Italian: Soft Z or Hard Z?

The Soft Z is usually written   as “long z” in phonetical dictionaries. It comes from latin, of course. Here are some examples: prandium – pranzo (lunch); radius – razzo (rocket). Here the Z with a soft sound: 1) when it is  followed by two vowels, but the first one is not an  “I”: zoo, zuavo […]

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Posted on March 30, 2017 by   Language Covered: Italian | 

Common mistakes when we learn a foreign language

When we learn a new language, we make a lot of mistakes. Below I have tried to gather briefly some concerns  about  how you should NOT learn a foreign language: 1) Not be a regular learner.You cannot learn a language if you are not constant. You learn some new words this week, then the next one […]

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Posted on March 15, 2017 by   Language Covered: Other | 

Good Teacher=Happy Student

Many people think being a language teacher is easy. It is just enough speaking the language taught, meeting the student and doing some exercises together.  It is not like that at all.   Let’s see 7 important points:   Being on time. When you arrange a class you have to commit to it, we do […]

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Posted on March 13, 2017 by   Language Covered: Other | 

How to improve your language communication skills

What do London, Melbourne and New York have in common? All of them are big cities with thousands  people  who live an  unrestrainable life.  The incredible variety of culture, people and ideas contributes to their beauty and charm. Nonetheless, It often looks like a “huge fast food , even in social relationships: you can meet […]

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Posted on February 15, 2017 by   Language Covered: Students, Teachers | 

Learning Language Virtually Anywhere (Part 2)

In my previous post I start with a Q&A about the benefits of teaching and learning online. Let’s continue on… Do you notice a difference between your online students and your face-to-face students? My online students are more independent and self-reliant. In a classroom, the teacher is always present, which makes students more likely to […]

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Posted on January 30, 2017 by   Language Covered: Other | 

Learning Language Virtually Anywhere (Part 1)

Skype. Google Talk. WizIQ. iChat. These are names of online learning platforms more and more students are using to learn languages. For many international assignees, this style of training is a good alternative to face-to-face classes. But some clients remain unsure if online training is right for their employees. Here is my Q&A to explain […]

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Posted on January 15, 2017 by   Language Covered: Other | 

Are you getting funny looks from native speakers of English?

 Do you find yourself getting funny looks from native speakers of English? Are you frustrated by all the times you’ve been asked to repeat yourself when you speak English to a native speaker? It is only natural for people who learn English as a foreign language to make mistakes when speaking. Not only do we […]

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Posted on December 30, 2016 by   Language Covered: English | 

Merry Christmas!

 Livelingua  teachers wish you a Merry Christmas!!! ¡Feliz Navidad! , 圣诞节快乐, 메리 크리스마스, Joyeux Noël,メリークリスマス,  Buon Natale,Feliz Natal,С Рождеством,عيد ميلاد مجيد Frohe Weihnachten Don’t you know what to give to your friends? A LiveLingua class!  It is a priceless experience.  

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Posted on December 25, 2016 by   Language Covered: Uncategorized | 

Italian accents

What are the rules for using accents? What are the exceptions? There are many things to say regarding accents. Let’s start with this one: when we speak, although we don’t always realize it, we put an emphasis on each word. And rightly so, because all words have an accent. But when we write, it is […]

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Posted on December 15, 2016 by   Language Covered: Italian | 

Italian gestures (?)

When you learn a language, even our body is involved in the learning process. Especially our hands and our heads. Gestures are a fundamental part of the language experience and they  are often difficult to understand and explain. So,  I asked myself: are you sure that gesture is Italian? The majority of people in the […]

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Posted on November 30, 2016 by   Language Covered: Italian, Other, Portuguese, Students, Teachers |