Which is the best language? The Economist
The answer, in the end, is in the ear of the beholder.
Microsoft: We want you to learn Python programming language for free ZDNet
Microsoft's new free video course helps aspiring programmers learn Python... and then build AI apps on Azure.
New AI program better at detecting depressive language in social media Tech Xplore
A new technology using artificial intelligence detects depressive language in social media posts more accurately than current systems and uses less data to do ...
A Rare Universal Pattern in Human Languages The Atlantic
Some languages are spoken more quickly than others, but the rate of information they get across is the same.
How to easily change the keyboard language on a Mac INSIDER
You can change the keyboard language on a Mac computer between dozens of different languages by accessing your Mac's System Preferences menu.
Hints From Heloise: A common language The Washington Post
Dear Heloise: Please tell your readers that if they are going to a foreign country, it's always wise to learn a few common phrases in that country's language, such ...
Feds cite Islam focus in review of Duke-UNC language grant WLOS
The Trump administration is threatening to cut funding for a Middle East studies program run by the University of North Carolina and Duke University, arguing ...
Hindi second-most used ‘Assistant’ language globally, says Google The Hindu
Hindi has emerged as the second-most used language globally on Google Assistant, the tech giant's artificial intelligence powered assistant, behind just English ...
I never advocated Hindi imposition: Amit Shah accuses Opposition of playing politics over language - India Today
I never advocated Hindi imposition: Amit Shah accuses Opposition of playing politics over language India Today
Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday claimed that he never sought to impose Hindi over regional languages. Talking to news agency ANI, Amit Shah ...
Amazon just added India's most popular language to Alexa CNN
New Delhi (CNN Business) Alexa now speaks India's most popular language, as Amazon seeks new ways to reach more than half a billion potential users in the ...
Robert Fulford: How the United States conquered the English language National Post
Canadians should be neutral, but instead we've ended up with a language chosen by others.
New legislation require Dutch universities to promote the language for international students - Inside Higher Ed
New legislation require Dutch universities to promote the language for international students Inside Higher Ed
New legislation is not as tough as universities feared, but many say the value of learning English is being undercut.
Here's How to Learn a New Language During Your Commute Geek
High school foreign language classes were the worst. All you did was memorize dry vocabulary and rehearsed sentences that wouldn't get you anywhere ...
The New York Times ends its Spanish-language coverage Vox.com
The New York Times announced Tuesday that it is shutting down its Spanish-language coverage — the third news organization to do so in recent months, ...
Do not impose, oppose any language: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu India Today
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday urged people neither to oppose nor impose any language and pitched for learning as many languages as possible.
Differences in languages change how informative you can be Quartz
Not only does the language you speak differ in its tone, syntax, and speed, it also changes the way you convey information. Linguistic researchers studied 17 ...
Eric Evans Wants to Improve the Language of DDD InfoQ.com
Eric Evans wants architects to actively engage in improving the language used when modeling and designing complex systems. Some of the fundamental terms ...
Ratings: NBC Falls Behind Spanish-Language Nets With Its ‘Good Place,’ ‘Downton Abbey’ Specials - TheWrap
Ratings: NBC Falls Behind Spanish-Language Nets With Its ‘Good Place,’ ‘Downton Abbey’ Specials TheWrap
NBC settled for sixth place in ratings Thursday, airing a "Good Place" special, a "Downton Abbey" special and a "Law & Order: SVU" repeat.
University Denounced for Showing Sign Language for ‘Jewish’ as a Hooked Nose The New York Times
A Flemish university in Belgium has declined to remove videos called offensive, saying it is merely hosting a sign-language dictionary, not adding “value ...
Explained | Politics, history and the current row over Hindi language Moneycontrol
Seeking to put a rest to the controversy over his remarks on Hindi, Amit Shah said he never asked for imposition of Hindi anywhere in the country but advocated ...
Language used as a weapon to exclude at U.S. borders San Francisco Examiner
Recently, I was in France with a few fellow writers, some of whom spoke fluent French, and some, like myself, who strained to recognize phrases and patterns in ...
Language development worse among HIV-exposed two-year-olds Avert
Delayed language development found in HIV-negative two-year-olds exposed to the virus during pregnancy. Two african women with their babies. HIV-negative ...
