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Most language learning resources focus on the process of what YOU can do to learn a language. But what I'm interested in is how a language is an organic, living, naturally occurring phenomenon, like rivers, trees, and humans, and what that has to do with efficient language learning, as well as what it has to do with the nature of life/God/the universe (as a bonus). The mathematician... read more

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Learning a foreign language can be daunting, especially when you're a beginner and don't have the vocabulary to express yourself. Rote memorization works in the short term, but if that's how you're learning your vocabulary then your brain is more likely to forget the information later. I've studied a variety of foreign languages (though I'm not fluent in any of them (yet)): Spanish, French, Italian,... read more

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10 Tips to Advance Your Second-language Learning Process Speaking a second language is a wonderful tool to have at your disposal. Not only is it fun and cool, but it opens doors to experience another culture in new, exciting and personal ways. And if you're working on speaking a language that others speak in your community, it can also open doors for you professionally. So, if you're itching... read more

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Are you interested in learning Spanish but need a more structured course to help you get started? I have a great beginning Spanish curriculum that is ideal for the school-age or adult learner. The focus of the curriculum is to learn the basics to actually communicate in the language. Lessons are fun and are infused with language and culture. Contact me for more information on the classes I offer... read more

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There are many arguments schools give for having Latin as a language course: Its being the basis for a host of other romance languages; its use in the legal or medical fields; and even (which is a bit far-fetched in my mind) for forming the mind to function more logically. Students who are obliged to take Latin will inevitably question reasons such as these or any reason a teacher or headmaster... read more

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Five major tips to making learning a foreign language fun:   1. Make it applicable to your life. Learn stuff that you think is important to you, things that you'll use the most often, and things that will stick.   2. Integrate the culture. Learning a language is more than just learning how to speak. You want to learn how to understand other people, and how they think... read more

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Duolingo is a free website and mobile app for language learning. Lessons include translating sentences, identifying objects, repeating words and much more. It is a useful tool that I have been having a lot of fun with lately. I recommend to check it out if you are studying English as a second language, foreign languages, or you enjoy learning in your free time. 

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Are you taking a foreign language in school? Maybe it is Spanish, or Japanese, or French? Well, that's great! However, summer is typically the time that most of what you have learned in these second languages during the school year wears away, and very fast too.   That's why it's recommended that you keep practicing reading, writing, listening, and speaking in your second (or third)... read more

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As summer is in it's full groove , it gets harder for both ends to focus-tutors and students alike. We want to sit by the pool and soak up the sun. We cut our hours as a team to enjoy the short summer we get. Solutions to this? I find it easier to talk to the little ones in the target language while doing lounging activities . If a student wants to show me their summer game, I let them while speaking... read more

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Summer is a great break for students and teachers alike.  However, students can experience a huge educational deficit by not being able to practice the language they have been studying by not being exposed to it during summer months.  There are some fun ways for them to practice their language skills during this much needed vacation.   Study Blue is a great site full of... read more

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In addition to teaching full-time, I tutor students from ages 8-adults in French and Spanish. It is always exciting to watch my students in school grow and use their language outside of the classroom, but I was THRILLED to watch and hear my private students excel their levels too! I use the Ipad with my youngest student to privately tutor him and after a few sessions of not seeing him we reunited... read more

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Hey all, I've decided to share some private thoughts with all of you.  It's nothing really touchy-feely, just some observations as I go through the process of studying and tutoring Japanese.   My ultimate goal is to become an educator, that is to say, a teacher or professor of Japanese at a high school or, more likely, at a university.  To do so, I have to take an OPI (Oral... read more

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Step #1: Feed Your Brain Your brain likes new words that are connected to experience. So use as many of your five senses while you learn a new word. Are you learning action words? Get up and do them! Are you learning the names of household items? Collect them from your house and act out your sentences with them. Every time you add experience to your new word, you strengthen it in your memory... read more

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One reason is because Spanish is one of the main languages that English is based on. In point of fact about 70% of the words in the English language are Spanish.  For this reason, Spanish is easy to learn. For example, the lasso is a Spanish word for a rope which is used to catch animals such as cattle. Some words like "incredible" are the same in English as they are in Spanish... read more

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Many of my students dread conjugating verbs. They dread it even more when the verbs are irregular and have the same meaning!!  The verbs ser and estar both mean "to be", so what is the difference between the two?? Ser is used to describe things that are permanent or often unchangeable.  For example, Yo soy de Estados Unidos.(I am from the United States)... read more

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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 keep... read more

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  What type of learner are you? Learning a new language will require you to memorize vocabulary and grammar. The first thing I recommend is to determine whether you’re a visual, auditive or kinesthetic learner. How do you know? Let me share with you a rather simple trick. Pick two new words you want to learn. Read them several times. Can you remember them the day after... read more

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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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