How to Read Your Way to Better English or Foreign Language Proficiency

First stop, the Local Library

So, we’re improving our English or learning a foreign language, are we? Then our first stop is the library. You’ll need to track down a decent grammar book in the target language and a variety of relatively short-length reading material in the target language too. Both of these resources may be readily on hand at the local library, and at little or no cost, as well. Using these, you’re going to ramp up your English or foreign language skills to a substantial degree. The grammar book will be a useful guide through those rough spots you’ll hit when the target language grammar differs substantially from English or your native tongue. But make no mistake, it’s not “the bible” and you shouldn’t overburden yourself with grammar rules and regulations. Your grammar book is a handy guide for occasional reference. Use it accordingly.

A Structured Type

“I’m an very structured type of

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Learn To Speak Chinese Easily With Language Software

How do we learn language naturally?

Languages are learned naturally by people listening to others. When you were a young child you learned your native language by listening and imitating your parents and family. You learnt to speak and comprehend the language well before you could read and write. By the time you started school you already had the capability to articulate yourself well enough to be understood by others. Several hundred years ago the majority of the population could not read and write. However, they all learnt to speak and comprehend a language, sometimes many languages, simply by listening and interacting with others.

There are a lot of places in the world, such as West Africa, where it is commonplace to find people who speak half a dozen languages but have had no formal education. There are no language schools. How do they do that? They had to do it because it’s part of their lives. They go down to the market, they find people ta

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Do You Know Why English Has Attained the Status of International Language?

Most of you must agree to the fact that wherever you move around the globe, you will surely find someone who knows English. Isn’t it? Because of the growing dominance of the dialect around the world, the need for learning the same gets intense. Hence, it is necessary to communicate successfully in the global context.

The fascinating thing about the language is that people from different countries have different accents and pronunciations, but still it becomes one of the most preferred medium of communication that connects people of different nationalities. Just because of its global reach, the necessity for developing an understanding of the jargon stand out in today’s competitive era.

English Around the World – Factors Behind its Global Dominance

  • To Keep Up With the Pace of Global Business – The world is accommodating more of English speakers in the business community. In fact, any business meeting b

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Learning a Foreign Language With a Speech Impediment

Overcoming Obstacles

Have you ever wanted to learn a foreign language? Although there has been a language requirement in high school for a long time, experts have only recently begun to assert that learning a different language can have many benefits. In fact, it is now recommended that children begin learning another language as soon as possible, because most young children find it easier to learn at an early age, than adults and older children do.

Yet, many people find learning a language difficult, especially those with a speech impediment. A speech impediment can make even learning one’s native language frustrating-but it is not impossible to learn it with a speech impediment. All you need is practice, patience, and determination!

Why Take On The Challenge?

There are lots of benefits and opportunities open to you when you become bi-lingual or even multi-lingual. Multilingualism is seen as an asset in the business world. When a

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Can You Really Learn A Foreign Language While You Sleep?

It really seems so easy. Just put on the CD or tapes, relax in bed and learn English (or another foreign language) while you sleep. Have you ever seen those ads that say, “Learn English While Sleeping” or that promise “effortless” language learning by listening to a tape or CD while you relax or take a nap? With the continual rise in the study of English as a foreign or second language, (EFL, ESL) progressive TEFL English and foreign language teachers, foreign language learners, and educational administrators need to be aware of the implications posed by claims of “learning English (or another foreign language) while you sleep. To better understand the processes involved let’s first look at each of them individually in turn. In this first part of the series, we’ll examine the elements of sleep.

What is Sleep?

The state of sleep is generally defined as “the resting state in which the body is not active and the mind is unco

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How to Learn the Lebanese (Arabic) Language?

There are 4 million Lebanese people living in Lebanon, but there are 15 million Lebanese scattered all over the world. The Lebanese language is also understood in the entire Middle-East region, by over 60 million people, or twice more if you include Egypt.

Learning Lebanese is as easy as learning any other foreign language, but you need to know where to start. Many confuse the Lebanese spoken language with Arabic. Although the two have common roots, Lebanese is to Arabic as French is to Latin. Lebanese is a living spoken language, whereas Arabic is a written only language.

Some may refer to Lebanese as the Lebanese dialect of Arabic, but to foreign ears it is a language in its own right.

In order to learn Lebanese, we recommend the following steps:

First of all, you need to forget about the idea that you will have to learn Arabic script writing in order to Learn Lebanese.

Lebanese people have developed a way of transliterating Lebanese pronunciatio

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Learning a Language: Make It Real and You’ll Never Forget It

Sniffing, then squinting and holding up a Kiwi fruit a Chinese student muttered something I wasn’t sure I wanted to have translated. A classmate from Brazil leaned over, pointing to a photo in a picture dictionary. Two Korean ladies giggled, their hands covering their mouths.

The lesson on food was bombing big time. When the ESL class ended, none of us were satisfied, but at least the topic had been broached. “Review your vocabulary materials before next class”, I encouraged. They were all new to the USA. Some had only been in their new country a few days, others a few weeks. A few for a couple of months or so, but none had yet crossed over into the realm of communicating on a daily basis in English. I had to do something to help my multi-cultural class of ESL students start to internalize the language. Thinking back on my own French language struggles in Paris and French Canada, the answer struck me. The next class I was ready.

“Okay, everybody

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5 Strategies For Learning American Sign Language

To increase your language learning in the classroom, develop the following habits:

1. Build a language community.

Try not to miss class, especially at the beginning. Your class strives to form a language community: the cohesiveness of the group influences how rich the language exchange is in the classroom. Missing class makes it difficult to achieve this interactive environment. Maintain a signing environment in the classroom. During class breaks, before class begins, and whenever deaf people are present.

2. Minimize reliance on English as you listen or converse in ASL.

Leave English (and your voice) outside the door. Try not to translate in your head as you watch someone sign. At first, this will be difficult to do, but as you become more fluent, the temptation should lessen. Do not worry about taking notes during class. Instead use class time to immerse yourself in the language by interacting with the teacher and other students using ASL. The

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The Top Mistakes To Avoid When Learning A New Language

Learning a foreign language can be one of the most difficult and stressful things anyone can go through. You will have to learn new ways of pronouncing letters and producing the right sounds that the words make. Of course, you will also have to remember the meaning of each new word that you will learn.

Certain mistakes will also make the whole learning process go harder. What are the top mistakes that can cause you to have a harder time learning a new language? Read them below:

Trying to memorize all the grammar rules.

Grammar is important in any language. However, regardless of the language, grammar will always be tricky for non-native speakers. Using the right tenses, gerunds, infinitives, etc. are useful if you will be writing academic essays or professional emails. But if your main objective is to communicate in preparation for a trip abroad or to master just the basics, don’t stress about this too much. You’ll always just feel a

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Learning a Language In the Throes of the Perfectionist Syndrome

The infamous perfectionist syndrome is considered by many one of the worst enemies of a language learner. To those who are trying to follow the Speak from Day One approach – often at the instigation of their teacher – it certainly is. There is that little and very nasty stickler sitting somewhere inside the person, ready at any moment to interfere and whisper something like “if you say this, you will probably make a mistake – are you sure you conjugate this verb correctly?” Which results in awkward silence and in angry glances from the teacher.

The same applies to writing: a language learner in the throes of the perfectionist syndrome will normally wait much longer than necessary before daring to make their written work public, since there might be errors hiding in it somewhere, and the thought of other people noticing them is really and truly unbearable. Ever been in the same forum with a member always correcting every post should a tin

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