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Are you an English language student aiming to study at university? Or do you want to communicate your ideas very clearly and precisely for work or study? If so, then developing your vocabulary is a key priority. In order to cope with challenging tasks like writing extended essays or giving a...
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 partners, meet friends and even find love in Russia. If you know Russian, you will be able to talk not only to naive...
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 spoken in China. Now you might think that Cantonese may be the second biggest language spoken in China. This presumption...
For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with German. As a Brit, this is often viewed by others with a mixture of bemusement and amusement. Yet 14 years on, I insist more than ever to those I meet that everyone should go to Germany. These are the reasons I believe that Germany and...
Why learn German? Editor's PickFor as long as I can remember, the summer months - usually the time around or after GCSE and A-Level results are published - have always brought several articles in online or print media lamenting the decline of students opting for German. As far as European languages are concerned, German is...
Using a lexical approach in EFL teaching Editor's PickI was having a conversation with one of my students the other day that reminded me of an experience I’d had several years ago. The conversation was about confidence and what makes us feel nervous when we use a second language. My student, who is Japanese, told me that although she can...
Why learn a new language? Learning a new language will open your mind to a new culture, new countries, new people and new interactions. Being able to speak another language is incredibly rewarding and will boost your confidence. It not only encourages you to travel to new places but also to...
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 positive. It is impossible not to have an accent; we just often think that people have an accent if they don’t speak in 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 opportunities and cultural integration. Emphasis is placed on the positive aspects of learning English, and the copious...
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...
English Pronunciation? I’m sometimes asked for lessons on ‘pronunciation’, and, when I’ve asked: ‘Why pronunciation?’, I usually discover that students believe...
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...
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,...
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...
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:...
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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