Monday, August 20, 2012

How to learn a language

So far on this blog, you can find several posts telling you some tips regarding language learning. They tell how to learn a foreign language easily and sometimes how to practice a language for free.

From now on, you can see a tab called How to learn a language with a collection of these posts published previously. We will add all the new posts with guidelines to follow when learning languages.

These are some posts that you can read so far:

It tells ways of learning any language quickly.

Thanks to internet, now you can listen foreign stations and practice your listening skills.

Different ways to learn new words in Russian, although these tips are useful for any foreign language that you may be learning.

Interesting article with some tips to learn a foreign language in a few months.

Learning a foreign language could be easier than you expect. You must work different skills such as reading, writing, speaking and listening. Just attending a class a few hours every week is not enough, you must work every day a bit at home. Obviously, the best way is to live in the country where the target language is spoken. Although, if you do not have the chance, you can improve so much in your home country.

As you probably know, internet offers endless chances of improving your listening skills: radio broadcasts, podcasts, videos, films, etc. Although, there are other ways of working your listening skills. The following is a useful tip.

Kató Lomb was a Hungarian interpreter, translator, language genius and one of the first simultaneous interpreters in the world. She spoke 17 different languages. And she suggested the Ten Commandments for language learning.

New technologies (skype, messenger, e-mail, voice, chat, webcam, msn,...) allow students to make new friends and talk in different languages.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Language exchange pubs in Madrid

There are different ways of exchanging and practicing languages. You can meet someone individually (face to face or virtually), although, you can also join a group of people who usually meet in pubs or cafes purposely  to speak in foreign languages.

These groups usually organize activities with the aim of learning languages: encounters, dinners, cinema, parties, excursions, sports, cultural visits, wine tastings...

Joining them you'll know people who speak English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, French, Japanese or Spanish among other languages.

In Babelan, in the section of Language exchange in Madrid, some language groups posted messages about their activites. Here’s a list of some of them:

Club LTL
Offers conversation & cañas every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 20.30 h. Mainly English and Spanish.

Cinema every Friday and right after language exchange at 4D pub. And other activities. Multilingual (English, German, Italian, Brazilian, Japanese, Spanish...).

Downtown Madrid
Conversations in a bar every Thursday, from 18 to 23.30 h. Multilingual (English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish).

Every Wednesday (20.30 h) and Sunday (19 h) language exchange at a cafe. Weekends other activites such as films, dinners, excursions, sports, parties, etc. Multilingual.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Spanish Globes

Spanish Globes is a new language web page. Here, users can learn and practice Spanish. It covers from beginners to advanced students.

Basically, it's got a comprehensive set of listening activites. For every level, there are several audio recordings that deal different topics. You can listen the audio recordings and read the transcript that is just under the audio. This way you can improve your listening skills and broaden your vocabulary.

As they state: "Learn and practice Spanish for free, listening usual conversations from latinamerican people. Learn about Latin American culture, food, relationships, travels, books, carrers and more...".

Practice Spanish and other languages

You can meet people and practice languages here.
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