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5 Ways to Kickstart Your Spanish Learning in 2022

kickstart Spanish learningIf you find yourself reading this blog post then learning Spanish has probably been on your “to do” list for a long time but is something you’ve always off for when you have more time. Or maybe you have been learning Spanish for a while but have reached a plateau where you feel you are not progressing or you are getting bored by using the same resources.

What you need to understand is that learning Spanish can be fun if you choose the right methods.

In this blog post we will talk about how you can boost your Spanish learning to get you enjoying it and progressing well again, or how to get started on the right track to speak the language as soon as possible. Continue reading

6 Tips to Set Realistic Goals for Language Learning Success

Why is it important to set goals when learning languages?

One of the first things people ask me when they start to learn Spanish, is “How long will it take me to learn Spanish?” The problem with this question is that it is not clear what they are actually asking or what their expectations are. What do you actually need to learn the language for and what level of fluency do you need? Do you need to order a mean and drinks? Do you need to call a colleague, attend a business meeting? Are you planning to move to Spain? If you have a more definite idea of what you want to achieve and in what timescale this can help avoid disappointment when you feel you aren’t achieving what you hoped to and it can also help you plan your learning to suit your goals.

This blog post gives a few tips of how to set realistic but achievable goals so you get the most out of your language studies: Continue reading

10 ways to keep your language learning going over Christmas

… and other busy times!

December is a busy time and if you are learning a language you are probably wondering how you are going to fit in your language learning on top of everything else. You may be preparing to take a whole month off and start again in January. However, if you prepare in advance, you can easily add in a few language learning activities to coincide nicely with the festive period. Read on for 10 tips to continue learning a language over the Christmas period. Some of them can also be applied to any busy time throughout the year. Continue reading

10 Common Problems Faced by Children When Learning Foreign Languages

language problemsLanguage is a tool or media for communication and expression. Language enables people to convey their feelings, ideas and thoughts. There are different types of languages throughout the world such as English, French, Hindi, Arabic etc. Children face many problems while learning foreign languages. Steam education encourages kids to learn new things. Here we have listed 10 most common problems faced by children whilst learning foreign languages. Continue reading

12 Powerful Strategies to Improve Reading in Spanish

Reading Strategies in SpanishOne of the best ways to progress in Spanish (or any foreign language) is to do more reading. By reading a variety of different materials in the target language you will not only learn more words and phrases but you will see how the language is used in different contexts.
As well as simply reading, there are certain methods you can use to maximise your reading time to make even more progress in Spanish.
The aim of this blog post is to give you a few tips as to how you can read in Spanish to help you improve the fastest.

1) Decide what to read carefully

* Read about something that you enjoy, something that interests you and that you care about. If you start reading something you aren’t really interested in, you will be much less likely to check what the words mean and learn anything from it. Reading something that interests you is the key to staying motivated.

* Think about your end goal. Why are you learning Spanish? If it is to do business you need to read more formal language. If it is to fully immerse yourself in the language you would try tackling a novel or a magazine. 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

Why Language Learning is Vital Post-Brexit

languages after BrexitThere is a worrying shortage of language skills in the UK which according to the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), “is costing the UK economy £48 billion a year”.

Given that only one in three British citizens are able to speak a second language and with a decline in students studying languages at school, it is becoming increasingly challenging for British companies to communicate and do business with countries in Europe and the rest of the world. The UK is facing huge economic consequences both now and will continue to do so in the future.

We will have to manage a lack of language skills whilst trying to maintain international connections. Employees who speak more than one language are highly sought after since they bring skills that businesses require to develop good international relationships and to create trade deals.

According to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Modern Languages, “We will need more UK officials with foreign language skills.” “Language skills are vital for our exports, education, public services and diplomacy.” 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

Why Hire a Private Language Tutor for Your Child’s GCSE

language tutorAccording 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

8 Tips to Help You Overcome Common Language Learning Problems

overcome language learning problemsThe 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

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