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...
I suppose I should dedicate this space to an introduction, to give you an idea of what I offer, moreso than just the basic profile.
I am very passionate about education. I suppose I always have been--something my mother instilled in me--but in the last few years I have begun working in that realm. I have been an in home tutor, substitute teacher, and worked with non profits as a...
Rosetta Stone Totale is a pretty cool program. I've been using it to learn some basics - Hebrew and Italian - and its actually been a lot of fun. How much you like Rosetta Stone Totale will depend on what type of learner you are. I was never an exemplary language learner, my talents are more mathematical and analytic, but Rosetta Stone Totale is very much changing that for me currently. It helps...
I was asked once by a Japanese ELL (English Language Learner) how she could improve her speaking. I told her that if you want to improve then you need to speak! Talk to everyone. Don't worry if you screw up or if your pronunciation isn't perfect. The only way to become better at speaking a language, and to gain confidence, is to practice.
How does an ELL...
Structure is necessary, it keeps things organized but unplanned topics can also present great learning opportunities. If the student is excited about something, we talk about it! There are always chances to learn new vocabulary words and even hit up some practice with grammar. After all, conversation is just that, going with the flow and seeing where things go. Be spontaneous amidst the structure...
I know this can be confusing for more advanced students, here is a simple tip to differentiate both:
We say :
-"se rappeler quelque chose" and
- "se souvenir DE quelque chose ou DE quelqu'un".
There is no such thing as "se rappeler de" in French...
- je me rappelle mon voyage en France
Look for the Latin roots in Spanish and French words that may also be found English. This helps one remember vocabulary and appreciate the connection between languages!
Here are some examples!
1. Aprender is 'to learn' in Spanish (apprendre in French), which corresponds to the English word 'apprentice.'
2. Escribir is to write in Spanish...
To make learning fun, I use tools that enable your memory to retain the learned information. I use the individuals most enjoyable activities, to teach with either flash cards, video, audio and personal favorits, such as hobbies and learn around those vocabularies. The interactive game comes in to play, when we use the verbs that go with this subjects, to fill in grammar, in self formed sentences...
Every one of us was taught grammar in grade school. We learned the rules of writing, how to construct sentences properly, when to use commas, how to avoid run-on sentences, proper diction and word choice and tons of other rules regarding how the English language "properly" works. But there's one thing we weren't really taught. In fact, most of us unquestioningly accepted these rules,...
der Schnee (noun), depending on context = snow, nose candy [coll.] /
Schneeflocke = snowflake, not really a flake, rather a hexagonal prism, see Johannes Kepler, German mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer, 1611 in „Über die sechseckige Schneeflocke“
Schneewittchen = Snow White, ate the poisoned apple and was rescued...
English Negative Questions:
Question: Do you not like the food?
How would I response using yes or no?
Would yes mean I like it?
And no mean I don't like it?
I have been involved education as long as I can remember. My parents were educators. They helped start a school, were on the board of another, and were founding board members of the North Dakota Home School Association. I started teaching at the age of thirteen, as a volunteer. I have taught professionally, for over fourteen years. I have coached soccer. I co-founded a school and taught a wide...
Duden: a (the) decisive dictionary of the German language, if you choose „Textprüfung“ Duden corrects your writings (max. 800 characters)---I use it regularily and I love it!
Duolingo: a free language-learning platform, great for beginning up to intermediate level, not only German, I tested French and it's great
der Geist (noun), depending on context = ghost, spirit, essence, mind, wit, an alcoholic drink /
der Heilige Geist = the Holy Spirit---one of three parts;
Mephistopheles = version of Satan ---„Ich bin der Geist, der stets verneint!“ (Goethe: Faust);
„Weltseele zu Pferde“ = Napoléon Bonaparte, French military and political leader---Embodies...
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...
Dear Sir or Madam,
I'm having a problem when translating a story to English.
I'm trying to find a phrase to insult someone who is cruel and inhumane.
If I translate word-by-word, it will...
discuss some ways your ability to use language has influenced your perceptions of reality. think of areas where you have gained insight and understanding as a result of learning new words,terms or...
I'm sure everyone has seen a commercial or heard a discussion on raising kids from a very young age to be bilingual. While many of these DVD and CD sets are marketing and capitalizing on our desire for our kids to be the shining star of their school, they really do have validity. Our brains are wired to best absorb language before the age of 5 and still ready to take on language up until the age...
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 having...
On this website you can find books and texts in different languages with their literal translations into English and brief linguistic comments, These texts are structured on the basis of a special method, by Ilya Frank. Its main principle is that a text is divided into excerpts that you can read twice: the first time – with the English translation inserted into it in brackets and afterward...