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Category :: Language Articles Author :: Gary Cordingley 
 
 Article Title :: Aphasia: The Cruelest Language Barrier
 
Imagine the following scenario: You wake up one morning and instead of speaking English, everyone around you--including your family and friends--is speaking Hungarian. This is a problem because you don't speak Hungarian and you don't have a clue what they're saying. You become frustrated. The people around you become frustrated, too, but instead of switching back to English, they speak Hungarian more loudly.Somebody gets the bright idea of writing you a note. You take the note in your hands and study it. Unfortunately, it's in Hungarian, too, and you can't read it. So they write you another note, still in Hungarian, but this time with large, block letters. You can't read the second  (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Language Articles Author :: Ellis Seamone 
 
 Article Title :: GROUSE ... GROUSE ... GROUSE!!!
 
I realize that we here in the United States consider ourselves at the top rung of the educational ladder, if only for the fact that so many foreign language students are breaking their necks to come here to both study and live English.But, on second glance, we should not deceive ourselves. On this board, we read one teacher complaint after another pertaining to the impossible conditions of Asian ESL schools, while we fail to remember – or, perhaps, admit – that right here in the good old US of A, ESL instructors are pretty much in the same leaky boat! In fact, was it not this very realization that originally induced so many of us to leave our country to seek better professi  (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Language Articles Author :: Ken Cheong 
 
 Article Title :: Learn to Speak Basic Chinese (Mandarin) Words and Phrases
 
The Chinese Language and dialectsEach province, each city and even each village speaks their own dialect. There are hundreds of Chinese dialects in China so much so that each dialect speaker is not likely to understand another dialect speaker from another village or city. Fortunately, Mandarin, the official dialect, is understood by all dialect speakers.Let's learn a few useful basic and common Mandarin words and phrases that will help you break barriers with your Chinese friends.How are You? -Ni Hao MaAlso commonly shorten to Ni Hao.This is likely to be the first Mandarin phrase that you will ever learn. Useful as a greeting or a ice-break  (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Language Articles Author :: Roma Its 
 
 Article Title :: IELTS: Facts Not Many People Know
 
There are many aspects in IELTS that people find surprising, usually when it hits them hard. It is quite a paradox – the information is right there, available to everyone, yet people are still in the dark. Allow me to draw your attention to several facts you don’t want to be surprised about. Usually extensive answer is considered a very good one, but not in IELTS. When instructions say “give one answer” or “answer in 3 words”, it means “give us two answers or 4 words and we’ll fail you”. The reason for this limit is quite simple and obvious – there is not enough room for more than 3 words on Answer Sheet. By the way, articles “a” and “the” count as on  (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Language Articles Author :: Russell Holloway 
 
 Article Title :: Learn Korean: Part 2 - Social Status in Culture
 
Part 1 of this series covered the language and language families in general for the Asian languages. Part 2 will cover the social conduct that is seen throughout Asian countries.To begin, the social structure in Asia, and especially East Asian countries, stems from Taoism and Confucianism philosophies. Confucianism Confucianism has played a big role in setting the social structure in Asia and has more influence than any other belief or philosophy has. Now before I begin, keep in mind I am not saying all Asians follow the Confucian religion, but deep down in Asian culture there are Confucian beliefs. An Asian person may not even recognize what they do as Conf  (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Language Articles Author :: Ron Tichenor 
 
 Article Title :: Why Learn Languages?
 
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 language is the right language. There is no wrong answer to the question 'why learn a language?' and there is no wrong language to learn.The ability to learn another language is not limited by ec  (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Language Articles Author :: Svend Nelson 
 
 Article Title :: Effective IELTS Preparation Online - What Should You Expect?
 
The IELTS exam is a difficult test but not an impossible one. It tests the English-language skills that students actually need to succeed in graduate programmes, and its assessments are rigorous and thorough.That said, IELTS also expects each of the four tasks – listening, reading, writing and speaking – to be done in a particular way. It doesn’t necessarily specify what that way is. Consequently, many ILTS candidates with high English language skills score more poorly than they might if they knew the “rules.”The prime criterion of a good IELTS preparation course is that it trains candidates in the ways IELTS wants to see things done. Also, because IELTS often asks  (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Language Articles Author :: Walt Ballenberger 
 
 Article Title :: France Travel Coming Up? Two Ways to Brush Up Those French Language Skills
 
Many people with France travel on their agenda would like to brush up on their French language skills before their trip. Make no mistake, learning a foreign language is very difficult. However, if you studied the French language in high school or college you might be able to put some of that long-ago effort to good use. Being able to communicate, even with only a few words at your disposal, can make a trip much more fun, and it will perhaps help you figure out where you made that wrong turn before becoming lost!Here are two ways to brush up your French language skills:1. For a number of months I’ve subscribed to a great little free service called French Word A Day. This   (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Language Articles Author :: Larry M. Lynch 
 
 Article Title :: Six Quick Tricks for Learning a Language
 
Do you think that you can’t learn a new language? Think again. Our brains maintain the capacity to soak up new knowledge of all types far into our advanced years. No matter what your background or past learning experience, you CAN learn to speak another language using these six quick techniques.There are a multitude of reasons for wanting to speak the lingua franca of another people; travel, business, education, personal pleasure, even family or friends. Indeed it’s no small feat to habla español, parlez francaise, or sprechenze Deutcsh, but the prestige, financial gains, personal satisfaction and envy that can accompany this easily nurtured skill can be most rewarding.  (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Language Articles Author :: J Square Humboldt 
 
 Article Title :: Cockney Rhyming Slang
 
Sir Winston Churchill once observed that Americans and the British are 'a common people divided by a common language' ... Never was that as true as when describing the Cockneys. You've certainly heard their accent, made famous in everything from movies based on Dickens and George Bernard Shaw novels to computer-generated gekkos telling real gekkos how to go forth and sell car insurance. The Australian accent has its roots in Cockney culture, as they comprised a large percentage of prisoners who were shipped there by the British when they viewed the Land Down Under as an ideal penal colony. Cockneys are the crafty characters from east London who admire those among th  (read full article)
 
 
 
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