7 quirky ways to learn a language

  Think learning a new language is boring? Think again – with these techniques, you can improve your skills while having fun! Here are seven unorthodox language learning tips that might just change your perspective in the language learning process: Stage a Play It doesn’t have to be a big production. Remember that the keyword to these tips is fun while learning. Stage a short play for a small audience you think would enjoy. Of course, the other key point here is to stage a play in a completely different…

Why Learn English Through Songs and Music?

So what is it about songs that make them such effective English language learning tools? * It works. There is considerable scientific evidence that demonstrates how music can help second language learners acquire grammar and vocabulary and improve spelling. Then there is the so-called “Mozart Effect”, the concept that listening to classic musical boosts the performance of mental tasks like learning. * Everyday language and colloquial speech. Songs and music almost always contain a lot of useful vocabulary, phrases and expressions. And since the intended audience is native speakers, songs…

British English vs. American English

There is an old saying that America and Britain are “two nations divided by a common language.” No one knows exactly who said this, but it reflects the way many British feel about American English. But are American and British English really so different? Vocabulary The most noticeable difference between American and British English is vocabulary. There are hundreds of everyday words that are different. For example, the British call the front of a car the bonnet, while Americans call it the hood. Americans go on vacation, while British go…

London Accents made easy

Have you ever noticed that Londoners speak a little different from the rest of the British people? I’m sure you have! I guess you want British people to pronounce words very clearly, and preferably also slowly! Of course, this does not happen in real life. The main ‘local’ accents that you will hear in London are quite different from each other. The easiest accent for you to understand, and the accent that many English learners try to learn when speaking English, is actually not a local accent at all. It…

A struggle to pronounce – even Londoners themselves

British English, what a confusing beast – between vague meanings and various accents it can be a complex language to understand. When it comes to the pronunciation of certain words however, it seems that they’ve entirely lost their heads. When arriving in London for the first time, numerous travellers will recall being laughed at for their pronunciation of ‘Southwark’ (suth/ik), and it has been reported that backpackers will choose to stay lost and cold rather than ask for directions to ‘Worcestershire’ (woos/ter). But fear not friends – Londoners themselves struggle…

Understand German Faster

When you decide to learn German, you want to make a little bit of progress every day. But often, you don’t know how to make progress towards fluency. There are lots of techniques and promises in the language learning world, and it feels like you have to spend years finding what delivers. Vocabulary Works in Chunks, not Words There is no way around learning vocabulary and it’s one of the most challenging tasks when learning any language. But when you understand the power of learning in context and in chunks,…