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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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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