Language learning

Posts on learning a foreign language

How does a Japanese person learn Chinese?

I had an interesting chat this afternoon with one of our Japanese students enrolled in the Chinese language course. We don't have many international students, seeing 90% of our clients are Kiwis. I was quite keen to explore how a Japanese person approaches language learning, compared to a Kiwi....

Chilean National Day celebrations

Today is the anniversary of Chile's independence from Spain. Our Spanish teacher, Jose is from Chile.  He and his friends are putting together a celebration next Saturday.  I thought maybe I should do some research to understand a bit more about Chile. This from the CIA Factbook: writing essay...

Why young people must learn a second language

Data has just come out of the UK showing a drop in the number of people taking foreign languages at GCSE level (roughly NCEA Level 1). In analysing why this is the case, a major newspaper interviewed various academics and bureaucrats. Greg Watson, the chief executive of the Oxford...

Ken talking about Chinese language on Radio NZ

I was on Radio NZ's Morning Report this morning! Great publicity for our language school… Sadly I missed it, but luckily a friend emailed me about it. You can check out the story here. Check out buy azithromycin the audio feed here: buy cigarettes online legal Surge in language...

The rise of non-native English speakers

International Languages Week in New Zealand starts tomorrow (Sunday, 17 August).  My bet is most Kiwis would not even be aware of the existence of International Languages Week, let alone know when this takes place.  The organisers and participants (largely school teachers and students learning foreign languages) have been...

Free language lessons in Auckland

International Languages Week is happening soon. (Sunday 17 – Saturday 23 August 2008) In conjunction with ILW, Euroasia is offering a series of FREE language lessons for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese and Japanese. These lessons are for complete beginners. No previous knowledge of the language is required. We...

Does learning a second language translate into business success?

It is now compulsory for all MBA students at Cranfield School of Management to have a working knowledge of a second language. A friend of mine at the prestigious China Europe International Business School tells me that his colleagues in the MBA program are not just taking Chinese language...

What it means to speak another language

What does it mean to say that you “speak a language”? That you speak like a native, that you speak fluently, that you can to some extent get by? There are many different interpretations of what this phrase could mean. Over the years, I’ve had a go at learning...

Which language should I learn

sweet things to text your ex boyfriend – My colleagues and I are often asked the question “Which language should I learn?” how to cure eczema This is perhaps one of the hardest questions to answer. So much depends on purpose, interests, prior experience and even mundane things like...