How to be a good language learner

There’s no such thing as being born good at languages. However, there are people who learn languages well. But that has nothing to do with them being naturally good at it. It has to do with their attitude and the way they approach their learning. Good language learners are willing to face the fear of making mistakes. They experiment and take risks. For example, they try out different ways of learning vocabulary until finding the way that suits them best. They are not afraid of making mistakes because they know that…

How to communicate negative issues in a positive way

Have you ever written something only to have the recipient completely misunderstand your intent? Or been accused of abruptness when you thought you were being business like and efficient? There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to communicating effectively, but among the most important is tone. Present solutions instead of problems. It’s better to talk about what you can do rather than what you can’t. Formulate a solution or alternate plan and present that instead. INCORRECT – I can’t meet with you tomorrow morning because I’m booked. CORRECT – Tomorrow…

Reasons To Learn Spanish

Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world and the most spoken language in the Americas. It’s the official (or co-official) language in Spain, most countries in Central and South America, and several Caribbean countries too. It’s a useful language to know when doing business with Spanish or Latin American firms, and a great way to strengthen your CV and improve your career prospects. Spanish is probably the most useful language to learn if you want to flex your language muscles on a daily basis. Spanish is considered…

Tips for writing the perfect email

Being able to communicate effectively is one of the most essential skills anyone can possess. No matter what it is you need, what it is you do, or where it is you want to go, your ability to communicate in such a way that actually warrants the response you desire— and in the timeframe, you hope to receive it — is vital to your success. Here’s how to be a more effective communicator before shooting off an email: 1. Ace the subject line. This one’s simple. Either I know you…

Get more out of your next holiday

The realisation that one can get so much more out of holidays when you have knowledge of the local language has been a huge motivator for many. Yes, you’re less likely to miss the ferry or end up paying through the nose for souvenirs, but the most striking difference you’ll recognise is that you feel comfortable in new environments. Everything may seem unfamiliar, but you’ll be able to navigate your way around with help from the best guide there is — human interaction. You’ll be met with appreciation by locals, as well…

Grammar in focus

Making grammar meaningful Grammar is the backbone of any language and an integral part of all language learning. It’s about finding patterns in language and using key structures in meaningful situations. It’s about learning how to manipulate a phrase – creating a simple sentence and then a more complex one to say what you want to say. Right from the start, incorporating basic grammar in context gives learners the opportunity to understand how to use the language for their own needs. It doesn’t have to be dull – it can…

How to learn and retain vocabulary

No matter how good your grammar is, if you don’t know any words that you can use it with, you won’t get very far with your language skills: Vocabulary opens up doors to new worlds and makes learning fun and satisfying. You have to put in some effort and there’s neither a magic trick nor a secret or one-approach-fits-all way to do it. Everyone has to find what works for them; but being patient, setting realistic goals, and rewarding yourself if you reach them are good strategies that can be…

Know your learning style

The term “learning styles” speaks to the understanding that every student learns differently. Technically, an individual’s learning style refers to the preferential way in which the student absorbs, processes, comprehends and retains information. For example, when learning how to build a clock, some students understand the process by following verbal instructions, while others have to physically manipulate the clock themselves. This notion of individualized learning styles has gained widespread recognition in education theory and classroom management strategy. Individual learning styles depend on cognitive, emotional and environmental factors, as well as…

10 amazing tips to learn a language

If you believe that you can never become bilingual, take note! 1. KNOW WHY This might sound obvious, but if you don’t have a good reason to learn a language, you are less likely to stay motivated over the long-run. Wanting to impress English-speakers with your French is not a very good reason; wanting to get to know a French person in his or her own language is another matter entirely. No matter your reason, once you’ve decided on a language, it’s crucial to commit: 2. FIND A PARTNER Even…