Many language learners do put enough effort in the initial stages to get to a certain level of proficiency but can’t seem to get above that level, try as they might. There can be any number of reasons for this. I will go through a number of them here. Have a read through them and see which may apply to you. Maybe, more than one. The important thing to realise is that two of the key reasons that stop people moving forwards is that they do not know what is holding them back and they do not know which way to move forward. Once you know, you can take steps to remedy the situation.
We live in the most hurried, busy time the world has perhaps ever seen.
We have more engagements, more work, more distractions to fill more hours of more days and if you are like me, you still find yourself wishing you could accomplish – just a bit more.
Amongst all this business is a desire to master another language. We all have our different reasons for this desire, but I I suspect that we all share one thing in common – a lack of time to really focus on learning the language.
Naboomboo is a language exchange community. Users can train and improve their foreign language skills by sharing and discussing their interests and favorite topics with others on the platform.
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In Asia mobile phones are more intensively used than in North America or Europe. Often they are the main computing device, replacing laptops or desktop computers entirely. This also means that mobile phones are more and more used to perform different tasks in the field of learning, from sharing questions related to homework to learning a new language.
HelloTalk offers a social app that connects language learners from across the globe. The app features a set of different tools to facilitate exchange within the community, and to help community members to learn a new language.
Editor’s Note: This article has first been published in EducationInvestor on April 3rd 2014. The recent launch of Duolingo for Schools and Rosetta Stone’s prediction for language trends underline the need to flip the language learning classroom.
When it comes to language, Europe is in a unique position. In a small geographical area, connected by a common market and to some extent common culture, we have access to nearly all the world’s most important languages: English, of course, but German, Spanish, Portuguese and French all play major roles in global trade, too. And the European Commission is keen to get people learning: a year ago, it announced the lofty goal of making every European speak at least three languages, calling this multilingualism strategy “mother tongue plus two”.