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Learning a new language comes easier to some than to others, there’s no question about it. I have tried many ways of learning the Italian language - group lessons, 1:1, 2:1, residential courses in Italy, staying with a host family whilst studying the language, and I’ve even indulged in an online...
The best way to learn a language is to go and live in a country where it’s spoken. Then you are surrounded by that language and can absorb it naturally as you see and hear it used in context around you. Even if you have no interest in learning, you are forced to come to terms with it if you...
How to find the time, the tools and some motivation to learn a languageWe all have different reasons to learn a language. For instance I may never have chosen to learn English at a more advanced level if it were not for my passion for English and American Literature. It helped a lot that I had a...
Comparing The Perfect tense and the Past definite or Historic Past The Perfect tense is for written and spoken French. It describes an action completed in the past. It can be a recent past (ce matin, aujourd'hui) or something further in the past (1936 etc). The Past Historic or Past...
It is almost the start of a brand new school year, and at this point every year I pose the question to my lower school students about the benefits of learning a language. 9 times out of 10 the response to my question is that languages will never be useful to them, so why bother learning one! It...
No doubt Spanish will be the language of the future Spanish is one of the fastest growing languages on the planet, according to the Cervantes Institute (Instituto Cervantes). In its latest report, published in 2015, the Institute states that about 560 million people currently speak Spanish...
"I belong to a small country. A rocky promontory in the Mediterranean, it has nothing to distinguish it but the efforts of its people, the sea, and the light of the sun. It is a small country, but its tradition is immense and has been handed down through the centuries without interruption. The...
So, a question for you all... What links these words? - boat- wrote- cappuccino- sew- grow- though Hint: say them out loud. Did you get it? Every one of them contains the /əʊ/ sound in standard British English. Look at the variety of spelling patterns that make this one sound: - boat- wrote...
I certainly know that motivation and learning go together. Therefore, I like using theatre tecniques in my lessons because it is fun and motivating, besides including opportunities to practise the language. One of my favourites techniques is role-play. Through it, students can become who they...
When working on an accent that is different from your own it may seem like a daunting task. Through my teaching at various drama schools and professional companies I have used easy, bite- sized techniques to help and guide the speaker into new territory with a sense of fun and inquisitiveness. I...
English as a Foreign Language
So, you have decided to take the IELTS exam or perhaps you need to take it, and achieve good grades, to follow your career path. This was the case for one student I recently...
In this article I will relate my experiences with teaching English online after 7 years classroom teaching. It will cover in my opinion the important points and discuss links...
Did you know Italian people gesticulate a lot? Hand gestures are an important component of the way in which Italians communicate their feelings, their intentions, and a vast...
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...
Mandarin and Cantonese are the two Chinese languages you might have heard of but is that all they have in China? The answer is no. In fact, there are more than 300 languages...
If you decide to study the Russian language, many prospects will open up for you. In 2016, Russia's population is currently about 150 million people. You can find business...
When working on an accent that is different from your own it may seem like a daunting task. Through my teaching at various drama schools and professional companies I have used...
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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