If you devoted time to learning a language this year, now is the time to consider how you’ll keep that information fresh in your mind. There is a common saying about languages: “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.” It’s also like starting an exercise program and then just stopping overnight. You must maintain your exercise regime even if you stop going to classes!
Learning a second language is a very personal experience, and people learn best in different ways. While there are slight and generalized differences between how introverts and extroverts experience a second language, both personalities have the same ability to become fluent in a new language!
International Women’s Day, on March 8, provides an opportunity to reflect on the struggle for greater gender equality. Although the origins of this annual event date back over a century, its focus on women’s respect and opportunities remains overwhelmingly relevant today—from sexual harassment and violence to imbalanced laws and workplace unfairness, where women are far too frequently underemployed, underpaid, and underpromoted, still in 2022.
Apps are incredible tools with a great mission: to bring education to everyone. However, after spending so much time studying with them, shouldn’t you be seeing improved results? Be honest with yourself. Can you be content simply by learning new words, grasping a few grammatical principles, and even greeting someone in your target language?
According to Lisa Genova, a Harvard-trained neuroscientist, memories are either momentarily unavailable or permanently erased, which explains why some memories are designed to endure a few seconds while others can last a lifetime (your wedding day).
The reasons for learning a foreign language are different but all valid: whether it is for personal, professional, study or touristic reasons, speaking a foreign language helps to develop our mind, enrich our vision of life and broaden our horizons. “To learn a language is to have another window to look at the world” Chinese proverb.
Our ability to connect with people is one of the most satisfying features of the human experience. It is a wonderful blessing to be able to communicate with someone in their language.
Fifty-five years ago, UNESCO established guidelines for teachers’ rights and responsibilities regarding basic training, continuing education, recruiting, employment, and working conditions. Since 1994, this day has been commemorated annually on October 5th as World Teacher’s Day!