Languages are grouped into families, and one definition of a language family is simply a group of languages related through descent from a common ancestor, called the “proto-language” of the family. You might think of this like you and your cousins are all related because you share the same grandfather. One example of a language … Continue reading LANGUAGE FAMILIES OF THE WORLD
To make it easier for educational institutions and employers to evaluate the language qualifications of students and/or candidates for their admission and/or employment, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR or CEF) was developed by the Council of Europe. This guideline is used to gauge levels of language ability, no … Continue reading LEVELS OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: WHERE ARE YOU?
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One of the most difficult aspects of learning a new language is getting over the conviction that language learning is hard. Benny Lewis, the “Irish polyglot,” has made it his mission to disprove that conviction and help you to become bilingual … or polylingual! Overview His series Why Language Is Easy is comprised of 6 … Continue reading WHY LANGUAGE IS EASY
Product: Rosetta Stone Overall Ranking: 75/100 Price: $179 list for level 1; $499 list for levels 1-5 Owners: Rosetta Stone Ltd. Website: RosettaStone.com INTRODUCTION Rosetta Stone seems to be the most popular and widespread language method available, and it’s available for 29 different languages. Rosetta Stone describes itself as a natural immersion –based method, which … Continue reading ROSETTA STONE – Is it Really the Gold Standard?
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Product: Conversation Countdown Overall Ranking: 95/100 Price: $47 Owners: Benny Lewis, FI3M Website: http://fi3mplus.com INTRODUCTION I’ve spoken “restaurant Spanish” for some time. You know, order the food, ask for the check, etc., pretty safe and predictable. Well, yesterday I had my first conversation over Skype with a native Spanish speaker from Columbia. I should have … Continue reading CONVERSATION COUNTDOWN – FIRST STEPS TO FLUENCY
We’d all like to know the best way to learn a foreign language, especially the best way to learn vocabulary. With that in mind, here are some tools I have found helpful for learning vocabulary in another language. Each is available free, although some also have premium (paid) editions. BYKI, ANKI, and Memrise are all … Continue reading FIVE TOOLS FOR LEARNING VOCABULARY IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE
Product: Learning Spanish Like Crazy Overall Ranking: 80/100 Price: $197 per Level for Levels 1 & 2 Owners: Learning Like Crazy, Inc (Founded by Patrick Jackson) INTRODUCTION Learning Spanish Like Crazy is a popular program available on CDs. Founder Patrick Jackson was a New York attorney who learned Spanish by another more formal method and … Continue reading LEARNING LIKE CRAZY – WHY NOT?