Store: Here's How To Get Babbel, A Top-Selling Language App, For Half Off HuffPost
Buy real stuff from the HuffPost store: All purchases support our journalism.
National Dance Day: The language that knows no boundaries WJAC Johnstown
CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WJAC) -- Break out your dancing shoes and bust a move, because National Dance Day is September 21st. So You Think You Can ...
How to build a 'perfect' language The Conversation - UK
From Lord of the Rings to Game of Thrones, writers and linguists have invented an array of new languages.
Univision Set To Finish As No. 1 On Spanish-Language Television For The 27th Consecutive 52-Week Season - Business Wire
Univision Set To Finish As No. 1 On Spanish-Language Television For The 27th Consecutive 52-Week Season Business Wire
atings vernacular can often be challenging at times, however, this is simple: Univision will finish the 2018/2019 season as the most-watched Spanish-l.
Coyotes to launch Spanish-language social media accounts Five for Howling
The Arizona Coyotes have launched three new social media accounts to provide Spanish language *content* for fans.
UNT pre-k program uses language through play Denton Record Chronicle
Beneath a laminated label that read “easel,” Jaxs Jewell was drawing wild spirals in black dry-erase marker Thursday morning.
What Languages Does Donald Trump Jr. Speak? There Are A Few Elite Daily
For someone overseeing a company as big as The Trump Organization and serving as an (unofficial) face of presidential campaigns, speaking more than one ...
How the dictionary is catching up with our ever-evolving language Mic
Shakespeare was constantly making up new words, and this was well before we had a million different ways to communicate our thoughts and ideas with each ...
Radical Re-Thinking Required Language Magazine
According to the Migration Policy Institute, the U.S. meets the educational needs of less than 4% of its adult immigrant population—more than 20 million of whom ...
She’s 103 and speaks Patua, the dying language of Macau South China Morning Post
As a young girl, Aida de Jesus spoke Patua with her grandmother at home. Today, only 50 people speak the critically endangered creole language.
The power of language: How words shape people, culture Stanford University News
Stanford linguistics scholars seek to determine what is unique and universal about the language we use, how it is acquired and ways it changes over time.
FluentWorlds Brings Immersive 3D Graphics To Language Training Forbes
Beginning with English language training, Utah-based FluentWorlds is delivering its immersive 3D experience to your phone.
Beyond language and ethnicity in the Great Commission Mission Network News
York Aspacher with Operation Mobilization, a member of the Alliance for the Unreached, says there is more to the Great Commission than ethnolinguistic...
Demand for Cree-language education outpaces teacher supply Saskatoon StarPhoenix
One of the reasons we do so well is because we teach our kids about who they are."
In Britain, command of a foreign language is still à la mode The Economist
But a decline in languages in schools and limits on migration stifle supply.
Welsh-speaking NHS patients ‘put at risk’ by language barrier The Guardian
Health *service* urged to ensure staff can speak to patients in their own tongue.
N.J. school officials mocked me for Hispanic accent, language teacher says in suit NJ.com
A former language teacher has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Paterson Board of Education claiming supervisors mocked her Hispanic accent and ...
Containment, water tender, overhead, mop-up: deciphering the language of firefighters - Chico Enterprise-Record
Containment, water tender, overhead, mop-up: deciphering the language of firefighters Chico Enterprise-Record
CHICO — The threat of fire tends to loom over Northern California in the summer and fall months leading to understandable anxiety culminating even from ...
Algorithms Have Nearly Mastered Human Language. Why Can’t They Stop Being Sexist? VICE
To fight gender bias, researchers are training language-processing algorithms to envision a world where it doesn't exist.
#StopHindilmposition: Indian tweeps respond to Amit Shah's 'Hindi as national language' comment - Gulf News
#StopHindilmposition: Indian tweeps respond to Amit Shah's 'Hindi as national language' comment Gulf News
Dubai: India's Union Home Minister Amit Shah stirred a social media debate in the country on Saturday after he pitched Hindi as a common language for the ...
Politicians must stop ‘mainstreaming language of far-right' Metro.co.uk
A third of all terror plots to kill in Britain since 2017 were driven by extreme-right causes.
