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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Why Teach English As A Second Language To Children In Developing Countries?

Whereas education is very important in life and is the right of every child, a good number of children, especially in developing countries do not enjoy this very important right. Poverty is the major cause for such situations. Parents are not able to pay fees for education and even when they do the children attend schools that lack in resources. Apart from lacking the learning tools, most schools set in poor localities lack enough teachers to handle the children attending them.

English is one of the languages children should learn and it is actually the major language used to teach in most schools. But with the failure to get a good education or even have teachers to teach them, children from poor backgrounds may never really learn the language or even learn the proper English for that matter. But thanks to charitable organizations reaching out to developing countries, a good number of the children can finally learn the language through distance learning. The fact that they a

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Things You Should Do to Make Your Chinese Learning Easier

Learning a new language can be done for fun or for more serious reasons. Some of the reasons that could compel you into learning Chinese include relocating to the country for educational reasons or to settle there because of one reason or another. If you are looking forward to doing business, creating partnerships or even working in the country or with its locals, then you might also need to learn the language. The challenge of learning a new language is inevitable, even when it comes to Chinese, but by doing a few important things, you can actually have an easier time learning the language.

1. Know the languages

When it comes to Chinese, you have to decide whether to learn Cantonese or Mandarin. Mandarin is the national language of Taiwan and China and is best for travelers and learners headed to the country. Cantonese on the other hand is the primary language in Guangdong province and Hong Kong and you can consider it if you are headed to those two

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How Does Learning a Foreign Language Help With Cultural Awareness?

Contrary to popular belief, learning a foreign language is not simply about being able to speak it. It is about understanding and experiencing another culture and society, and, through this, broadening your own perspectives and outlook on the world.

Many prospective language learners greatly underestimate what it means to be culturally aware. No matter how familiar you may be with your native culture, you cannot be fully worldly aware unless you have an understanding of other cultures on the globe, no matter how insignificant the country, and what it may have to add to global society as a whole. A nation’s words are one of the most telling representations of its society; for example, coming across a word in a foreign language which has no direct translation into English reveals an entirely new series of meanings, exposing what is considered important to speakers of that language.

Learning a language creates empathy in the student, who begins from scratch to learn

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6 Most Useful Languages to Learn in 2018

Learning a language has been a popular New Year resolution for many years, and has consistently featured as one of the top 10 resolutions of all time.

So, if you are considering learning a language this new year, then you are in luck as we have selected the top foreign languages to learn in 2018.

1. Spanish

The far and wide spread of the Spanish language across Europe and the Americas has made it our No. 1 language to learn in the year 2018. With over 470 million native speakers and a growing number of non-native speakers, it is the most commonly spoken language in the world, second only to Mandarin Chinese.

Native: 470 Million (2017)

Non-native: 100 Million (2017)

Official Language in: Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Cuba, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Paraguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Uruguay and Equatorial Guinea.

Un-officially Spoken in: Ando

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Learn a Foreign Language in 48 Hours

The Clock Starts Ticking

Starting tomorrow morning, you’re going to practice English, Spanish, French or other foreign language. For the following 6 days, for 8 hours per day, you’ll work on grammar, pronunciation, watch videos and listen to audio materials. You’ll write short notes, grocery lists and play games in the target foreign language. All well and good – BUT – a week from today, is it really reasonable to think you’ll be fluent in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese or any other foreign language?

Of course not.

Could you learn a lot?

Yes.

Could you manage key words and phrases?

Sure.

Could you conduct a very basic “conversation” with someone in the foreign language?

Perhaps.

Yet many language institutes and foreign language programs give prospective learners the distinct impression that in 48 hours, a weekend or a week, they can “speak” the foreig

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Sign Language – Learn American Sign Language Easily

Sign Language Learning Benefits

Some people might argue this that if person know one language, then why should they learn language that is designed for deaf people. There could be 1000 different reasons for learning another language. For example:

1) If two people know sign language then they can have conversations with each other no matter how high the level of background noise.

2) After studying American Sign Language you can become a sign language interpreter or get a raise in your job after learning another language.

3) You might already interpreting sign language but for job purpose you need to get certification.

4) Person may learn American sign to increase knowledge and ability to communicate in unique way. you can communicate to your deaf friend too.

5) May be you just love the sign language because it’s very much visually oriented language.

6) In a study done by researchers and it was made clear that teaching baby a sign

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