Anglicisms and Cognates

Nowadays,  English language is more and more present in many other languages than in the past. Have you ever heard the word “anglicism”?  It is a word, an  idiom or  a characteristic feature of the English language occurring in or borrowed by another language. In some  languages these anglicisms are sometimes  modified, in order to […]

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Posted on May 15, 2017 by   Language Covered: French, Portuguese, Spanish, Students | 

7 Chinese taboos (part 2)

  In the previous post, we talk about some Chinese taboos, here’s a few more: 4.Never say “我 不是 东西 (wǒ bú shì Dongxi)” This sentence will certainly confuse: the words “东 (Dong)” and “西 (xi)” mean east and west, right? True, but when we match them, they have a new meaning: “thing”. For example, […]

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Posted on April 30, 2017 by   Language Covered: Chinese | 

7 Chinese Taboos

Everybody knows when you visit a foreign country you should adapt to the new environment. Of course, there will be some “weird” customs you are not familiar with. Let me help you to avoid naïve behavior. Among those, there is the large taboo topic. Some of them are pretty well known:  for example, eating with […]

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Posted on April 15, 2017 by   Language Covered: Chinese | 

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 |