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Italian (general)

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Must I live in the country to learn the language?

This is a very common question with people starting to learn a foreign language. We have all...
IELTS

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Top 5 Habits of the Best Language Learners

Language teachers are very often asked how long it will take to become proficient in a language....
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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100 Hours of Awareness

My students often ask me, "how can I improve my English?" "Well," I say, "you're here, aren't...
Japanese

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Useful websites to help you learn Japanese

I recommend the following free web sites to help you study Japanese: Denshi Jisho - Online...

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  • Learning French as a 2nd language. How I see it.

    Maria Barrett French (general) Tutor (Brighton) Picture As far as I'm concerned, verbs and tenses are the core to French language learning. I say this because they underpin the whole language. Obviously, the rote learning method is old-fashioned and out-of-date, although I don't see that everything old fashioned has no value. Nonetheless, today there...
  • Words of Advice Editor's Pick

    Karon Rickatson English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (York) Picture So, you have to get a 6.5 in the IELTS exam?  A 7.5! An 8.0! You want to make sure your registration fee for the CAE exam is not a waste of money? The Proficiency exam is your next challenge? Everyone deciding to invest money in private tuition will have their own personal objective, but how...
  • Improving Your French With Self-Study

    Waveney Languages Tuition French (general) Tutor (Ipswich) Picture When learning a new language, nothing really beats one to one interaction.  A tutor, whether that is online or in person, is essential if you want to reach a level of proficiency in your chosen language.  However, how do you get that extra practice during the time in between lessons? How do...
  • Learn a British Accent

    Ashley Howard Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (Hemel Hempstead) Picture First question: What is a British Accent? Well, there are many. Over 56 according to some studies: RP accent, Estuary accent, Manchester accent, Liverpool accent, Cockney accent, Somerset accent etc... Second question: Is there a standard British accent? No, but most native British English...
  • Teaching Little Children Mandarin

    Rita Chen Mandarin Tutor (Enfield) Picture I have come across many parents asking me how to teach little kids Mandarin by themselves. Especially parents who are Mandarin native speakers still have this issue. Unlike your mother tongue, it's not easy to pick up a second language just by immersing yourself in the environment. We need to...
  • Fun expressions with vegetables or fruit in

    Isabelle Stevenson French (general) Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture Histoire de légumes! There was a fun question in a game / un jeu, yesterday on the French radio ; the contestants/ les participants had to recall three idiomatic expressions/ idiomes with the name of a vegetable or a fruit/ un légume ou un fruit. They easily won of course, the French language...
  • Five free* apps for language learning Editor's Pick

    Sönke Beyer German (general) Tutor (Torquay) Picture (*most free apps try to introduce you to products that come at a price) Here I introduce five free apps for language learning, and two personal favourites. It does not require expensive research to know that everyone’s learning is in many ways similar but might require different...
  • The Learning Process

    Bernadette Carter English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Gloucester) Picture I recently went back to college after many years working as an English Language teacher, and put myself through the challenging process of learning new ways of thinking. In the beginning it was exciting, then it got harder, until I reached a stage where I was tempted to give up. I felt my...
  • Corporate Capital through Languages Editor's Pick

    Natasha Saed French (general) Tutor (Kingston upon Thames) Picture In a post-Brexit and Trump world, where borders and walls appear to be rising more than being knocked down, languages are more important than ever. Their necessity and power to create and foster not only social, but economic and business relationships is now at the fore of the many benefits they...
  • Teaching grammar - PGCE assignment

    Alice C French (general) Tutor (Dudley) Picture Teaching Grammar The last half a century has seen a plethora of theories and research studies into second language learning and acquisition as experts and practitioners alike try to gain an understanding of how a foreign language (FL) is learnt in order to best inform teaching and learning...

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