Test yourself: Are you fluent?

Some people take years to learn a language, some months and others decades. So, what are we all chasing? What is it that exams test students for? Fluency. However, given the different complexities, intricacies and even structure of languages around the world, how do you know if you’ve really become fluent? Is it that 100% […]

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Why Should I Learn a Foreign Language?

More and more software programs, electronic devices and websites devoted to foreign languages are being developed daily. Why all the excitement? Why would YOU want to learn a foreign language? Job Advancement – Get the Competitive Edge Many large corporations and government agencies have positions requiring a second language. In a country like Canada, which […]

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7 habits of highly efficient students

The one thing young students, casual learners and advanced learners of a language have in common is the desire to learn efficiently. Students have to grapple with very different concepts, cultures and even script – depending on the language. It’s not as simple as picking up reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. To learn effectively, […]

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18 Strategies for Enhancing Language Skills

Learning a language is not always effortless. To maximise your learning and efficiently progress, students must adopt strategies. Here are our best tips for enhancing language skills and managing language challenges. This list is not exhaustive, it’s simply a place to begin. 1. Take the mystery away. The first and perhaps most important strategy is […]

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Humans vs Machine

This age-old debate will continue to rage on but in terms of language acquisition and translation, which one is better? Human or Machine? We’ve all used Google Translate or downloaded an online dictionary when we’re travelling. Perhaps we’ve even depended on it for work or to communicate with friends from other countries. However, more often […]

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Chinese reference information to help you study

Chinese characters seem to be the most difficult part for foreign learners of Mandarin. One likely reason may be that Chinese characters look very different from their Roman language counterparts. Each character in Mandarin represents not only the pronunciation, but also possess a certain meaning. A common complaint is that Chinese characters are so unlike […]

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