Prison as National Language? The New Indian Express
Witness the language of incarceration creeping up on us. Prison terms seem to be a walk in the park now, as casually dispensed as Metro tickets.
Democrats blast HUD for removing LGBT language from grant competition | TheHill The Hill
Dozens of Democrats have signed a letter to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson urging him to reinstate provisions aimed at helping ...
Only 8 People in This Indigenous Tribe Still Speak Their Native Language. The Amazon Fires May Wipe It Out Completely. - VICE
Only 8 People in This Indigenous Tribe Still Speak Their Native Language. The Amazon Fires May Wipe It Out Completely. VICE
Indigenous leaders have said there is a “physical, environmental, and cultural genocide” in the Amazon.
Salman Rushdie and Marlon James Discuss Language, Reality, and Nostalgia at PEN Out Loud - PEN America
Salman Rushdie and Marlon James Discuss Language, Reality, and Nostalgia at PEN Out Loud PEN America
In conversation with author Marlon James, acclaimed writer Salman Rushdie previewed his latest novel Quichotte at PEN Out Loud in New York City.
Bend Tai Chi master forms bonds beyond language KTVZ
A Central Oregon martial arts organization is planning another trip bringing students to China, making more connections that go beyond language.
Flemish mayors ask Juncker to apologise for language comments The Guardian
Jean-Claude Juncker has become embroiled in a row with the mayors of two Belgian seaside resorts after claiming that he speaks German on the Flemish coast ...
Future - How do we measure language fluency? BBC News
There are many ways of categorising someone's linguistic skills, but the concept of fluency is hard to define.
Peter Beardsley barred from football for seven months over racist language The Guardian
Peter Beardsley has been suspended from football for seven months after an FA disciplinary committee found him guilty of three counts of racist or abusive ...
Language skills open doors for alumna | Cornell College Cornell College News
Knowing how to speak Spanish has opened doors for Gabie Campbell ՚18. She works as a trainer at Epic Systems, which has its headquarters in Verona ...
Complaints about language discrimination in job applications on downtrend: TAFEP CNA
SINGAPORE: When Jasmine (not her real name), went for an interview for a junior marketing role at a major tourist attraction in Singapore, she expected to ...
Mondly: An immersive way to learn 33 languages in VR or AR Hypergrid Business
Looking to learn a new language, or to have some fun brushing up on a language you're already familiar with? With so many apps available nowadays, how do ...
Oracle: Programming language Java 13 is out, it'll make you more productive ZDNet
Oracle commits to six-month release cycle for Java.
The Police State's Language of Force CounterPunch
“Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?
Gallop's MLNP Launches 'New Language Of Love' Campaign 09/20/2019 MediaPost Communications
Cindy Gallop's startup MakeLoveNotPorn (MLNP) is releasing a campaign called “New Language of Love" to promote MLNP's "Licktionary," a glossary ...
‘This means WAR’: Comedians criticize SNL for firing Shane Gillis over racist language - The Washington Post
‘This means WAR’: Comedians criticize SNL for firing Shane Gillis over racist language The Washington Post
Shane Gillis will not be making his “Saturday Night Live” debut, much to the relief of many who decried the comedian for using racist and homophobic language ...
Indigenous elders teaching Dhanggati language to reconnect kids, teens with country ABC News
A common struggle for Aboriginal elders is how to make their language and culture appeal to young people in order for it to be carried on.
Polyglot tots: Seven languages spoken among 72 Kingston pre-kindergarteners Hudson Valley One
The Kingston pre-kindergarten center at the Meagher School is off to a quick start, with new students getting more acclimated by the day. School officials say ...
Python Heads IEEE List of Top Programming Languages Dice Insights
Python has topped IEEE's latest list of programming languages, suggesting that the already-popular language still has massive legs.
English language school teachers to go on strike Newstalk 106-108 fm
Teachers at an English language school in Dublin city are to hold a three-hour work stoppage.Tea...
Shane Gillis no longer joining SNL cast after outcry over racist language The Washington Post
“Saturday Night Live” has parted ways with Shane Gillis, the just-hired stand-up comic whose past use of racist, homophobic and sexist language led to a ...
How International Students Can Practice Speaking English | Best Colleges U.S. News & World Report
For prospective international students who want to study in the U.S., the language barrier does not need to be an obstacle. There are several ways students can ...
