CONGRATULATIONS! You have made the decision to learn a new language. Whether this is your second language, or your fifth, your goals are the same – you want to be able to communicate with others, and the stages of language acquisition will likely be the same as well. You may run into roadblocks, we all … Continue reading TEN STAGES OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
If you’re like me, you’re amazed and in awe when you hear someone speaking in one language only to quickly switch and begin speaking in another one just as fluently. That really motivates me and makes me wish I could do the very same thing. I suppose you could call this my “WHY”. So ask … Continue reading GET MOTIVATED NOW: Why Is Being Bilingual Important to YOU?
If you’re like me, you would love to learn to speak a foreign language, or two or three. Whether it is for employment, travel, or just for fun, keeping the brain engaged in learning is healthy, smart, and many times fun if you choose the right thing to learn. Being able to communicate better should … Continue reading LEARN HOW TO SPEAK A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: 10 STEPS TO SUCCESS
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The United States has been a cultural ‘melting pot’ or ‘salad bowl’ for over two hundred years. With this trend, comes the reality that many cultures must co-exist and work together. A harmonious blending doesn’t always happen, and there are challenges of diversity in the workplace environment. How can we overcome language barriers in the … Continue reading LANGUAGE BARRIERS IN THE WORKPLACE: How to Overcome Them
Hello everyone! David and I have left the United States and are looking forward to an immersion experience. We love to travel, to Mexico in particular, but our experiences to date have always been at a resort or on a cruise. We decided several trips ago that we really wanted to “experience” Mexico. So we’ve … Continue reading Immersion Experience – Our Travelogue
Product: Babbel Language Courses Overall Ranking: 90/100 Price: Subscriptions range in cost from $6.95 to $12.95 per month, depending on how many months you are paying for at a time. Owners: Babbel was founded in 2007 by Markus Witte, Thomas Holl, and Lorenz Heine. The company currently employs about 350 people in 28 countries. Website: … Continue reading BABBEL Review
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?