STRATEGIES IN LANGUAGE LEARNING

Better ways for busy professionals to learn a language

Meaningful ways to practice your listening skills

As language learners we are aware that listening comprehension is the most difficult skill to master. Sometimes we tend to fool ourselves when we notice that we understand almost everything when reading texts, and we hardly find any problem to produce a good written work. But when we face a...

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Is Noticing Helpful In Language learning?

When we learn a language, our brain picks up patterns relevant to this particular tongue very slowly. It registers its general structures as well as grammatical ones and pronunciation. Our success in acquiring this second language depends on our ability to be aware of these patterns and this is...

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Why Is Vocabulary So Important In Language Learning

When we make the decision to learn a language, we all know that we'll have to learn new words and grammar to be able to use this new acquired tongue. We rarely apprehend in its fullness what it entails and the effort necessary to learn this new vocabulary. First let's make clear that although...

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What You Need To Know About Independent Language Learning

Most of us lead busy working lives which prevent sometimes booking a course with a tutor or at a university. We arrive home and by the time we can put our feet up it's too late. So most of us decide to take matters in our own hands and study a language on our own. The first requirement to...

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The Best Way To Raise A Bilingual Child

Social migration is transforming the world. People decide more and more to move to a foreign country for a number of reasons. Marriages are more common between residents of different countries. Often these speak dissimilar languages.In such cases which language should their children speak? There...

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How to learn a language on a busy schedule

As a language teacher I have noticed that the number one excuse given is "lack of time". I hear very often sentences like this one: " I would study a foreign language if only I could find time". So why is it that even though most of us have to juggle work, family commitments, social...

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How to effectively avoid your language Knowledge to slip

You've been studying your target language for months or years, or you've been living in a host country and you've reached a respectable level in your second language. You're back home. Now the 64 million Dollars question is how to keep it up to scratch. You've certainly heard the saying " He...

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Passive Language Learning: Is it Effective?

Everywhere on the internet and in magazines you find people advocating the benefits of passive language learning. They promise you'll be able to speak the language of your choice if you buy their programs and "listen" to them whilst asleep. Sometimes, we language teachers, recommend that our...

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How To Simulate Effectively Language Immersion

Language immersion has always been considered the ideal situation to learn a new language. We have pointed out countless time that this is not entirely true. There are multiple examples of people living in a country for a number of years who are unable to communicate in the language spoken in...

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Can Nonverbal Communication Help Improve Speaking Ability?

In second language learning, even when we excel in reading and writing, and are knowledgeable in grammar structures in our target language, we often encounter a big hurdle in our race to fluency and this is Listening Comprehension. Listening comprehension is indeed important; but it takes time...

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