A new book spells out the magic of language The Economist
David Adger explains an unsung human superpower.
Labour to review language of Tony Blair's clause IV amendment The Guardian
Labour has promised to look again at clause IV of its constitution, which sets out the aims and values of the party, leading to speculation it could revert to its ...
Can Hindi be every Indian's language? | The Hindu Parley podcast The Hindu
Union Home Minister Amit Shah's recent assertion that Hindi, as the country's most spoken language, could work to unite the country has drawn a sharp ...
BHE committee working on new contract language for college presidents Prairie Public Broadcasting
In the wake of former UND president Mark Kennedy leaving to become president at the University of Colorado, the state Board of Higher Education is looking.
Reviving Colombia's 'language of resistance' BBC News
Gustavo Reyes Reyes stands in his language class in front of two dozen energetic children who have been tasked with calling out the names of the ingredients ...
Nuxalk Nation puts up stop signs in traditional language CBC.ca
The Nuxalk Nation, near Bella Coola, B.C., is using stop signs to promote their traditional language.
Decay of English language makes it perfect for lying The Irish Times
Political rhetoric of our time is conditioned by insult and hardly concealed violence.
RuPaul's Drag Race is inventing a whole new internet subculture and language - The Conversation - UK
RuPaul's Drag Race is inventing a whole new internet subculture and language The Conversation - UK
What started as a showcase for America's drag queens is fast becoming a global sensation.
Programming language popularity: Python tightens its grip at the top ZDNet
Python retains its top spot as the most popular language for electrical and electronics engineers.
Non-Native Speakers Share The Weirdest Things About The English Language Comic Sands
If you talk to anyone studying English as a second language, they'll tell you how hard it is to learn. If you grew up speaking English as your only language, ...
eToro Aims to Put Derivatives on the Blockchain With Lira Programming Language CoinDesk
eToro, an Israel-based exchange platform, revealed a new programming language designed to simplify derivatives trading. Speaking ahead of the Ethereal ...
How A Made-Up Slavic Language Made It To The Big Screen Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty
Klingon, Elvish, Dothraki, and Nadsat: there are plenty of invented languages used in movies. But one of them, Interslavic, has the potential to be useful to ...
Former Trinity Broadcasting Network headquarters set to become English language school OCRegister
When students arrive to perfect their English skills at a new international school in Costa Mesa, they likely won't be greeted by the ornate staircase railings, ...
Language tool Duolingo is on message following rebrand The Drum
A language app which seeks to take the pain out of the learning process by harnessing gamification for the process of vocabulary acquisition has updated its ...
PHP in decline: The rise and fall of a programming language JAXenter
According to the TIOBE Index for September 2019, PHP is struggling to keep its spot in the top 10 programming languages. Is it too soon to lower the casket?
Why would anyone shiver their timbers? Here's how pirate words arrr preserving old language - ABC News
Why would anyone shiver their timbers? Here's how pirate words arrr preserving old language ABC News
There's no shortage of special days throughout the year. Some — like International Literacy Day — speak to important issues in society. Others speak to our ...
‘Hustlers’ Sets Spanish-Language Release Via TheaterEars App Deadline
'Hustlers' will expand its reach to Spanish-speaking audiences thanks to the app TheaterEars.
English pronouns and language complexity. Slate
If you've ever had curious thoughts and questions about the ways we speak, read, and write, Lexicon Valley is the show for you. Hosted by linguist John ...
The Easiest Languages for English Speakers to Learn AFAR Media
A linguistics expert chimes in on which languages are the most manageable for English speakers to master and shares her personal tips for successfully taking ...
Speaking four or more languages could reduce the risk of dementia finds new study msnNOW
New Canadian research has found that having a strong ability for learning languages may help to reduce an individual's risk of developing dementia.
Creating awareness of indigenous languages New Straits Times
KUALA LUMPUR: There are133 languages used in Malaysia and almost 80 per cent of them are indigenous languages spoken by the Orang Asli.
The Top Programming Languages 2019 IEEE Spectrum
Python remains the big kahuna, but specialist languages hold their own.
