Monthly Archives: October 2018

Why Should You Write Essays as Much as Possible When Learning a Foreign Language?

When learning a new language, your final goal is usually speaking it. Writing allows students to gather information at a slow pace and focus on bettering each one of their abilities efficiently. It is a crucial part of developing your language skills. According to recent studies at St. Cloud State University, the time-bound nature of speaking, which doesn’t allow for significant pausing or revision, forces learners to adopt good planning habits that, when transferred to writing, become highly beneficial.

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Top 10 Best Educational Sites for Spanish Beginners

Spanish is spoken in 7.8% of the world, a percentage that is predicted to remain the same until at least 2050, writes El Pais. Their report also shows that today in the United States, there are 43 million native Spanish speakers and another 15 million people with some knowledge of Spanish.

So, whether you are travelling to a South American country or living in Miami, you need Spanish. “Learning a new language is an art,” shares Magdalene François, editor at Britannia Language. “It opens up a new world of opportunities, forms new brain connections, and can establish beautiful intercultural friendships,” continues François.

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How to Use ‘Tiempo’, ‘Hora’ and ‘Vez’ in Spanish – all meaning “Time”

In Spanish there are several words to use to say “time”; tiempo, hora and vez. They are not interchangeable, you use each one in a different context which makes learning them somewhat tricky. To further complicate matters, the word “tiempo” also can mean “weather”!

In this blog post you will learn how to know when to use each word for “time” whether it is talking about time in general, the time of the day or a time as in an occasion. Continue reading

20 Common Reflexive Verbs in Spanish

Reflexive verbs in Spanish often cause learners a real headache because they are so different to how we use the same verbs in English and because they can completely change the meaning of the verb when used with a reflexive pronoun. For example, ‘ir’ means ‘to go’ whereas ‘irse’ means ‘to leave / go away’.

The best way to get your head around Spanish reflexive verbs is to stick with the ones you will need to use most.

When are reflexive verbs used?

Reflexive verbs occur when the subject and the object are the same in a sentence. For example, when you wash yourself, when you look at yourself in the mirror, when you put clothing on yourself. Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Language Learning Apps

Can you learn a language just from an app?

There are so many language learning apps available nowadays each claiming to help you learn a language easily in record time. Popular apps include Duolingo, Busuu and Rosetta Stone. Language learning apps use images, audio and activities such as matching up exercises, re-ordering words in a sentence to help you pick up the basic language. However, just how good are these apps when it comes to actually communicating in the language effectively in real life? This is what we will look at in this blog post. Continue reading