Japanese Film Week 25 – 30 Nov (FREE Japanese movies) in Auckland

Some awesome Japanese movies screening week of 25 November in Auckland. Free (but booking required), courtesy of Japanese Consulate in Auckland. Scroll down for movie details and check out the official Japanese Film Week site. Details of movies part of this festival, including some amazing award winning films. Abacus And...

“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...

Rich Barton on power to the people at GES2013

I am blogging live from the Global Entrepreneur Summit in KL this morning. Rich Barton talking about “Power to the people” companies. Thanks for the reminder on the importance of having a BHAG to rally the customers, staff etc. “If it can be raided, it will be raided.” Awesome...

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....

Travelling Abroad: The Power of Physical Gestures

Hand gestures are frequently thought of as a universal language—one that everyone, regardless of country of origin, can generally understand to a certain extent. Even if you’re completely unfamiliar with the local language, pointing towards a train at the subway and then to your wrist will most likely indicate...

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...

Meet Heather Warne – Japanese language student at Euroasia

You may have seen Heather Warne in the Mitre 10 ad currently running on TV.  Or at one of the many theatre productions she has been part of over the past few years.  A long-term client of Euroasia, she progressed from the Japanese Level 1 course in 2010 to the...

Meet Sean Shadbolt – Photographer and Chinese Language Learner

We recently interviewed Sean Shadbolt, who has been learning Chinese Mandarin at Euroasia for a number of years. Sean is in Elaine Wu's Advanced Chinese Class on Wednesday evenings. Euroasia: What do you do professionally? Sean: I am a commercial photographer. I shoot a lot of different things but...