Studying a second language is an appealing idea, but many feel discouraged because they think the costs outweigh the benefits. That’s not always realistic, but it can be. Here’s a brief synopsis of how to measure the economic utility and weigh the projected return on investment (ROI) for your studies. When choosing whether to study a foreign language, and, furthermore, deciding which language that should be, the pros and cons depend largely on proximity, difficulty, and the estimated professional worth. Proximity The…
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As the world shrinks, so does its diversity it seems. Cultural homogenization is especially problematic for the preservation of indigenous languages as we continue to move toward a globally recognized lingua franca. Culture and history will determine whether native indigenous tongues either race toward extinction or manage to be soundly preserved. In any case, it is without question that they all are being forced to confront the issue head on. Here are some examples and background on where it’s a problem and…
When you ask expats about their time living in Korea, you’ll most likely have the pleasure of hearing them rave on and on about how wonderful life can be in this unique country. Korea is not only one of the friendliest places on the planet, but has also been rated as one of the top ten safest countries in the world. This, coupled with amazing food, low cost of living, and a dynamic culture may mean that Korea is the perfect place…
For the traveler set to explore Italy, either for business or pleasure, the first item you want to confirm is where you’ll be resting your weary head at night. Our forum of experts asked your opinion of the best places to stay in Italy, and formed a list of our clients’ top 10 hotels based on the responses. Check out the winners, click through to their websites to book a reservation, then start reviewing your Italian before saying “Bongiorno” to this beautiful country! 10. Michelangelo…
Writing in more than one language may be a difficult challenge, a liberating experience and a triumph all at once–we’ll take you through the obstacles that you might face during this process.
Spanish has long been the most in demand foreign language in US high schools, and recent studies have shown that trend spreading to the UK. Due to Brits’ increasing fascination with Latin culture – catalyzed by the universal appeal of Spanish and Latin American celebrities – more and more young people are opting to study Spanish over other languages. A language associated with football, fiery music, and tropical beaches, Spanish is coming into close competition with French, the traditional foreign language of…
If you’ve been studying French for some time, you’ve probably reached the point where you’re comfortable with the grammar but are in serious need of increasing your vocab bank. Many people consider this as one of the hardest parts of language learning, due to the memory gymnastics you have to put your brain through. And even though there is no official method for vocab study, there are a few tips you can take into account when trying to increase your French vocabulary:…
There are several benefits to knowing a second language. Many of them pertain to better paying and more interesting employment opportunities. In today’s hyperconnected global society, bilingual job seekers are more valuable than ever. Here’s why: You Become A More Rational Thinker According to researcher Boaz Keysar of UChicago, “foreign language provides a distancing mechanism that moves people from the immediate intuitive system to a more deliberate mode of thinking.” There was a study at the University of Chicago where they gave…
It is uncommon for Japanese people to live abroad. Tokyo alone holds upwards of 13 million people, yet there are only about 2.5 million Japanese descendants living outside of Japan. But here’s a kicker. About 60% of those Japanese descendants are living in one country. And it’s not in Asia. And it’s not the United States. As it turns out, the largest Japanese population outside of Japan is in Brazil. A Brief History In 1871, the han system, which was basically the…
To the student of the Finnish language, you’ve probably already realized that you have your work cut out for you. Finnish is very difficult to learn for native English speakers due to its isolation from Indo-European languages. In addition to this, outside of the classroom it can be hard to find anyone to practice your speaking skills with, as Finns have a reputation for being introverted. But if you launch a conversation quickly about Finland and the Finnish culture, they will be…