What value is there in lip reading when it comes to language learning?
Confused about Castilian? Jim explains the languages of Spain.
When I switch from my native English into Spanish, it's not just the language which is changing. I switch into Spanish mode. Can speaking a different language change your personality? Or does it reveal different facets of you?
The word "rural" has the same spelling and meaning in both English and Spanish. And it inspires terror in learners in both language..... The following article is from Paul, an English teacher who lives in Argentina. Paul writes on behalf of Language Trainers, a language tutoring service offering personalized course packages to individuals and groups.
Many years have passed since the original ideas for Speekee came together. One of those ideas was the use of Sock Puppets. We felt certain they were perfect language learning tools - especially for kids - and that's why we gave instructions on how to make Dino and Lupi right at the start of our FastTrack curriculum for homeschoolers.
My name is Kimberly and I am a homeschooling mom of 3. My 9 and 3 year old daughters are embarking on a year long journey to Spain. How, you may ask? It will be a virtual tour! A tour of the Spanish language through www.speekee.com and the accompanying homeschool curriculum. I am so excited to see where this path will lead us. Come along with us with weekly updates and see just how far our adventure will take us over the next year.
For us at Speekee, teaching Spanish is not simply about getting students to memorise words and phrases. Sure enough, the language itself must be carefully chosen to reflect a child's linguistic needs in real-life settings, and memorisation forms a part of the learning, but it's more important to cultivate the learner's ability to be flexible with the Spanish learned.
When learning Spanish (or any language), it's natural for English speakers to try to form their Spanish phrases in the same way that they'd form English ones. Unfortunately, this does not always work, and often times will result in making you look quite silly. In order to improve your grammar and protect your dignity, read on to learn which mistakes English speakers make the most, as well as how to avoid them.
The region known as Andalucía, which makes up most of the south of the country, is home to the driest place in Spain; the wettest place in Spain; the hottest place in Spain; and it has the highest mountain on the Spanish peninsula. Andalucía's fauna is similarly varied.
Quick guide to Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville.
Is it true that the rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain? A quick guide to Spain's climate.
Flamenco can be song, it can be dance, or it can be guitar. Or it can be any combination of these three forms of artistic expression. Flamenco is about passion, spontaneity, individuality. It's in the blood.
Perhaps there is no art in the 'art of conversation'; my own theory is that the very best conversations have no idea where they are heading, no interest in any particular objective. Such conversations - with a 'life of their own' - can produce many an inspiring moment, and one such moment occurred last night as I discussed an aspect of the Spanish language with a Spanish friend.
What attributes does the perfect language teacher have?
There's no doubt that childhood is the best time to learn a foreign language: children's brains are growing and flexible, and have the seemingly magical ability to soak up linguistic information like a sponge. Of course, the best way for children to learn a language is to live in a place where that language is spoken. That way, they'll be using the language to communicate, and their skills will increase rapidly.
Jim chats with Olena Centeno of Bilingual Kids Rock.
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