Why Ada Is The Language You Want To Be Programming Your Systems With Hackaday
The Ada programming language was born in the mid-1970s, when the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the UK's Ministry Of Defence sought to replace the ...
Pope at Mass: compassion is the language of God Vatican News
At the heart of Pope Francis' reflection during morning Mass on Tuesday is the virtue of compassion which, he says, is the language of God, whilst ...
Human perception of colors does not rely entirely on language Science Daily
After patient RDS (identified only by his initials for privacy) suffered a stroke, he experienced a rare and unusual side effect: when he saw something red, blue, ...
Syria Syrians fill language classes as Russian influence grows Al-Monitor
Syrian students, aware that Russian influence is in their country to stay, see learning Russian as a key to both higher education and employment.
Fact check: Did Gandhi want Hindi as national language? Telegraph India
'India has many languages and every language has its importance. But it is absolutely necessary that the entire country should have one language that ...
Why are so many languages spoken in some places and so few in others? PBS NewsHour
Collectively, human beings speak more than 7000 distinct languages, and these languages are not uniformly distributed across the planet.
'Tamil Better Suited to be National Language': DMK's Spin to Amit Shah's Hindi Pitch News18
DMK MP and spokesperson T.K.S. Elangovan said if the government of India wants to choose an Indian language for a global identity, then Tamil, and not Hindi, ...
Is racially charged language ever appropriate for college classrooms? - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Is racially charged language ever appropriate for college classrooms? Atlanta Journal Constitution
Colleges grapple with faculty using epithets on campus.
Hindi push intensifies; Rajinikant backs 'one language' while Kamal Haasan counters with 'English' - Times Now
Hindi push intensifies; Rajinikant backs 'one language' while Kamal Haasan counters with 'English' Times Now
Rajinikanth Vs. Kamal Haasan on Hindi imposition. When Rajinikanth made a statement that the country needs a common language, Kamal Hassan responded ...
The 100 Essential Spanish-Language Movies: The Best Spanish Movies, Latinx Movies, And More - Rotten Tomatoes
The 100 Essential Spanish-Language Movies: The Best Spanish Movies, Latinx Movies, And More Rotten Tomatoes
As we head into Hispanic Heritage month, Monica Castillo and Rotten Tomatoes bring together the best Spanish-language movies, from recent instant classics ...
Lukas on immigrants: Maybe we need a Language Board to get things in order ERR News
Things have gotten intolerable when Estonians have to switch to a language other than Estonian to consume simple goods and services, such as cab rides and ...
Do as I say: Translating language into movement: Computer model aims to turn film scripts into animations - Science Daily
Do as I say: Translating language into movement: Computer model aims to turn film scripts into animations Science Daily
Researchers have developed a computer model that can translate text describing physical movements directly into simple computer-generated animations, ...
What's the best way to teach children a second language? New research produces surprising results - The Conversation UK
What's the best way to teach children a second language? New research produces surprising results The Conversation UK
Children as young as eight or nine could be taught in a more adult, analytical way.
Could language be the key to detecting fake news? The Guardian
Purveyors of disinformation can be caught out by the particular words they use, says Guardian writer and editor David Shariatmadari.
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Learn Italian in Your Hometown
Are you interested in learning the Italian language right in your own hometown? There are several options that you can explore to find the Italian classes that are just perfect for you! First, you should consider whether you would you enjoy the interaction that takes place among students in group classes, or if you would prefer the one-on-one attention of a private instructor.
Learn Italian for Free
Italian is one of the most widespread languages in the world, and speaking it can give you a tremendous sense of accomplishment, an edge in your career, and even a stronger bond with your ancestors if you are of Italian descent. There are many ways you can learn Italian, including textbooks, tapes, CDs, software, group classes or private lessons, but there are also ways you can begin or continue your studies of the Italian language entirely for FREE!
GROUSE ... GROUSE ... GROUSE!!!
I realize that we here in the United States consider ourselves at the top rung of the educational ladder, if only for the fact that so many foreign language students are breaking their necks to come here to both study and live English.
