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Self-Learning – Coping With A New Language At College

Self-learning a languageLearning a new language is as easy as human nature for a newly born child. As we grow older, we become much less experimental and less accustomed to picking up new language skills. That doesn’t mean that we cannot become motivated towards learning a new language if we wanted.

College students need to start becoming a little more experimental in learning a new language. Making mistakes is the only way to learn a new language. The first time we make a mistake, somebody will be there to correct us, and it becomes a part of the learning process. 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

Why Businesses Need to Invest in Foreign Language Training

Learning languages for business“Monoligualism is the Illiteracy of the 21st Century” British Academy.

According to the British Council, “Deficient language skills and the presumption that international business partners will speak English costs the UK economy about 3.5% of GDP”.

Businesses are expanding rapidly and one of the most common ways to do this is to tap into foreign markets. To do this successfully it is important to be able to communicate effectively with colleagues, suppliers and customers abroad to avoid embarrassing mistakes and problems. Employing foreign staff and learning a second language will open up many opportunities for your business. In this blog post we will discuss why now is the best time to invest in employee language training. Continue reading

6 Reasons Why Private Language Tuition is So Popular

Last academic year 2018-2019 we were so pleased to have a record year of results for the students that we tutored in foreign languages. All students achieved levels 8 or 9 at GCSE with one achieving nearly 100% on her papers and another receiving the award at the presentation for best attainment in Spanish.

September is a busy time when students go back to school and especially those in GCSE and A-level year groups start to panic about the exams in the summer. Often parents want to help their children by booking private tutoring sessions to help them prepare in time and to reduce the stress nearer exam time.

Private language tuition is a particularly good idea due to the reasons we will go through in today’s blog post: Continue reading

Top 7 Do’s and Don’ts when Learning German

German is not really that difficult. And to be fair, you can easily learn any language as long as you document your learning procedure.

While the language may have quite a reputation, it isn’t as hard as English, which is riddled with tons of inconsistencies, some weirdly nonsensical spelling and plenty of fragile, tense forms—this can confuse even the most expert language learners.

In this post, we will focus on specific do’s and don’ts in learning German. This guide will help you over the hurdles you’ll face when learning the language for the first time. The tips mentioned below will accelerate your progress and make German seem less daunting.

So, without further ado, let’s get started! Continue reading

4 Reasons to Start Learning a Foreign Language at College

Studying at college is a valuable investment in a successful future. But every student can add up to it by learning a foreign language during these years.

Why? Because it has lots of benefits, starting with the improved ability to multitask and ending with exciting career opportunities. Also, studying at college is a great time for students to invest in self-development, explore, and learn new things and skills. So let’s find out more. Continue reading

6 Ways to Use the 80/20 Rule with Language Learning

The 80/20 rule also known as the Pareto Principle states that 80% of your results are produced by only 20% of your efforts.

This means that if 80% of your efforts will not have a big effect on improving your language level then it is clear that you need to identify the 20% that will have the biggest impact on your progress.

Only a small fraction of your efforts will bring in the greatest results.

This is a really important concept because if you apply this rule, it will make you a much more efficient language learner and will help you to make the most progress with the minimum amount of time and effort.

In this blog post we will look at ways to make sure you are concentrating your efforts on the 20% that will have the biggest effect on your language learning. Continue reading

10 Ways to Document your Language Learning

Why is it important to document and measure progress?

1. You can see your progress clearly.

You will realise how much you actually know. We all have bad days and think we’ll never master the language. If you look back at far you’ve come it can give you a reality check and keep you motivated to keep going. Continue reading

Language Learners: How to Improve Your Basic Writing Skills

An essential part of learning a new language is learning how to write it. Not only is this a critical part of communication, but writing things down is one of the best ways to ingrain the information into your mind to help you learn it more effectively.

However, learning to write in another language is much easier said than done; and you’re sure to be looking for all the help you can get. Today, we’re going to explore all the things, tips and pieces of advice you need to know when it comes to learning how to improve your basic writing skills. Continue reading

7 Ways to Improve Your Spanish Through Reading

Are you ready to immerse yourself in reading? And not just any type of reading, but a style that implies more conscious effort in exchange for more benefits.

Improving your Spanish through reading is simply one of the most effective ways to begin understanding this language as a whole.

And it’s not all just about work – once you handle the basic understanding of the language, the reading experience will evoke imagination, relaxation, and inspiration.

Obviously, learning a language is more complex than that. It involves a long journey that is full of opportunities, failures, successes, struggles, challenges, and so on.

Improving your Spanish through reading is just the first step – taking your mastery to the next level is the next.

In today’s post, we’re discussing the 7 ways to improve your Spanish language skills through reading.

More specifically, we’ll discuss the benefits of learning a language through reading and cover a few insightful language learning strategies. Pay attention, take some notes, and start reading! Continue reading

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