311 languages: how can teachers help their students learn languages … Continue reading

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My best languages lesson: putting Spanish into practice with online books

Knowing that creative lessons are the ones that stick, José Picardo gets his Spanish class to write and produce their own virtual stories My best languages lesson: Harry and Mukul are really proud of the online Spanish book they created … Continue reading

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Mistakes in learning foreign language

Admittedly, learning a foreign language is not easy. There is a myth that intelligent people better while learning the language. Indeed, the ability of language learning is influenced by daily habits formed through discipline and self-awareness. Yet learning a foreign … Continue reading

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Thinking in a Foreign Language: How to Do It and Why

By Sam Gendreau Thinking in a foreign language is an important step in the long road that is fluency in a foreign language, but it’s a step that, for some reason, many language learners tend to ignore. Thinking in the … Continue reading

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How to teach … languages creatively

The Guardian Teacher Network has plenty of resources to help you inject some passion into your language lessons Emily Drabble The Guardian The Eiffel Tower, Paris: inject some passion into your language lessons. Photograph: Eurostar With languages becoming compulsory in … Continue reading

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Stephen Krashen on Language Acquisition

An interesting video on language acquisition.

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What Can Foreign Language Learners Teach Writers?

This guest post is by Write Practice Regular Afshin Mohammadi. Afshin is a writer and foreign language teacher in Iran. You can follow Afshin on Google+. I recently presented a paper on how creative writing exercises appear to be useful … Continue reading

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‘Unborn babies can learn languages’: study

A Swedish-American team of researchers claims that babies begin learning their native tongue when they are still in the womb. “We showed that the foetus during the last ten weeks of the pregnancy not only listens to but remembers and … Continue reading

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Learn Chinese Promptly

Image Credits: Flickr There have been recent debates on the best and easiest ways that people can use in order to learn foreign languages quickly. This is due to globalization and the need to work in a foreign land far … Continue reading

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Learning Chinese is Fun

There’s no question about it, Chinese is a difficult language to learn. And you are right to tell yourself that you can get by in China without any Chinese. But before you take the easy way out, take a moment … Continue reading

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10 Free Foreign Language Learning Resources

  Start Learning A Foreign Language Today. Looking for a way to boost your brain power? Why not learn a foreign language? Here’s a few from great suggestions courtesy of inkwellscholars.org. Research from the National Education Association shows that speaking … Continue reading

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Benefits of Learning Spanish as Second Language

by Vladimir Bestic For millions of people, Spanish is their mother language, and millions more speak Spanish as a second language. Apart from the fact that this romance language is fun to learn, there are many benefits associated with learning … Continue reading

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Child’s Second Language: Advantage, Distraction?

By Mona A. Moneim Research has proven that a child is ready to learn a second language since their early months! You decide to teach your child one or two foreign languages and one day you find him coming over … Continue reading

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How foetuses learn language

By Jane O’Brien BBC News, Washington Listening in: foetuses in the last ten weeks of pregnancy can process human speech Babies are born with the ability to recognise familiar sounds and language patterns, according to new research. A glimpse into … Continue reading

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ShaoLan: Learn to read Chinese … with ease!

For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the … Continue reading

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What does English sound like to foreigners?

Ever imitated a language by speaking total gibberish? C’mon. We’ve all done it. Any world traveler has invariably been faced with that awkward language-learning moment of trying to fake an accent. Unfortunately, reshaping the very motions of your mouth is … Continue reading

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European and Asian languages traced back to single mother tongue

Eurasiatic languages from Portugal to Siberia form ‘superfamily’ with root in southern Europe 15,000 years ago, scientists claim The words for bark in at least four of the languages studied were found to have a common root. Photograph: Alamy Languages … Continue reading

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A strategy for language learning

lingosteve has some interesting videos on language learning

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Could the United States become bilingual?

Could the U.S. become bilingual? (shutterstock) Luis Clemens in his well-crafted, and truly thought-provoking post in CodeSwitch (April 28, 2013), hits us hard with the question: “Will Spanish survive as a language widely spoken by Latinos in the United States?” … Continue reading

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We Have ALL Five Thai Tones in English Too!

By Tod Daniels I’m always running into foreigners learning Thai (or giving excuses on why they can’t learn Thai) who say, “I can’t hear the tones. English doesn’t have tones”. Well, sorry to burst your bubble or take away yet … Continue reading

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Good things that come from studying a foreign language

Hey guys! This week we have a guest post from Billy, hailing from www.gobillykorean.com. Billy initially caught my attention with his professional-looking, entertaining, and instructive YouTube videos on how to learn Korean. Billy speaks Korean fluently, a language he started … Continue reading

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Parallel influences in language

To paraphrase John Donne: No language is an island, entire of itself. And the death of a language diminishes all of us because languages are part of mankind. In more ways than one, languages are intertwined and not one escapes … Continue reading

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English is trying to colonize world languages

Through illegal immigration, English is trying to colonize world languages, especially the variety of Spanish spoken in the Iberian Peninsula. (Shutterstock) Through illegal immigration, English is trying to colonize world languages, especially the variety of Spanish spoken in the Iberian … Continue reading

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