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  1. 4 Easy Steps To Learn English By Scott Morris
    So, you want to learn to speak English. That is great. There are a ton of great resources out there that can help including over 49,000 ESL websites.Now if you are like most other ESL students reading this article then you already have a fairly good notion of the English language. You most likely are looking for a place to practice and enhance your English skills. So, here are four easy steps to do just that.Step Number One: PreparationSince you already have a fairly good notion of English you…


  2. What is a Language Teacher? By Larry M. Lynch
    At a recent English Language Teaching or ELT conference, when I asked, “What is a language teacher?” a cornucopia of responses ensued. Many were quite verbose, others shorter and simpler, many rambled. For both EFL teachers and ESL or foreign language students, the definition of a language teacher is useful in determining what qualities to seek or strive for when studying English or a foreign language.It was TEFL linguistics researcher Costas Gabrielatos in 2002 who defined the term “language …


  3. Uncommon Facts / Rules of English Language By Syed Feroz Zainvi
    English is an international language. It has so many grammar rules and each rule with many exceptions. Usually, we write English without paying much attention to these rules and exceptions. But, its good to know as much as grammar as possible especially the exceptions. In this article, I am mentioning some of these unusual facts and rules of English language.1. A word starting with letter 'Q' has 'u' as its second letter.2. If abbreviation ends with same letter as the complete word itself then…


  4. Show Me the Bunny: Language Acquisition By Zoe McNamara
    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.Ever since I read in a parents' newsletter that kids my younger daughter's age should have a vocabulary, I've been trying to persuade her to speak words instead of relying on gesturing, pointing, and high-pitched squealing to make her needs and…


  5. Learn Spanish in Spain By Mike McDougall
    Spanish is undoubtedly the growth language in the world at the moment; it is now spoken by an estimated 352 million people as a first language (with a further 417 million speaking it as a second language) making it the second or third most widely spoken language in the world. Hispanic nations are also showing strong economic growth so the potential for work opportunities in Spanish speaking countries for those learning Spanish, is increasing everyday. Spanish is now arguably the second most in…


  6. Teaching English in Mexico: A Decent Living? By Douglas Bower
    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.If you do a phrase search on Google, "teach English in Mexico," you will get almost 900,000 hits. Some of these sites are filled with tantalizingly appealing phrases like,"For only a few dollars a week you can have_____in Mexico"."First-class bus travel to such and such a place is only____".…


  7. Learn Spanish: The Cart BEFORE the Horse By Douglas Bower
    This article is about language learning methods. You may be thinking,"Why isn't he talking about motivation first?"The reasons I am starting with methodology first is that the wrong method of learning a second language is the biggest killer of motivation I can possibly conceive.I hear this all the time from expatriate wannebees who tell me they would love to do what my wife and I did—move to Mexico. Many are highly attracted to Guanajuato because it is a Colonial, central Mexican town still la…


  8. Chinese Pinyin or Hanyu Pinyin Overview By Rosie Wang
    Chinese Pinyin is the romanization of the Chinese "written sound". Romanization approximates Mandarin pronunciation with Western spellings and includes a tone mark to signify the pitch of a word.Just like alphabet A - Z to English, Pinyin provides a phonetic alphabet for Chinese and is taught from Grade 1 in Chinese elementary schools. It is a fundamental tool used for learning the spelling of Chinese characters throughout Chinese language study.Pinyin is used by most modern Chinese dictionari…


  9. The Challenge of Learning the Chinese Language By John Davison
    Chinese is a language, or a group of languages, spoken by 1.3 billion people worldwide. If you believe Chinese to be one language, rather than a grouping, it is the single most commonly spoken language on the planet. It is spoken in countries like China, Taiwan Singapore, and Malaysia. If you are interested in learning Chinese, it can be intimidating and challenging. But learning Chinese can also be rewarding, and knowing it can have benefits for your career, and help to improve your travels t…


  10. Evaluating Job Offers for Teaching Abroad By Michael Hines
    You have decided on teaching abroad so you are off on the job hunt. Aside from the obvious considerations such as what country to work in and what training/qualifications to obtain; there are other things a teachers should consider when looking at potential job offers.There are many factors a teacher considers which will affect whether they accept a position. The most obvious factor would be the content of the position. What is the school asking of you as a teacher? You must ask yourself i…


  11. Teaching Reading to English Language Learners By Deborah Chitester
    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.In general, the following are critical variables that need to be targeted in effective reading in…


  12. Learning a Language: What Makes Listening Difficult? By Larry M. Lynch
    Of the four basic English language skills, reading, writing, speaking and listening, the most difficult to acquire is listening comprehension. It is also the one skill which cannot be “taught”.In evaluations that university English and foreign language institute EFL students must take at least three times a semester, the area which is most critical and the one in which they experience the greatest difficulty is listening comprehension.What makes Listening Difficult?There are four clusters of f…


  13. Learning a Foreign Language: Why Should you Learn Words You Never Use in Your Mother Tongue? By Gabrielle Guichard
    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.You can open a dictionary and begin to learn it by heart (a dictionary is no more than a list of words). There are many ill…


  14. Spain's Other Languages By Mike McDougall
    Despite Castilian (Or Español) being the main language of Spain there are also a number of other languages spoken throughout Spain – many are now recognised officially by the government and regulated by governing bodies to ensure that they remain a part of Spain’s history and diversity.Euskara Batua (unified Basque)Definitely the most interesting language in Spain, Euskara is widely spoken throughout the Basque region of Northern Spain. The majority of Basque speakers live in Spain with a smal…


