Learning a foreign language is tough, but a definite must in today’s world where multilingualism is becoming a highly valued asset in the workplace. Most of the time, saying you are proficient in a language on your resume isn’t enough, employers will want to check your skills in the real world which could mean having to do a job interview in a foreign language. But don’t get intimidated just yet: having a chat with your future boss in a second language need…
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Learning a new language can be both a huge commitment and a fun experience, and language learners are constantly finding new and better ways to improve how quickly and efficiently they acquire knowledge. Studies have shown that hand gestures and images are great additions to language learning as is the use of movies, books, and music to improve vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. But, if you really want to get down to the basics of what can help you improve the most, perhaps…
Having a job in diplomacy used to be synonymous with knowing at least one other language, if not more. In recent years, however, reports have shown that the U.K. has been curbing spending in international services and one of the fields highly affected is that of language learning. You might be thinking that knowing a foreign tongue may not be very necessary for diplomats whose native language is English, after all, isn’t English the universal language of business and politics? Hold that…
The translating world has been abuzz lately with the revelation of Google’s newest app, which can translate any foreign language phrase in real-time via the camera on your phone. Many people are predicting this to be the end of translating as a human profession, yet that could not be farther from the truth. If anything, the internet’s foray into translating only underscores how irreplaceable the human touch in translation really is. Photo by Asset Language Management In fact, trusting your international relations to…
When the concept of global currency arises in most circles, people tend to think first of monetary currency. However, one of the most important values on the global stage, whether it is related to business, politics, and culture, is that of language currency. Image via PhotoPin For decades now, English has held sway as THE world language of trade, commerce, business, and even politics. But in recent years China has propelled itself forward as a major power, making Mandarin a heavyweight contender…
These days, knowing a foreign language is a must in order to keep up with our globalized world.
One of the common beliefs that plague many adult language learners is that it is impossible to become fluent in a language once you are past a certain age. While studies have shown that the younger an individual is when learning a foreign tongue the better, this doesn’t necessarily mean that conquering a new language as an adult is impractical. In fact, believe it or not, it is very possible for your grown-up self to become completely fluent in any language of…
Young learners have the unique and wonderful opportunity to learn language much faster and more easily than adults. However, finding course books that are suitable for children isn’t easy: they must be useful and educational, but at the same time be able to pique and maintain children’s interest and motivation. If you’re a parent or teacher struggling with the decision of which English course book to choose for a young learner, look no further: the five excellent selections here are perfect for…
Russian cinema, like the Russian language itself, can be daunting and difficult to make sense of at its best. Both are incredibly rich and nuanced and complicated, but incredibly rewarding once you put in the effort to understand it. However, for a beginner linguist as well as cinophile, you may find a four-hour philosophical work by Andrei Tarkovsky to be overwhelming. Break yourself in with a few of these less esoteric classics—they’re entertaining and contemporary, and provide a keen insight to Russian…
Reading fiction has a myriad of benefits, as studies have shown that those who do are more empathetic, increasingly socially perceptive, and tend to have sharper minds. Learning a foreign language also has its many pros, one of the major ones being that it lights up the pleasure receptors in your brain bringing you a sense of gratification. With so many benefits to both, you are probably more than ready to combine them, but may be wondering if, during your Spanish learning…