Living and Working in a Foreign Country to Learn a New Language

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Learning a language takes a lifetime of practice to master. Although theoretical study using books and classrooms is a good way to start, at some point you have to use what you learn if you’re serious about developing your language skills.

One of the best ways to take your language studies to the next level is by immersing yourself through living in a country where people speak the language. Living and working in a foreign country may be your best bet to improve your French, German, Chinese, or whichever language you choose.

You’ll not only develop your language skills but also open the door to making new friends from different cultures. Additionally, living abroad provides the opportunity to try new experiences that will create memories that will last a lifetime. Learning a new language is well worth the investment. Here’s more on how you could prepare to live and work in a foreign country to learn a new language. Continue reading

Tan v Tanto – Master Comparisons of Equality in Spanish

In everyday conversation you often want to compare objects and people, so this is one of the important parts of speech to learn when studying a foreign language.

In Spanish, two key words you need to know how to use are “tan” (so/as) and “tanto” (so much).

In this blog post you will learn how to use these words to compare things and people easily in Spanish.

Use “Tan” with adjectives/adverbs when things are equal

You would need to use “tan” with either an adjective or adverb to say that they have the same quality or do something in the same way.

Along with “tan” in this type of comparison you also need the word “como” (as).

The simplest way to remember how to make this comparison is as follows:

tan + adjective/adverb + como

Let’s look at some examples using adjectives:

La falda es tan bonita como el vestido.
The skirt is as pretty as the dress.

El niño es tan alto como la niña.
The boy is as tall as the girl.

Las fresas son tan baratas como las uvas.
The strawberries are as cheap as the grapes.

Los helados son tan ricos como las tartas.
The ice-creams are as delicious as the cakes.

Also notes that the adjectives have to agree with the object or person that they are describing.

Here are some examples using adverbs:

Juan corre tan rápidamente como Ana.
Juan runs as quickly as Ana.

Carmen habla inglés tan bien como Jorge.
Carmen speaks English as well as Jorge.

Pedro cocina tan mal como su padre.
Pedro cooks as badly as his Dad.

“Tanto” compares Nouns

If you want to compare nouns then you would use “tanto”. You also have to remember to make the ending agree with whatever you are describing:

Tanto – for masculine, singular nouns
Tanta – for feminine, singular nouns
Tantos – for masculine, plural nouns
Tantas – for feminine, plural nouns

Use the following structure when comparing nouns:

tanto/a/os/as + noun + como

Let’s look at some examples of this type of comparison:

Felipe come tantas galletas como Pilar.
Felipe eats as many biscuits as Pilar.

Yo cometo tantos errores como tú.
I make as many mistakes as you.

Ella tiene tantas tareas como él.
She has as many tasks as him.

María bebe tanto té como su madre.
Maria drinks as much tea as her mother.

“Tanto como” – compares verbs

If you want to say that two people do something in the same way you can just use “tanto como” together.

You would use this sequence:

Verb + tanto/como + verb/noun

Let’s see some examples:

Paco sale tanto como José.
Paco goes out as much as José.

Yo leo tanto como tú.
I read as much as you.

Su padre trabaja tanto como su madre.
Her Dad works as much as her Mum.

Mi amigo duerme tanto como yo.
My friend sleeps as much as me.

Here, “tanto” is not working as an adjective therefore you do not make it agree. It stays as “tanto”.

As you can see from the above examples, these short words “tan” and “tanto” are really useful for making comparisons in Spanish that you can learn to use easily in everyday conversation.

Just remember, “tan” never changes and is used with adjectives mainly whereas “tanto” is the one that needs to change ending to agree with the noun that comes after it.

Why not start practising and start making up your own comparative sentences to really get to grips with “tan” and “tanto”.

Also read this blog post for more ways to make comparisons in Spanish:
“How to Make Comparisons in Spanish”.

How to Speak Confidently With Native Spanish Speakers

It is a scientific fact that Spanish people speak much faster than English people. Most learners notice straightaway how fast Spanish people speak. Even if they think they are slowing down to help you, they don’t realise that this is still probably too fast for you to keep up.

