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French resources -- Duolingo App

One of my favorite French resources is an app called Duolingo. Duolingo is free and it provides an easy way to track your progress and set goals for yourself. It's set up like a game and you win points for correct answers, and you can 'compete' with your friends at different levels. It also requires that you "strengthen your skills", which keeps your memory fresh and up to date by... read more

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French Pronunciation

Have you studied French for what seems like forever, and still have difficulty being understood by French speakers when you travel to France? Do the particulars of French pronunciation and intonation escape you?   French vowels are quite tense and register a higher pitch than English vowels when pronounced correctly. Also, the French intonation pattern is syllable-timed, while English... read more

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Tout nouveau, tout beau!

Bonjour chers lectrices et lecteurs!   Je me rejouis de commencer ce blog! Pas très sure encore de ce que je vais y mettre mais je me lance...   Je vis à Hilton Head depuis plus de 5 ans maintenant, mariée à un américain. J'ai 2 enfants bilingues.   Un article était paru dans le Island Packet en 2011 sur mon rôle de mère élevant ses enfants dans un milieu... read more

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WWTK: Mastering Challenging Subjects

When I was in high school, I was fairly skilled at most subjects. One that always seemed to be an effort, though, was French language classes. They just seemed to have a lot of little parts to memorize and drill, so many irregular verbs, so many special cases. I held on, but it always seemed like a lot of work. That is, until my senior year. Due to my ballet... read more

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Learning a Foreign Language: The Dos and the Don'ts

Many students have a fear of learning a foreign language.  Instead of approaching acquiring a new tongue as an exciting challenge, many approach it with the question "Why do we have to learn this?"  Learning a foreign language can be a wonderful experience.  Here a few of my "Dos and Don'ts" when approaching foreign language learning.   DO... read more

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Comment from future UCSD student, Jason H., August 2013

..... C'est vous qui avez rendu le français une matière que j'aime bien. Savez-vous que je me suis inscrit dans votre cours de français 101 seulement parce que j'ai dû étudier une langue étrangère pendant un semestre, et que je pensais que j'allais détester la matière, et peut-être même râter ? Le français est maintenant une partie de ma vie -- en fait, la langue ainsi que la culture de... read more

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Duolingo - Fun, effective resource for foreign language learners

I recently got a tip about this language-learning app from Duolingo and have been test-driving it on my iPhone for a few days in Spanish, a language I've never formally studied. And I like it, quite a bit in fact. As an ESL and German teacher of many years, and someone who has dabbled in a variety of other languages, I put a lot of thought and study into the process of learning language. Duolingo... read more

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What clients say about The Language rescue Center

Following are a few testimonials that have been provided by people who have seen and/or benefited from our language teaching skills and experience. Bovic L. taught French at the University of Indianapolis in 2004. It is my recollection that he did a very admirable job. He is a native speaker of French who has an engaging style and who is very interested in the success of his students. I might... read more

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Spanish, French, English, Language Arts and Test Preparation Tutor. Contact me today to schedule a lesson!

Hello! Thank you for visiting my site! I have 8 years of language teaching experience. I taught for 7 years at Princeton University and 1 year at the University of Notre Dame. It is truly a joy for me to help people reach their academic and personal goals. Please contact me as soon as possible to inquire about scheduling a tutoring session with me. I specialize in language arts, particularly... read more

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iCal for scheduling appointments

I found using iCal to schedule my tutor assignments to be excellent. My iPhone5 and iPad are synchronized to my iMac, so wherever I am I can reference my appointments. Wherever I am, I can add, delete, or change appointments. Usually I modify the title of the appointment to show the time, so that when I bring up the monthly calendar I can see what I have scheduled for each day, organized by... read more

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Improving your foreign language skills without purchasing expensive software!

Have you taken a full year or two of a foreign language, and wish to have an enjoyable way to increase, improve, and expand your vocabulary and comprehension of the language in 'real' life? Here is an easy and rewarding way to do so. First, let's figure what you usually 'need' for foreign language study: material in the language you're studying; a way to look up or translate unfamiliar words... read more

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Scheduled Study Time

I was working with a student last week who is preparing for her French 2 final (in high school). She has not had much success with her teacher and is missing some very basic vocabulary and grammar concepts. Although she has improved by leaps and bounds she needs a really good grade on this final. At the end of our tutoring session, we broke down the units that would appear on her final. This... read more

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Ma technique d'apprentissage

Bonjour à tous et à toutes, bienvenue sur mon blog, en français bien sûr ! Après tout, c'est la langue que vous rêvez d'apprendre, non ? Vous voulez apprendre le français ou vous perfectionner ? Rien de plus facile. Vous êtes étudiant, vous utilisez le français dans votre cadre professionnel, vous voulez voyager en France, vous pouvez compter sur moi. Quel que soient votre niveau... read more

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Sink or Swim – Can You Make It in Language Immersion?

YES YOU CAN! And it’s, hands down, the best way to learn a language. I thought I’d write this post in response to the news that six elementary schools in Metro-Atlanta will begin dual immersion language programs in Spanish, French and Chinese. http://www.globalatlanta.com/article/26210/schools-get-15000-for-language-immersion-programs/ Here are some tips on how to learn a language... read more

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Looking for a way to review vocabulary words and use your previous knowledge?

One way to review newer vocabulary while using older vocabulary is to do "circomlocution." Essentially, you play it like password with a partner. You describe the word in the target language. Not only is this fun, but it also boosts your communication skills. I learned this while student teaching, using it quite often. In my long term substitute position at DC Everest, I brought... read more

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