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
A lot of the people that I teach are often not complete beginners in Spanish. Often they have learnt the language in school years ago or they did an evening college course or they followed a CD course in their own time but have had several years or months break. They normally think they will never be able to get the language back or re-learn it, however the truth is that it can be easily done and does not need to take long either. What you have learnt well previously will have stayed in your long-term memory. It just needs a little refreshing.
For example, one of my clients learnt Spanish O’level in school over 30 years ago, however, because he learnt it so well at the time, he still remembers many verbs and how to conjugate them in different tenses. It is amazing how much he is able to reactivate because it is still there unused in the brain!
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
Maybe you have decided to start learning Spanish on your own without going to a college class or working with a tutor. This is much easier to do nowadays given the many language learning resources available on the internet and more and more language apps you can download onto your smart phone.
You have probably already worked out the benefits of learning alone; you study at your own pace whenever you have the time and will not feel the classroom pressure to keep up with everyone else. You don’t feel left behind if you miss a class. You can choose exactly what to study to achieve your specific goals.
However, there are disadvantages and difficulties that people face who decide to “go it alone” when learning a language. The first problem most people face is “language learning overwhelm”. You come across so much advice about what to learn first – should you focus on grammar or growing your vocabulary? Should you try to start speaking straight away? What are the best resources to use? How are you going to test yourself and keep track of your progress? The list of questions goes on. Continue reading
If you are applying for a job in Spain, you are in the right place. We are here to help you figure it out and get that job! But first, let us explain what a CV is and why it is so important to nail yours. 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
When you learn a new language it is obvious you are going to be making a few mistakes to begin with. The best way to not get disheartened is to embrace your mistakes, laugh at them and make sure you don’t make them again!
In this blog post I will go through some of the most common mistakes that beginners make that can cause a few laughs. Continue reading
Learning a new language is always a challenge, but a fun and exciting one. Perfecting your language skills and acquiring a new language is brilliant for your brain activity and will certainly make you feel fulfilled. But, however happy you are to be learning a new language, you have to be aware that it’s far from an easy task. In fact, you need to go the extra mile if you truly want to perfect your language skills.
This is why your language learning process should include different strategies and approaches to perfecting your skills. And, even though you may not be aware of it, writing can help you improve your language learning process. If you’re not sure how, just keep reading.
Here are 6 ways writing helps improve the language learning process. Continue reading
Busuu is a popular language learning app that you can access via your smartphone, tablet or computer. This means you can use it wherever you are with an internet connection.
It uses similar methods of learning to Duolingo such as gamification so is highly addictive and fun to use. However the content and style are quite different to Duolingo.
There is a free plan and two paid Premium plans which we will look at in more detail along with a limited time special offer. Continue reading
Spanish is one of the easiest and most useful languages to know. In the US and Europe it is the most popular foreign language to learn for English speakers. Spanish is spoken in many countries in the world apart from just Spain; Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Venezuela, Peru, El Salvador, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and with over 480 million native speakers in the world you will find it easy to find someone to practise speaking with.
Benefits of learning Spanish:
In today’s blog post we will help you discover some of the best Spanish learning apps available today: Continue reading