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Although I was extremely well taught at school, when I went to France for the first time on the French exchange to Orleans and stayed with my “host” family I could barely say anything intelligible in French at all. ( I could probably have written most of it down in grammatically accurate...
When people come to Britain, having learned English in another country, they are often amazed by the number of different ways there are of speaking the language. Britain is not, after all, a very big place, yet the accents of and dialects of Yorkshire, say, or Cornwall, County Durham or...
There is no doubt that grammar is one of the most discussed topics in language learning. It is considered the fundamental structure of a language. However, it can only come alive by speaking and it can only develop further through social interaction. Language is a tool that has to be used whilst...
What a Foreign Language Can do for Your Career Editor's PickAs a language student, I heard it a million times: “What are you going to do with those languages? Teach?” It seemed it was my only option… but I’ve always been stubborn and I quickly decided to prove the naysayers wrong. After living all over the world and working almost exclusively with...
Ballet has always been my passion, and the Nutcracker is one of my favourites. Incredible music, written by Tchaikovsky in 1892 for the ballet, is well-known, particularly his Waltz of the Flowers. It has truly become world heritage music. The magical Nutcracker has been very popular in the UK...
English is a colonial language, so its history is mired with tyranny and exploitation. This has ultimately resulted in, as Jenkins (2009, p. 56) writes, ‘the devaluing of local language and culture’. This occurred through a devaluing of the non-British ‘other’, as being not in accordance...
While the internet is an incredible resource and one I use frequently, I still love physical reference books. The Oxford Book of Quotations, Brewerʼs Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, Fowlerʼs Modern English Usage... Many a happy hour has been whiled away with these, and others. When it comes...
Ovid composed the 'Amores' at the tender of age of 18 (the age of several of my students). This set of poems, originally 5 books, was cut down by Ovid himself into a more succinct 3 books. The title itself suggests an exploration of Love in the manner of Horace or Propertius... Not so for Ovid!...
La liaison= linking words together in spoken French: how does it work ? what is la liaison and what is its purpose ? Première partie La liaison refers to the action of linking words together when you speak French, as if they sound like a single word. You link the end of a word finishing with...
If you are currently learning German and are finding yourself linguistically challenged, might I recommend that you read 'The Awful German Language' by Mark Twain. This is a humorous essay, written by Twain in 1880, in which he pokes fun to great effect at the absurdities and idiosyncrasies of...
English as a Foreign Language
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...
How can I speak English fluently? An answer to this question comes from information processing theory. This theory says that language learning is a skill like any other. To be...
Everyone can learn a language! Or is this a myth? Why do we often hear ‘I am not good at learning a foreign language; it’s not for me’? The answer is closely linked to...
Learning a language also means learning about a country, its people and its culture. As a French film lover, I always encourage my clients to watch French movies. French cinema...
Videos and Audios: 1. Songs for children 水果冰淇淋系列: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC55D07289FF90C62 2. Programs for kids of 4 years plus:...
The Very First Russian language Class Editor's PickHow do we usually start our studies with students who are complete beginners? I start my lesson usually with going through the alphabet. Even if a student says that they...
Speech coaching for professionals By Simon Gfeller Voice teacher / Accent softening coach / Presentation skills specialist The imperatives of an...
Areas to work on for Accent Improvement Editor's PickAccent Improvement - areas to work on First of all, I prefer to refer to “accent improvement”, rather than “accent reduction, neutralising or softening” – it seems more...
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