7 Words Americans Should Stop Using Until Further Investigation
Relationship: Here is a word that is used to qualify, justify and honey coat just about every nefarious, sleazy or reprehensible union between almost anybody and anything. Recently on an edition of the Jerry Springer show a guest was about to be interviewed who was getting it on with a very close relative. Heckles, and murmurs flowed through the crowd from the moment they entered the room and much of the way through the interview. Everything quieted down instantly when Springer asked the question, using in this case the great justifier. He asked how long they had been having this relationship. The audience quieted at first then began to add their opinions and advice as if the word relationship provided all the civility and credence needed to put this obviously perverted affair back into the realm of respectability or at least acceptability. The word is used today to describe everything from marriages to the on-goings between a farmer and his barn animals. This is an overused word that has elevated some of the worst unions in history to a place they hardly deserve.
Learning a Foreign Language: Why Should you Learn Words You Never Use in Your Mother Tongue?
Imagine a child sitting in front of a desk, his head in his hands, and mumbling various lists of words over and over. Does this child remind you of your own experience? If yes, I bet that "list of words" does not sound appealing to you. You are almost ready to swear that they do not work. Before you mortgage your part of paradise, it may be wise to make sure you are right.
Aphasia: The Cruelest Language Barrier
Imagine the following scenario: You wake up one morning and instead of speaking English, everyone around you--including your family and friends--is speaking Hungarian. This is a problem because you don't speak Hungarian and you don't have a clue what they're saying. You become frustrated. The people around you become frustrated, too, but instead of switching back to English, they speak Hungarian more loudly.
Teaching Reading to English Language Learners
There is an increasing amount of English language learners represented in our schools for whom a unique approach to developing literacy is necessary. The development of literacy by English language learners (ELLs) includes all of the challenges implicit for English speaking children literacy attainments, and is additionally compounded by a diversity of linguistic, cognitive and academic variables.
Why an EarlyAGE 2nd Language?
English Language Sputtering Online Like an Old Ford!
Sad, but true. Just about everywhere you look online, the English language is suffering a fate worse than death. The problem, in reality, is so widespread that it has begun to affect all aspects of the language. "But, what on Earth does this have to do with Internet marketing?" you may be asking. Well, my fellow netpreneur...Everything!
Learn Korean: Part 2 - Social Status in Culture
Part 1 of this series covered the language and language families in general for the Asian languages. Part 2 will cover the social conduct that is seen throughout Asian countries.
Teaching English in Greece - What Do You Need to Know?
The employment situation can be quite uncertain for newcomers to Greece and therefore many people choose to try teaching English as a foreign language, on a full or part-time basis. It can bring in a good income whether it is your preferred career choice, or you wish to do it short-term until another career choice pans out. Qualifications and Experience There are many language schools or frontistiria in Athens and all over Greece, to which you could apply for work. In order to get a job in one of these schools, it is still not strictly necessary to have a formal teaching qualification such as TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Often all that is required is a university degree (in any subject) from a UK or US university. That said, if you are uncertain about your ability to teach English and want to ensure that you start off in this line of work with the necessary skills, a course would be useful. It would provide you with some teaching theory, knowledge of English grammar (let's face it, many of us have never formally studied English grammar in any great depth, even though we speak and write English everyday) and give you some valuable experience of teaching in a classroom, since this is included in most courses. When applying for jobs, you will find vacancies that specify that previous teaching experience is required and others for which no experience is necessary. It does not matter if you do not speak a lot of Greek. Native English speakers are often valued for other reasons such as having what is seen as a "proper" accent. Many people also swear by the approach of not speaking your students' language, so that they hear only English being spoken for the duration of the lesson. You will find ways to make yourself understood. In my experience of language teaching, it can even be counter-productive if your students know that you speak their language well, because they may be too easily tempted to speak to you in Greek when they find it hard going. Finding work Teaching English as a foreign language jobs are widely advertised in newspapers and on the Internet all year round and most often from August to October. As well as applying before in Greece, you can also go to door-to-door around the frontistiria with your CV, again in the August to October period. If you are visiting them in person, it is not recommended that you spend time doing this any earlier than August because the schools often do not consider their recruitment needs much before the beginning of the academic year. Pay and working conditions