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Quebec French and Metropolitan French -  Sam Gendreau

Quebec French and Metropolitan French – Sam Gendreau

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN QUEBEC FRENCH AND METROPOLITAN FRENCH French is a Romance language spoken as a first language in many countries around the world. Indeed, French is an official language in 29 countries. According to a demographic projection led by the Université Laval and the Réseau Démographie de l’Agence universitaire de la francophonie, French speakers...
Trip to Russia (III)

Trip to Russia (III)

TRIP TO RUSSIA – PART 3     3 March 30, 2013 I wake up with a slight headache and see that Richard is already occupied with his iPad.  We don’t have much time because we have to meet Svetlana and Tom, my Australian friend whom I met at ISIT, the famous school for interpreters...
Trip to Russia (II)

Trip to Russia (II)

TRIP TO RUSSIA – PART 2     March 29, 2013 I get up and, after rubbing the sleep from my eyes, see Sergej and Ksiusha brightening the room with their smiles.  They came into my room to say “good morning”.  Since I fell asleep at around 3:00 am and it’s now only 8:00 am, ...
Trip to Russia (I)

Trip to Russia (I)

TRIP TO RUSSIA – PART 1     The morning of February 6th started out as a beautiful sunny day and I was in a good mood.    After working on my book and going for a run around the park, I was prepared to face the three straight hours of lessons that awaited me. ...
Choosing an accent

Choosing an accent

English   According to current estimates, there are approximately 6,000 languages in existence throughout the world.  Some of them enjoy a unique status, those we define as “dominant languages” because they are used as an instrument of daily communication by a substantial number of people.  Among these languages some are used on many continents.  As...
Native-like accent - Berta Fernández

Native-like accent – Berta Fernández

¿Se puede hablar un idioma no materno con acento prácticamente nativo? Sí se puede… si quieres. En España había un anuncio de una academia de inglés que decía: ¿si te dieran a elegir entre una pastilla que te diera una pronunciación perfecta y una pastilla que hiciera que tuvieras un inglés perfecto… ?¿cuál elegirías?. En...
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The laziness paradox - Sam Gendreau

The laziness paradox – Sam Gendreau

Download or listen to the MP3 at the bottom of this post. Bob and Jack were two lumberjacks, each given an area of about 10 acres of thick, old growth forest to cut for the year. They were each paid a fixed amount of money for each tree cut, and both had the same equipment...
A talk about Japan: Robert Bigler

A talk about Japan: Robert Bigler

LUCA LAMPARIELLO TALKS TO ROBERT BIGLER ABOUT JAPAN AND JAPANESE Luca: Buongiorno a tutti, io sono Luca per quelli insomma che già mi conoscono, oggi sto parlando con il mio caro amico Robert, che è attualmente in Giappone. Ciao Robert, come stai? Robert: Ciao buonasera, sto benissimo. Qui a Fukuoka sono le 8 di sera...
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The mimic method - Idahosa Ness

The mimic method – Idahosa Ness

Have you ever heard your own voice in a recording and thought “Oh my God…that’s ME?!” Don’t worry, this is a common reaction. Due to the fact that your ears and speech organ are attached to the same physical body, your perception of your own voice will always be distorted. Therefore, whatever you think you...
Multilingual interview about language, life and travel: Jens Oprita

Multilingual interview about language, life and travel: Jens Oprita

Download or listen to the MP3 at the bottom of this post  Français Luca: Bonjour à tous je suis Luca, aujordhui je parle avec un ami, un pote à moi que j’ai rencontré à Oslo, et..bonjours Jens, ça va? Jens: Bonjour, ça va oui. Et toi, en forme ? Luca: Oui, en forme. Je vais...
The Secrets to Developing Advanced Fluency in a Foreign Language

The Secrets to Developing Advanced Fluency in a Foreign Language

  Many people are after “the” perfect method to learn a language, but I don’t think there’s any one perfect method. However, there are some universal principles one should follow in order to learn a language in a “brain-friendly way”. Principle 1: Time Time is a crucial factor in language learning. There is no doubt...
How and why polyglots don't confuse languages

How and why polyglots don’t confuse languages

MICHAL: welcome to Poland, we are in Poznan and we have the pleasure and opportunity to speak with 3 great polyglots, can you introduce yourselves please? RICHARD: my name is Richard Simcott and I am from the UK, I have been in Poland now for a month trying to improve my polish and my passion...