8 fun ways to continue your language learning over the summer!

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

The Benefits of After School Language Clubs

language clubsIt is widely known that learning a foreign language from an early age helps children excel in all subjects. Being able to speak another language builds their self-confidence and improves understanding of their native language.

Children who speak a foreign language usually find problem solving easier to tackle and it improves cognitive development.

Later on if they wish to go to university, they will find that knowledge of a second language is a much sought after skill which universities and future employers greatly value. Continue reading

Spanish Football Phrases

Spanish football phrasesJoin in with the locals by discussing football!

A great way to start a conversation with the locals in Spain would be to discuss a football match. It is worth pointing out to start with that some football related words vary depending on country and region.

Here are some key words and phrases to start you off.
Remember, some of the endings will change depending on whether they are male or female.

Spanish positions / titles:

football player – el/la futbolista
coach – entrenador/a
captain – el capitán
goalkeeper – portero/a / el guardameta Continue reading

How Learning Languages Helps Brain Function

Benefits of Knowing A Second Language

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

Learning Languages from Home

language learning at homePeople 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

Funny mistakes you don’t want to make in Spanish!

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

How to Excel in the DELE B1 Exam

DELE exam tipsThe Spanish DELE certificate is an officially recognised qualification all over the world.

This proves your level of proficiency in Spanish and tells people that you have the knowledge and linguistic skills to communicate effectively in Spanish in a variety of everyday situations.

There are 6 different levels; A1 and A2 for beginners, B1 and B2 for intermediate learners and C1 and C2 for advanced learners.

In this blog post we will focus on helping people to prepare for the B1 exams. Continue reading

5 Powerful Ways to Memorize Words in a Foreign Language

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

6 Ways Writing Can Help You Learn a Language

Writing with language learningLearning 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

Learning a New Language in University vs. Secondary

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In our multicultural world, speaking only one language can hold you back on several levels. Those who can speak more than one language enjoy increased job opportunities, for example, while also expanding their worldview. Additionally, there are plenty of cognitive benefits of learning a new language, from helping to improve your memory to providing a creativity boost.

And those benefits can happen for language students of all ages. While the consensus is that it’s easier, at least on a cognitive level, to begin learning a new language at a young age, it’s never too late to dive in. A university environment can be equally, if not more, enriching experience than learning a second language in a primary or secondary school setting.

For starters, your adult vocabulary is likely richer than ever, providing greater opportunity to grasp a second language. Language and culture immersion opportunities are usually much more ubiquitous in post-secondary settings as well. Let’s explore the nuances of learning a new language in university versus secondary school, and ways to access lessons no matter your age. Continue reading

 

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