According to the British Council, millions of children did not receive any language tuition during lockdowns in England. During the first lockdown more than half of primary school children and 40% of secondary school pupils did not do any language learning.
With these worrying statistics the government will not meet its target of three-quarters of pupils taking a modern language GCSE by 2022.
The poor take up of languages in schools is concerning as a country trying to compete in international markets. According to Lady Coussins, co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on modern languages, “Having a foreign language skill, even at a basic level, improves social mobility and employability. Without it, our young people are at a disadvantage in a global labour market.”
Considering this lack of language study due to the pandemic, if your child is due to take a language GCSE exam either next summer or in 2023 this is highly concerning. Continue reading
The best result of learning a language is when people respond, so they understand you. The ability to maintain even the simplest conversation is already a huge reward. And don’t worry: you won’t annoy people if you speak their language incorrectly. If you warn them, “I’m learning your language and would like to practice,” most will patiently correct your mistakes, support, and be happy to help. So let’s learn how to start speaking the language, overcome obstacles. Continue reading
Perhaps you have decided to start learning a foreign language for your next holiday, for work, to improve your CV or simply to do something different and challenging. When first starting out learning a language it is difficult knowing where to start. You are bombarded with so much advice online about the best ways to learn a language and there are so many different resources and apps to choose from, it is hard to know where to start and understandably people feel completely overwhelmed and may even be put off from starting.
In today’s blog post we will give you 5 tips to help you get started learning a language and to stop you feeling overwhelmed. Continue reading
Self-studying a foreign language is not an easy task – but it’s not undoable. Many in the past have mastered the skill of studying on their own at home. The secret is in their method and discipline. Learning does not necessarily happen in the traditional classroom way. There are a lot of creative and more exciting ways in which you can learn a new language! Take a look at those five listed below: Continue reading
Learning a new language is really exciting when you first start out. Once you start learning the first few phrases and are understood by native speakers, it is a great feeling. As you progress you may start to wonder if you are learning in the best way. Some people develop habits whilst studying a foreign language that do not give the best results. In this blog post we will go through some of the things you should avoid doing when learning a foreign language. Continue reading
Learning multiple languages is not everyone’s cup of tea, however, it will greatly enhance your professional life and enrich your personal life. The world is becoming more and more interconnected with people from different cities and countries coming together to socialize for many different reasons.
For instance, people come from China, Bangladesh, Mexico, India, Pakistan, and many other countries to use their language skills to study at universities abroad or to pursue their career in a foreign country. Plus, strong communication skills are an asset to your CV and give you great personal growth.
One thing that I like about learning new languages is that it breaks down barriers between cultures and makes it easier for people to connect. I know five languages; Urdu, English, Sindhi, Arabic, and French. And I can tell you that it was very interesting to learn all of these languages. After learning all these languages, I have a few tips that will help you learn a foreign language. Continue reading
Despite the fact that summer is a busy time – it is also the ideal time to focus on learning a language – many people are off work, have more free time and the weather is better to get out and about doing different things. As most people learning a new language know, if you take a break from learning you really notice the difference when you come back to it and find that you have forgotten many things that you knew so well before. This is why it is really important to keep your learning going over the summer months. Here we will look at some fun ways you can keep learning over the summer: Continue reading
We all know the fact that learning a second language has excellent benefits. Language is the gateway to a new culture, allowing us to connect with other people from all over the world in a more meaningful way than ever before. But learning a new language is also good for your health. Now, we will look at the latest research on the impact of learning a new language on the human brain.
Learning a second language increases the brain’s language center and the hippocampus, which is the area in the brain responsible for the formation, storage, and retrieval of memories. It also increases the density of gray matter and improves blood flow to the brain. Continue reading
People often recognize that being multilingual is associated with career benefits, but did you know that language learning can also enhance your cognitive health? Too often, people graduate from school and leave foreign languages behind in the classroom. Yet, there are some surprising advantages to tackling language learning later in life, too. As you learn a new language, you build up your communication skills, supercharge your brain with heightened activity in its language centers, and possibly even open yourself up to new work and travel experiences.
Fortunately, today’s language learners have a wide range of instruction options that don’t tether them to a traditional classroom. Finding time to learn a new language outside the home can be difficult for people with full-time jobs and busy households. By learning a language at home, you can adopt an instruction schedule that suits your time frame — and you can fit in practice when it’s most convenient for you. As you decide whether to embrace ESL or learn Japanese, Spanish, or French, keep the following information in mind to help you create a learning dynamic at home that supports your learning style. Continue reading
Having a college degree and being good in studies is not the only way to be successful in your career. If you want to stand out among others, you need to be multilingual. Today businesses, for their worldwide expansion, prefer to hire multilingual staff.
Whether it is the hotel management staff in Puerto Rico or carpet cleaning London, every corporation prefers a multilingual workforce to cater to an increasingly diverse consumer market. According to a study conducted by the American Community Survey, in the USA, every one in five children over the age of five years speaks English as well as an additional language at home.
Being multilingual is awesome, but learning a foreign language is not an easy task. Of course, it needs a good memory, but it also needs time and effort. Memorizing the words of a new language is a big challenge, and you need the right kinds of strategies to learn it and become smoother with time.
In this article, I have come up with five powerful strategies that would help you to memorize words of a foreign language in the least time. But patience is the key to success, and gradually you will succeed.
Let us explore these strategies one by one: Continue reading