Skype Translator Preview

Skype Translator Preview features Connected Classrooms at Launch

Cross-published on EDUKWEST.


Skype today officially launched the Skype Translator Preview with a video showing how the technology can be used to connect classrooms across the globe. In the demo a class from Tacoma in the USA and a class from Mexico City play a game of “Mystery Skype”, asking each other questions to determine in which city they are located respectively.

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Studying in London

Great Free Resources for Learning British English

As you know, there are different dialects of English around the world like British English, American English, Australian and so on. In most cases it does not really matter which English dialect you learn as long as you try to stick with it and don’t mix up different Englishes. When you learn English as a second language in school, in the vast majority of cases, you’re either taught British or American English.

However, the situation changes when it comes to studying in London or working in New York City. Dialects, accents, a slightly different vocabulary and grammar can play an important role as proper spelling might have an effect on your grades at university or your coworkers will simply understand you better when you talk the way they are used to, may it be in a British or American accent or the use of certain words and vocabulary .

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sitcoms to learn english

Top 5 Sitcoms to Watch with your Students to Learn English

The following is a list of top 5 TV shows that I believe are useful to helping students improve their English:

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business english

Business English Learners want to focus on Vocabulary not Grammar

In a recent interview with Sprachen & Beruf (Languages & Business), one of the major international business conferences that takes place in Berlin every year, Deborah Capras, the deputy editor at Business Spotlight made some interesting points on the importance of learning vocabulary vs. learning grammar.

She points out that in a survey amongst readers of Business Spotlight, a magazine for learning business English, over 90% of the readers stated that they want to learn vocabulary whereas only 50% also want to learn grammar.

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