Pay and conditions offered by language schools will vary enormously, so it is important to check these out in detail first before accepting a contract. If time is on your side, it may be worth speaking to several schools rather than taking the first job you are offered. Also, if you work in a frontistirio it is quite likely that you will be working mainly in the afternoons and evenings, since this is when children and adults are free to take their lessons. Making some extra money Many people who teach English as a foreign language in a school, also do private English on the side and this can become a lucrative activity in itself. Working in a language school for a few months is a good way to meet students and advertise the fact that you do private English lessons, on a one-to-one basis. It can be difficult to get the first few, but then through word of mouth, you'll get more if you do a good job ? that great social network of mums and dads on the school run can work wonders! The University of Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) exam system seems to be the most widely known and respected in Greece, many people who want to be taught privately are preparing to sit a Cambridge exam or some other type of test. It is worth familiarising yourself with the system ? there is an enormous amount of free information on the Internet, including lesson plans, tips, exam practice etc. The exams which are most commonly sat by students are the "First Certificate in English" (which many people still refer to by its old name: "Lower"), "Certificate of Proficiency in English" (known as "Proficiency"), and "Certificate in Advanced English" (commonly referred to as "Advanced"). More information is available from the Cambridge ESOL web site (www.cambridgeesol.org). What private students will want from you varies a great deal. Some may just want a conversation class, others may just be starting on the Cambridge examinations path and there will be some who are already at a very high level and may need detailed coaching on specific grammar points or on vocabulary for a particular purpose e.g. business English. And given these differences, the amount of preparation required on your part and the fee per hour you are able to charge will probably vary too. I will finish with a word on advertising. My experience has been that I have paid out money for two newspaper ads, which got back zero replies! What has worked well for me is local advertising - you need to use your imagination. I put a card in local shops and a small notice in the back window of my car and you can see people reading it at every traffic light! Just beware of getting calls on your mobile phone while you're driving - not good! As I said before, word of mouth should kick in too once you have your first couple of lessons.
Show Me the Bunny: Language Acquisition
Some children are really funny about experimenting with speech. Nonetheless, the first intelligible words bring such a feeling of elation to a parent. Come on, Sweetie. Show Mumma the bunny. Without saying a word, my little girl points to a plush rabbit.
Japanese Kanji Learning: Short-Cuts to Rapid Mastery (Part 1)
What? Kanji can be learned quickly? This seems an impossible dream to many students of Japanese who come from a non-kanji language culture. Even hiragana and katakana seem impossibly hard to the average beginner, so remembering kanji, with all their intricate strokes and multiple readings, can appear to be beyond the abilities of the human mind.
Teaching English in Mexico: A Decent Living?
What's more disappointing than a person who makes a promise he can't keep? A person who makes a promise that is a lie. Many promises to make a "decent living" teaching English in Mexico are just that-a lie.
Online IELTS Preparation - Why Does It Make Sense?
Because IELTS is a difficult test. While most agree that IELTS is a reasonable test, it is generally regarded as one of the most challenging tests of its type.
Japanese Kanji Learning: Short-Cuts to Rapid Mastery (Part 2)
In Japanese Kanji Learning: Short-Cuts to Rapid Mastery Part 1, we looked at mnemonic methods devised by James Heisig and Kenneth Henshall to speed-up kanji acquisition. We saw how their techniques activate the imagination by assigning different meanings individual elements of each kanji. But perhaps these methods do not work so well for you. If you are more of a visual learner, what are your options for rapid kanji assimilation?
English Has Come A Long, Long Way...
I often wonder what would happen if Shakespeare were to be transported in a time machine to our world today. What would he think? How would he react?
Learning a Foreign Language: the Ventriloquists Lesson
The main feature you have to master, in order to call yourself a ventriloquist, is to speak without moving your lips. It is not that difficult. There is a trick, of course. The sounds M, B and P make your lips move, as make the sounds V and F but in a lesser way. So, in order to be a ventriloquist, you should ban any word with m, b or p inside and avoid to pronounce f-v words. If your name is Mabel or Patrick, choose a stage name!
Bridging the Language Gap Using Bilingual Picture Books
There are more than 39 million Hispanics live in the United States making it the fifth largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world. It is estimated that within five years, only Mexico will have more Spanish-speakers than the U.S. Schools are offering bilingual courses and fully integrated bilingual curriculum. In some areas of the country , Spanish even exceeds English as the first language of the residents. Families are integrating languages into their neighborhoods regularly.
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