What does it mean to be Kiwi?

Guest blogger Dr Phillipa Smith recently completed her PhD on what it means to be “Kiwi”.  Pretty fascinating how national identity shifts over time, with globalisation, immigration and everything else. Phillipa is kind enough to produce a brief summary of her findings for the Euroasia blog (if you wish...

Elocution lesson

‘The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.’ Actually, as a matter of geographical fact, it doesn’t, but never mind: this rather dreary sentence is used not to convey a message as uninteresting as it is inaccurate, but instead to get us to work on our elocution. ‘How now, brown...

What are the easiest languages to learn?

Well, if you’re Spanish – it could be Italian or Portuguese. If you’re Dutch, it could be German. But if you’re a native English speaker, it could well be Spanish or Portuguese. At Euroasia, we regularly get asked this question.  Especially by those trying to decide which language to learn...

Minority report – Welsh

The first in an occasional series on languages spoken by fewer than a million people around the world…we start with Welsh The land of Wales, officially one of the four “home countries” which make up the UK, is famous for its beautiful scenery – usually seen through rain –...

How much money does business lose because it doesn’t get the language right?

Pretty much every business in New Zealand buys from, sells to or works with people for whom English is not their native language. Most of the time, we work on two assumptions: the first is that our partners will be prepared to deal with us in English; the second...

Learn a new language to prevent aging and Alzheimers

It’s well accepted amongst the scientific community that a deep cognitive reserve provides protection from aging and Alzheimers. We came across this very interesting article in Time Magazine recently which we think would be of interest to the Euroasia community. Some key points: Research on bilingualism by Ellen Bialystok of York...

Euroasia opens in Wellington!

Thursday, 12 April 2012, 2:09 pm Press Release: Euroasia Leading foreign language school expands into Wellington New Zealand’s leading provider of European and Asian language and cultural services is opening a branch in Wellington CBD this month. Courses are delivered in conjunction with Wellington partner English Teaching College (ETC),...

Interesting language learning articles – January 2012

Here we’ve compiled a series of articles which may be of interest to language learners and linguaphiles, all from January 2012. 1) How to maximise your memory – The Guardian, 14 Jan 2012 Forget rote learning, one of the best ways to commit something to memory is to think...

2012 New Year resolution: Learn a language

Up there on many new year resolution lists would be the line: “to learn a language”. In recessionary times, it’s even more important to keep improving and to consider learning a second language. Now is the time to be upskilling to future proof generic viagra yourself. The ability to...