Language learning

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7 Ways Playing Video Games Can Improve Foreign Language Skills

Learning a foreign language is interesting and fun. Mixing it with a relaxing activity like playing video games makes it an interactive, unique experience. Many experts say spending too much time playing video games is bad.

No one would disagree with this hypothesis for gamers who spend hours at a time playing and cannot be torn away from the screen. There are some benefits for people with healthy gaming habits including improving foreign language skills.

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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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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

Teacher Language Training for Primary Schools

The ability to understand and communicate in foreign languages is becoming increasingly important nowadays. With the approach of Brexit the UK’s relationship with the countries whose languages are commonly taught in schools is going to make the supply of good foreign language teachers considerably more difficult.

A report by The British Council in March this year “Language Trends 2018: Language Teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools in England” found that ‘languages remain a marginal subject which primary schools find challenging to deliver alongside many other competing demands.’ Another problem which hinders pupils continuing to learn languages in secondary school is the lack of consistency amongst primary schools. Some children have been learning another language throughout primary school whereas others have not had any language learning. Continue reading

5 Easy Ways to Learn Spanish During Your Daily Commute

Language learning while commutingTravelling to work or college is the ideal time to learn Spanish or any other language you are studying. You do this on a daily basis, except perhaps at weekends so this helps you stick to regular learning. Whatever level you are at, this time can be a valuable part of your study schedule, especially if you are busy and struggle to find the time to fit in language learning every day. In this blog post we will share 5 tools you can use to learn Spanish on the train or in your car – most of which can be applied to any language. Continue reading

8 Ways to Pick Up Learning a Language After a Break

When learning a language most people find they have to take a break from study at some point. This may be unavoidable if you become too busy with other things happening in your life or it could be through choice – maybe you lose motivation and study for less and less time each day, week or stop altogether. However, this is not always a bad thing as a break can be a good way of taking stock of where you are with the language, what you do know, what you don’t and what you need to work on.

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8 Ways Learning Another Language is Beneficial for Business

Learning a new language for a holiday or extended travel abroad is clearly a good idea and helps you get more out of your trip and make it stress-free, however, can learning another language help you in a business environment? In this blog post we will look at how learning a foreign language can help you do better at work or benefit your business. Continue reading

5 ways to stay motivated when learning a language!

When you start learning a language as a complete beginner it is easy to feel focused and motivated as it is fairly easy to grasp the basics, learn key words and start to make yourself understood in the language. Even asking for a coffee in the target language on your holiday can feel amazing once you realise that people really do understand you. As you progress in the language you come across more difficult things to understand and as you try to have a real conversation you realise how hard this can be. It is then easy to feel de-motivated and as if you will never be fluent in the language. This is normal! The key is not to give up and try the following tips to help you stay focused and motivated to keep learning: Continue reading

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