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French (general)

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The Beauty Of French Poetry

This article is all about poetry and the extraordinary world of French poems. As French poetry...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Different Strokes for Different Folks

Having lived and taught in a number of countries, it is interesting to see how differently...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Getting the most out of your Skype lesson

This article is aimed at both tutors and students, so that you can both get the most out of your...
Italian (general)

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Learning languages in modern times

It is commonly believed that languages need to follow a certain sequence when teaching them to...

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  • Languages On The Internet

    Caroline Murphy Translation/ Interpretation Professional (North London) Picture While working for my MA in translation one of the areas we covered was machine language: for our purposes that can simply be interpreted as translation. That was almost 20 years ago, and at the time, a rather amusing exercise was how to make as many translation errors as possible. The puzzle...
  • Why I Love Taiwan

    Mandarin Tutor (North West London) Picture Taiwan is a small but very beautiful country with 23 million population, national language is Mandarin Chinese. People from Taiwan are very friendly and generous, we always try to help as much as we can. In this tiny island has over 100 mountains over 3000 meters, beaches all around, and easy to...
  • 6 Tips for Learning a Foreign Language Editor's Pick

    Philippa Harrington French (general) Tutor (Bromley) Picture   Learn a new word each day - It may not sound much, but that’s 7 new words a week or 30 or so per month, which soon adds up.. Use memory aids such as flashcards - There are a number of memory aids to help with memorising  new words, expressions and grammar, such as: flashcards, recording...
  • A Few Myths Of Language Learning

    Liudmila English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Ipswich) Picture Myth 1: I have no time for studying a foreign language. Reality: 15 minutes a day is enough to keep a language alive. Whether you do some reading, listening or watching a film, it will all count as practice. Fifteen minutes a day will bring more results than four hours once a week. Try to write...
  • Why Learn Spanish?

    Victoria Killeen Spanish (general) Tutor (Warrington) Picture Spanish is spoken currently by an estimated 350 million people around the world and it is the fourth most commonly spoken language. Besides Spain, Spanish is the dominant language in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Columbia, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Bolivia, Mexico, Phillipines and in...
  • Why learn a new language?

    French (general) Tutor (South East London) Picture While I was doing my PGCE, a lot of the pupils I was teaching kept asking me why they had to learn another language. Having grown up in a bilingual family, speaking two languages has always been normal for me. So I looked into it and was amazed by the findings which i eagerly shared with...
  • Answering the telephone - Help Wanted

    Heather T Business English Teacher (Bristol) Picture Answering the telephone – Help Wanted! So many people are reluctant to answer the phone. Native speakers and non-native speakers alike, but with my non-native speaker students, this subject crops up all the time. They’re asking for help, so how can we help them? Predicting what type of...
  • High IELTS score or ability to cope at university? Editor's Pick

    Heather T IELTS Tutor (Bristol) Picture What is most important? A high IELTS score or the ability to cope with an academic workload? Having taught IELTS to quite a lot of international students in recent years, one question continually arises.  Are they taking (and sometimes retaking) IELTS in order to simply get the score they need...
  • An individual approach to language learning

    Sue Caporn English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Bristol) Picture How we learn foreign languages depends on us as individuals.  We're all different, and language learning involves many elements, including the structure of the language (grammar), vocabulary (lexis) and how to make sentences (syntax).  For many years, traditional class-based methods of...
  • Communication And Language Learning

    Spanish (general) Tutor (Brighton) Picture There are many different approaches to language learning, each with its advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to consider which is the best way for each individual. There are several things which we should consider including: our language goals, what we enjoy and find motivating, what...

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