The A to Z of language learning

January 19, 2014 at 3:16 pm

A is for… accent

The key to sounding good in a foreign language, a good accent comes with time and practice. Some people seem to have a natural aptitude for copying accents, while others will always sound “foreign”. There is … Read more

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Five common mistakes when learning a language

July 22, 2013 at 7:18 am

If you are learning a language, or planning to learn a language, get ready for a challenging, sometimes frustrating but consistently rewarding experience. Different learning techniques work for different people, and it can sometimes be beneficial to mix and match … Read more

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I’m a million different people from one day to the next

July 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm

If you recorded everything you said for seven days, you may be surprised at how many people you can be.

Consider two different situations. Firstly, you are in a job interview and keen to impress your interviewer. Chances are, you … Read more

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Language learning hacks – practical advice or chasing rainbows?

May 8, 2013 at 8:38 am

Do you want to learn to speak Mandarin Chinese in three months?

Sounds great, doesn’t it. You too can fly in the face of the stereotypical English-only speaker, wowing friends, family and business contacts with your flowing Mandarin (or Cantonese, … Read more

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Cases – German instruments of torture

April 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Photo: Frédéric Reisgen

The 8th century was an age of cruelty, where plagues decimated the populations of Europe, human sacrifices to the gods were not unknown and enslavement was an occupational hazard.

A recognisable version of the German language … Read more

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Question: what are “false friends”?

March 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm

a)   Friends you invite into your home, share precious evenings with, send your favourite YouTube clips before anyone else only for them to shack up with your boyfriend/girlfriend the moment your back is turned. How could they be so cold?… Read more

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Long-Haired Dictionary

February 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm

long-haired dictionary (n): a foreign girlfriend who will help you with your language learning.

A typical conversation may go something like this:

Man: Hi darling, how was your day at work?

Long-haired dictionary: It was terrible, I spilled tea on … Read more

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