In this blog post we will teach you some little tricks to make a conversation with a native speaker much easier for you to deal with.

Why is listening to natives so difficult for learners?

The reason that learners of Spanish find listening to native speakers so hard could be for several reasons.

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  • Learning Greek will help you understand English better.
  • More than 150.000 words of English are derived from Greek words!
  • It will help you learn additional languages more easily.
  • Greece is a beautiful country to visit.
  • Knowing some Greek will make holidays more enjoyable.
  • Greek people are friendly and hospitable.

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5 Study Hacks to Learn Spanish Effectively

Spanish study tipsLearning Spanish is one of the best things you can do to spice up your CV and show future employers that you are a worthwhile candidate to help expand their business internationally in the future.

Over 572 million people speak Spanish worldwide and with many British companies now trading with Mexico and South American countries, learning the Spanish language is a wise investment of time and money.

Another good thing about Spanish is that it is one of the easiest foreign languages for English speakers to learn.

If you learn in the right way using the tips in this blog you can make sure you make as much progress as possible in less time and also learn more easily.

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Fun and Easy Way to Learn the Basics for your next Holiday in Spain in just a few weeks

With Spain keen to open up tourism to foreign visitors, you may still get the summer holiday you were hoping for this year.

Everyone knows you can get by in another country without knowing any of the local language. However, the advantages and opportunities that open up to you by knowing just a few of the basics and key questions and phrases are never-ending.

  • You make friends more easily.
  • You get to know where the good places to eat, drink and go out are.
  • You can get good deals and special offers.
  • You avoid problems and misunderstandings.
  • Your holiday is more enjoyable and stress-free.
  • You can cope with emergency situations better.

The list could easily go on.

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How Culture Immersion Makes Language Learning More Fun

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Cultural immersion is a well-known and effective way to learn a new language. For instance, it’s been shown that students who are put in an immersive program where they speak at least 50% of the time in a foreign language show more progress in four weeks than most students in a classroom show in an entire year.

While uprooting your family to another country for a few months or even attending an immersive language camp may not be feasible, there are still plenty of ways that you can encourage this hands-on, immersive learning style as you and your loved ones go about learning a second language.

Here are several suggestions for ways that you can spice up your linguistic endeavors in order to simultaneously make the learning process more fun and effective.

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6 Ways to Progress From a Beginner to Intermediate Spanish Learner

intermediate SpanishA lot of people start studying Spanish completely from scratch and after a few months they cover all of the basics. To get by in a language you need to know roughly —– words. At this level you know the key nouns, verbs and can express your needs and wants and communicate with native speakers in a simple way.

Once people reach this stage they wonder how to move on and start to study as an intermediate learner.

This blog post will give you ideas as to how to break out of the beginner stages of language learning and to move to an intermediate level.

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How to Have Fun Learning a Language Online

Learning OnlineLanguage learning can be a tricky task. Starting from the basics such as learning the alphabet to gaining fluency while speaking can be a long process. However, learning a new language is definitely worth the effort. Whether you are learning a language through online tuition or have joined a regular class, you will always find it an enjoyable experience filled with light-hearted moments that can give you a good laugh when you look back on them. To ease the process of learning a new language via online tuition, as per the current situation, and make it a fun process try following these simple tips to learn a foreign language:

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Why Healthcare Professionals Need To Be Bilingual

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Our world is becoming increasingly connected. Technology has helped to expose many of us to cultures we wouldn’t have had access to just a couple of decades earlier. International travel has also become less expensive, opening up a world of tourism and immigration to more of us.

Increased international travel brings with it the challenges of communication. Many countries outside the U.S. have excellent education systems and teach English as a second language.  However, there are still those travelers who may struggle with some complex conversations. As a result, there is an increased need for bilingual professionals in all industries.

Healthcare is one of the primary sectors that requires skilled linguists. The industry is responsible for the wellbeing of all members of the public, regardless of their own linguistic ability. We’re going to take a look at why bilingual staff are vital in healthcare, alongside tools and methods that are available to those professionals ready to upskill their communication abilities.

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