Language learning

Posts on learning a foreign language

7 Language Learning Myths Holding Us Back

Found an interesting article on Forbes debunking the myths of language learning holding us back in the social, economic and political marketplace. Although the writer is American, it’s still relevant in a Kiwi context. Essentially the author provides a great response to the commonly held belief: Why learn a foreign language, if everyone...

Using technology to enhance language learning

I’m often asked which are the best apps and websites one can use to learn a language quickly and conveniently. The landscape is rapidly changing, so this is my answer as at July 2014, keeping in mind my answers may change in a few months. Duolingo – probably number 1...

Benefits of learning a foreign language

Analysis of data from dating agencies show that people  who speak a foreign language are more attractive. Check out this interesting infographic. Share this: Tweet

Amazing story of Tim Donner – hyperpolyglot

In the Anglo-Saxon world, it’s unusual to find people fluent in more than one language. It’s even more unusual to find people who can speak more than 2 or 3 languages. So there’s no way to describe Tim Donner except to say he’s incredibly talented. Tim is from New...

2014 Euroasia course prices

The price for a standard Euroasia course has remained the same since October 2010 (we upped the price by $8 in 2010 to cover the increase in GST). Effective 1 January 2014, our course prices will increase slightly (by 8% from $368 to $399). Of course, you are still...

“No time” is just an excuse

One of the skills most valued by native English speakers is the ability to speak a foreign language. Some may console themselves in the knowledge (or assumption) that “everyone” speaks English. Some would give it a try at some stage. Most who wish to learn a language do not...

Three Ways Multilingualism Opens Doors In An Interconnected World

In the past, meeting a person who spoke more than one language was a rarity; before the advent of modern transportation and communication technology, contact with other nations was limited, so knowing more than your native tongue was not, for most people, a necessity. However, today we live in...

How to Teach a Language

This post is aimed at language teachers, but may be of interest to learners of foreign languages too. Besides, we do get a few Kiwis who are keen to travel the world by teaching English overseas. Marty Pilott has recently published a book entitled How to Teach a Language....

Why some languages sound faster than others

Ever wondered why some languages sound like they're spoken much faster than others? Yet, in dubbed movies the words seemingly fit the actors' mouth movement. That's what researchers at Universite de Lyon wanted to explain when they set out to research one phenomenon: the speed of language. This infographics...