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…

What PS means and How to use it correctly in your email

What Is the Meaning of PS? PS stands for postscript. It comes from the Latin ‘postscriptum’, which literally means “written after.” A postscript is an additional thought added to letters (and sometimes other documents) that comes after it has been completed. Here’s a tip: People wonder—does the PS come before or after the signature? Since a postscript is an addition that comes after a letter is completed, it should always follow the signature. In the days of handwritten and typed letters, we often found ourselves remembering something we wanted to…

How to write the perfect Christmas Card

Aside from other important holiday to-do’s like taking a family Christmas photo and getting your shopping done, another significant item on your Christmas checklist is your annual Christmas card. This season, we’re here to help you get your Christmas cards signed, sealed and delivered. Our guide will help you create the perfect Season’s greetings for everyone on your list. The last thing you need to worry about is what to write in your Christmas cards! What to Write In a Christmas Card? = Start your Christmas card message with a…

The value of official language exams and certificates

If you are learning a foreign language, have you considered sitting an official exam? An official certificate is a mark of quality and shows that you have achieved a certain level in the language you are learning. This means that universities and employers can be confident in your ability. Exam preparation courses and official certificates are hugely popular among learners of English. For example, IELTS, TOEIC, TOEFL and the Cambridge certificates (FCE, CPE, CAE, etc) are seen as an important professional step and are highly sought-after by employers. You can…

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…

How many languages are there in the world?

7,099 languages are spoken today. That number is constantly in flux because we’re learning more about the world’s languages every day. And beyond that, the languages themselves are in flux. They’re living and dynamic, spoken by communities whose lives are shaped by our rapidly changing world. This is a fragile time: Roughly a third of languages are now endangered, often with less than 1,000 speakers remaining. Meanwhile, just 23 languages account for more than half the world’s population. 86% of people use Asian or European languages Most languages are densely…

Benefits of learning German

Let’s start like this, English, great and fascinating as it is, it’s not the world. Germany has diplomatic discussions with Austria and they don’t do it in English, just to give you an example. German is complex and precise in ways that English isn’t. English is great and if you can speak it, you should enjoy the huge advantage, but German is surgical. It’s totally accurate. The grammar leaves no doubt what you mean, and in a way, it’s a metaphor for a way of looking at the world that…

Five Italian expressions about wine

1. “Nella botte piccola c’è il vino buono” The literal meaning of this proverb is in the small barrel, there’s the good wine. What this means is that good things come in small packages. Example: “Look at this gift. It is so small. Remember darling, good things come in small packages.” “Guardate questo dono. Si è così piccolo. Ricorda cara, nella botte piccola c’è il vino buono.” 2. “Non si può avere la botte piena e la moglie ubriaca” The literal meaning of this proverb is one can’t have a…

Your Language Learning Experience in School

The word studying has gotten a bad reputation in the last few years. Mention the word and you see people cringe in agony. To study is to die a long painful death due to immense boredom. We no longer study a language, we learn it instead. Here is why People associate the word studying with more traditional language learning methods. Especially those they use in schools. In school, your only motivation was probably to pass the exams, not to really speak the language. Void of any deeper motivation, it was…

Is there an easy language?

Let’s face it: learning a language isn’t easy, and the time and effort involved in becoming proficient in a foreign language can be discouraging. From vocabulary to pronunciation and all those tricky verbs, language learning is a time-consuming and often frustrating process. Luckily for language learners, however, not all languages are equally difficult to learn. It is estimated that there are over 6,500 spoken languages in the world today. While geographic, historic, and cultural events led to many languages developing and evolving to be very different, it also means that some languages…