  15. Learn Spanish: Why Americans Don't By Douglas Bower
    I just bet you had absolutely no idea that the U.S. Senate, on February 17, 2005, declared this the "Year of the Foreign Language Study". You didn't know, did you? Ah ha! I knew it!It is true.The year, 2005, was the official Year of Foreign Language Study. And it is about bloody time, I would like to add. In case you are wondering why your elected officials bothered with passing this resolution, on taxpayer's time and money, it is because most of America is afflicted with a dreadful and painfu…


  16. In Japan - Do You Know Japanese? By Tisho Mettarod
    Japan really seems to be a foreign culture to our Western minds. You may think you don’t know much about Japan, but in the past few decades there has been increased communication with our neighbor in the Far East. Our great grandparents probably didn’t know nearly as much about Japan as we do.Think about it. I’ll bet you know nearly a dozen Japanese words! Sushi, karaoke, anime, kimono, sake, Suzuki, Toyota, teriyaki, origami and bonsai. That’s ten! How did you do? I’ll bet you knew at least 8…


  17. What Does an Interpreter Do? By Neil Payne
    Many people get confused as to the difference between an interpreter and a translator. There is a common tendency to think translators interpreter, or that interpreters translate. In fact, the two are very separate jobs requiring different skills. To explain who and/or what an interpreter as opposed to a translator we set out the main differences between interpreting and translation.Interpreting vs. TranslationOn a basic level it would appear that there is little difference between an interpre…


  18. How To Speak Spanish By Steven Gillman
    Want to know how to speak Spanish quickly? Of course it can help to learn how to ask for the bathroom, and to say hello. Here are a few of those basic phrases, with the phonetic pronunciations:Hola. (oh-la) Hello or hi.Buenos dias. (bway-nos dee-ahs) Good day.Cuál es su nombre? (kwahl ays soo nohm-bray) What is your name?Mi nombre es Jose. (mee nohm-bray ays ho-say) My name is Jose.Dónde está el baño? (dohn-day ays-tah el bahn-yoh) Where is the bathroom?Muchas gracias. (moo-chahs grah-see-ahs)…


  19. A French Teacher's Memories: The Dog Ate It. By Gabrielle Guichard
    Any teacher happens to hear: "Sure, I did the exercises, but my dog ate them". Statistically, any dog is fed by paper and ink every other day. Dogs do not eat French exercises and essays only. They also like Maths. They devour English. They nibble at Geography. They chew History. They savour Physics. They bite hundreds of chemical formulas. Take into account that not only one child lives with each dog. The devilish beast wolfs down the whole family's exercise books. I wonder if some dogs have …


  20. Cooperate With Translators -- It Pays By Alexandra Gamanenko
    When a business goes global, there is a risk of being not properly understood in other languages, or, even worse, misunderstood. That is why, when you are going to expand your business, your success can depend on the person who translates your website, documentation, ads and so on.Don't insist on translating your text word-by-word or sentence-by-sentence. Contrary to the popular belief, the translation won't be more accurate this way. Just the opposite is true: a translator who translates word…


  21. You Say To-Mah-To, I Say Hueytecuilhuitontli By Peter Blinn
    Specialists tell us there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 6000 languages currently being spoken, which spring from at least 200 families. A reliable source cites the five most widely spoken in descending order, with millions in parentheses, as: Mandarin Chinese (1120), English (480), Spanish (320), Russian (285), and French (265).Toward the other extreme are many you may not have lately run across, such as Livonian (of which there are fewer than a dozen speakers left in the Baltic); the C…


  22. Why Learn Languages? By Ron Tichenor
    Why learn languages? Why would anyone want to learn someone else's language? Obviously, there are a lot of reasons, and if the question is on your mind, then you probably have a desire or need to learn a language yourself. The answer is often different for people. Put 10 random people together who are learning another language and you will probably have 7 or 8 different reasons and 5 or 6 different languages. Every answer is valid. Every reason is the right reason for that person and every lan…


  23. Learning French in Paris By Sourav Choudhury
    Nothing can be more frustrating than to be in France and not been able to speak their language. For, I remember the days when I was among people chanting around in a language totally alien to me, and me, trying to bring a smile in my face while shaking my head from north to south doing as if I am getting everything what they are speaking about, and waiting impatiently for my French wife to do the translation - and I can't deny, that that was not the most comfortable period of my life.One of th…


  24. Learning a Language: Make It Real and You'll Never Forget It By Larry M. Lynch
    Sniffing, then squinting and holding up a Kiwi fruit a Chinese student muttered something I wasn’t sure I wanted to have translated. A classmate from Brazil leaned over, pointing to a photo in a picture dictionary. Two Korean ladies giggled, their hands covering their mouths.The lesson on food was bombing big time. When the ESL class ended, none of us were satisfied, but at least the topic had been broached. “Review your vocabulary materials before next class”, I encouraged. They were all new …


  25. Can You Understand English? By Bill Knell
    There is a lot of talk about making English the official language of the USA. That would stop the need to spend so much money printing out things like drivers license, tax, voter registration and other official forms in so many languages. If people come here, they will simply have to learn English. However, is it really that simple? English is anything but a virgin language. It has roots in the tongues of many nations and one word can mean many things. If you travel around our great nation, yo…






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