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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...
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...
English as a Foreign Language
If English is not your first language and you want to sound like a native English speaker, either in speech or written English, this can be achieved by spending time doing the...
Conversation on the boom of culture and learning that has resulted in humanity developing a common language, has usually focused on the ability it provides learners with travel...
A teacher should have the ability and preparation to set up his tuition and organise his material in a way that preserves the pupil’s interest, motive and pleasure in learning....
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...
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...
Hindi Script is known as the Devanagari script. It is written from left to right. Devanagari script has forty-seven primary characters, of which fourteen are vowels and...
Don't chew - just get connected! Editor's PickMany non-native speakers of English are completely mystified when they hear continuous spoken English in conversation for the first time. They may never have encountered some...
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...
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