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Have you ever wondered why it is that children can pick up a foreign language much easier than us, adults? Why it is that when they arrive in a new country with no previous knowledge of the language at all, typically within a year they start speaking it, as opposed to us adults having to pore over grammar books and consciously work on...
During the many (over 20) years of experience I've had as an EFL tutor, I've come across many students struggling with pronunciation. Some of them were shy/lacked confidence/hindered by a strong “L1”(first language) – interference. Some were adamant that they were incapable of producing certain English sounds. Well, I firmly...
Many students are mystified when they hear connected English speech for the first time. They may struggle to understand anything at all, even though they have an Upper Intermediate Level and may well have passed the requisite exams to prove this in their country. Struggling with pronunciation is not just a social problem for people...
British Business English Editor's PickThe rise of English to become the global business language has been a surprise. When I was at school we were taught French and were given the choice to learn Spanish or German. German, it was thought, would become the trade language of Europe was Germany was the biggest economy. This was back in the late 80s, and still, or course,...
5 Tips to Help You Learn Chinese Vocabulary Editor's PickVocabulary plays a fundamental role in mastering a new foreign language. Having a good command of words allows you to further develop the all-round skills of the target language. Learning Mandarin Chinese is no exception. Here are some tips that may help you learn Chinese words more quickly and efficiently. 1.Create your own flash...
It can lead to many problems and frustrations: at beginner level it can cause complete misunderstanding and at advanced level it can frustrate learners who might want to sound like a native speaker, and then there are some problems in between. Pronunciation is a vital part of learning any language and depending on your first language...
My decision to go into one-to-one teaching was not only based on wanting to be independent from any institutions, I also felt I had become less productive in the classroom. Preparing my lessons was easy, teaching them was hardly a challenge and though my students were enthusiastic about my lessons and my teaching, I felt like I...
Speech coaching for professionals By Simon Gfeller Voice teacher / Accent softening coach / Presentation skills specialist The imperatives of an increasingly diverse and shape shifting corporate world now rely more than ever on the worker's capacity to communicate effectively and intelligibly. Online...
Taking the first step toward learning a language can be quite daunting, but it’s also an exciting opportunity. Though it may appear difficult at first, Russian is a very beautiful language, filled with many nuances. It’s not something to be learned during such a short period but if you commit yourself early on you will achieve...
Communication is an essential aspect of society’s relationships. There are many different ways that we, human beings, can communicate. People are able to express themselves through words, gestures, facial expressions, body language, arts - the list goes on. However, there are no doubts that the instinctive and easiest way of...
English as a Foreign Language
Many English teenagers struggle with the necessity to really learn their own language at school. I was one of those students. One woman, my second year teacher, changed that...
During the many (over 20) years of experience I've had as an EFL tutor, I've come across many students struggling with pronunciation. Some of them were shy/lacked...
Learning a second or third language is an investment in yourself. There is no better way to grow your skills and capabilities than by investing energy in a talent that will...
I feel that the best Italian language course programs are developed from a communicative based approach and focus on the four language abilities (listening, speaking, reading,...
Learning is a life-long on going process and it's never too late to learn new things in life so long as one has the will, the resilience and the passion! Of course it's...
Learning Chinese characters is a very important part of Chinese learning. The more Chinese reading and writing the student can do, the more confident the student will become,...
Many students are mystified when they hear connected English speech for the first time. They may struggle to understand anything at all, even though they have an Upper...
Speech coaching for professionals By Simon Gfeller Voice teacher / Accent softening coach / Presentation skills specialist The imperatives of an...
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