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English as a Second Language

Viewing entries posted in 2011

24Aug2011

5 Steps to Enhance Your English

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It is no secret that English is one the top most spoken languages in the world. As lists and numbers vary, English typically ranks as the third most spoken language to Mandarin Chinese (first) and Spanish (second). Ranking each of the worldly languages as to which is the most difficult to learn in not an easy task. The act of learning a language is incredibly subjective. I, however, did do a search to find out, that on a scale of one to five, with five being most difficult to learn, English scored a two. That score landed it amongst the easiest languages to learn. The article mentioned that English is a great language to add to your language repertoire because of its high use in international affairs (...like shopping). According to this article, the most difficult languages to learn where tied between Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Arabic. Regardless of which language you choose to learn, here are five language learning tips to help you in your language learning process.

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18Aug2011

Culture Helps to Learn Languages

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In order to understand the world, one must become engulfed with it. Learning a new language falls under this category. But simply going through the motions and practicing the vocabulary might not be enough. If you ask any language expert across the world how to most easily master a language, their response will be the same. Go to the country, immerse yourself in the culture, and experience it!

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17Aug2011

Learning English Improves Employability

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The English language is highly regarded as the language of choice for international air travel and air traffic control. But with the internet continually pressing on, English has established itself as the language of choice for professional organizations, ecommerce, and a high percentage of international businesses. Whether you want to excel in the international business world, or simply get your foot in the door, learning the English language is a good place to start.

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16Aug2011

The History of the English Language

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The English language has a long history of change and progress. Being rooted around 450 AD in what is known as old English, today's modern English has come a long way. Scholars maintain that modern speakers would struggle to understand the basic tenants of old English. However, many of our most common words today (be, water, strong) are based on the earliest forms of the English language.

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12Aug2011

Language of Sports

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People all over the United States and the world engage in sports on a daily basis. Whether it is running, American football, soccer, baseball, hockey, or lacrosse, people from all over the world are able to interact with each other and enjoy a healthy activity. Whether it is a professional or community league, there is a good chance that you, as an athlete, will be playing with or against somebody who speaks another language. That is part of the beauty of being involved with sports. Everybody on a team or in a specific league does not need to speak the same language in order to enjoy the game and compete with each other. It is as though sports take on individual languages of their own.

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11Aug2011

Fictional Languages

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Unfortunately, languages come and go. Some languages are very rare, and only spoken by a select few. Other languages have been forgotten over time and died out. Others are growing and expanding faster than teachers can teach. Each country has their own national language of choice. But as international business expands, so too must our vocabulary. But what about fictional languages?

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11Aug2011

Combining Lessons to Learn English

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Getting a handle on the English language requires more than just memory work and speech recognition. In order for students to master English, they must get a hold of how the language impacts and impedes their daily lives. At SOLEX, students do more than just read over the cirriculum and learn vocabulary, they experience and grow with the language.

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9Aug2011

Most Beautiful Words in the English Language

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The English language is full of beautiful words, many adapted from other languages, and even more created each year.  J.R.R. Tolkien claimed that "cellar door" was the most beautiful word or combination of words. So what's your favorite word?

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5Aug2011

English Accents for Native and Non Native Speakers

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The English language is very complex, and often poses problems to speakers. With a myriad of different variations and regional dialects and accents to learn, non-native speakers must quickly adapt to learn the subtle differences. This leads to a third problematic issue, non-native English speakers accents.

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11Jul2011

National Multilanguage Spelling Bee

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Language, and language learning is nowhere as cut and dry as it once was. America continues to expand into an international melting pot, and Chicago excels in the teaching and acceptance of international students. But with the first ever Spanish National Language Spelling Bee held over the weekend, the boundaries between diversity and integration have taken one step closer to being blurred.

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