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…

Make realistic, specific goals when learning a language

You have decided to learn another language. Now what? Ask yourself: what do you want to achieve and by when? Our teachers found: “Language learning is best when broken down into manageable goals that are achievable over a few months. This is far more motivating and realistic.” You might be feeling wildly optimistic when you start but aiming to be fluent is not necessarily the best idea. We generally recommend making these goals tangible and specific: “Why not set yourself a target of being able to read a newspaper article…

The importance of food in language development

It’s difficult to overestimate the impact of food on the development of modern languages. The word for the cereal we eat in the morning is derived from Ceres – the Greek goddess of agriculture – while dinner originates from ‘disner’ in Old French, which in turn stems from the Gallo-Romance ‘desjunare’, meaning ‘to break one’s fast’. Food has also infiltrated many aspects of modern communication, with a multitude of common phrases and sayings derived from foods. Even the word ‘food’ itself can be used to describe something that provides mental…

Help – Emergency Speech only – What to Do?

You probably recognize the following scenario: You’re in an important conversation in your target language. Then suddenly, your vocabulary seems to shrink to: Yes, No and Thank You. Call it stress or nerves, the fact is it makes you feel as if all the studying you’ve done has been worthless. Not cool… So what’s up here? Well, this a classic case of Emergency Speech, as I call it. We tend to revert to Emergency Speech when we’re under some kind of stress. You’re probably way better in your target language…

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…