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100 (Free) Ways To Learn to Speak Another Language

100 (Free) Ways To Learn to Speak Another Language
Learning another language is among the many things that have been made easier with the explosion of the digital universe. While some of the resources aren’t incredible (simply using Google Translate), and some of the languages fairly obscure (Welsh), the list is impressive if for no other reason than to demonstrate how much is actually out there if you do a little digging. Video Channels Just watch and learn. Cantocourse Learn Cantonese through skits involving live cattle, public security officers, and “dating tips for plonkers.”OMGmeiyu In these short videos, English idioms and slang are translated into Mandarin by a perky American host.Swahili Lessons Get a short intro to this African language with this collection of videos.Let’s Speak Korean And how shall we speak it? By watching these 60 video tutorials, of course.Latinum The guy behind the informative podcast has made the switch to YouTube. Podcasts If you’re an auditory learner, we have good news for you. Textbooks Translation Tools Apps

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Spelling - Teaching Spelling - Spelling Rules If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud. Dearest creature in creation, Study English pronunciation. Types of Skills Everyone Should Know – Video – Top 100 Important Skills 3. Split Firewood Seasoned splitters use a maul, not an ax, to prep firewood. (With its slim taper, an ax head often gets stuck in the end grain.) Don't use a chopping block—it reduces the arc of the swing, which decreases power. Instead, place the log on the ground, 5 in. closer than the length of the maul handle.

50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language - Teaching a new language to non-native speakers may be one of the most challenging educational jobs out there, so ELL teachers can use all of the help they can get! Thankfully, many excellent resources for ELL and ESL exist online, from full-service websites to reference tools and communities, all designed to make the task of educating ELL students just a little bit easier and more effective. We’ve scoured the Internet to share 50 of the best of these resources, and we hope you’ll find lots of valuable content and tools through these incredibly useful links for ELL educators.

35 Best Online Language Learning Resources Guest post by Goranka. What are the best Online Language Learning resources? Learning a foreign language is an excellent way to add another string to your bow and advance your career. It is also a way to get to know other cultures, expand your views, meet other people and enrich your own world. October 2012 "What'd You Say?": Pronunciation Activities by Sarah Sahr How to Use 43 Folders A very simple guide to leaving here quickly so you can get back to making something awesome. Ask yourself… Why am I here right now instead of making something cool on my own? What’s the barrier to me starting that right now? This is not an insult or put-down. A Visual Intro To Teaching With Tablets Tablets–iPads, Nexus 7s, Kindles, and even Intel’s Studybook–can be powerful learning tools, offering: 1. Alternative to print books

Teaching and Learning Pronunciation A lot of teachers shy away from teaching pronunciation or they think it isn't important for learners to know the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) symbols. No doubt they have their reasons, but I often get asked by students, 'But how do I learn how to pronounce a word?' They look up a word in a dictionary, and they see these funny squiggles beside the word and they don't know what they mean. If only for this reason, for them to be able to pronounce a word by looking at the IPA, it's worth guiding them through the sounds of English. If you're a teacher, but you aren't sure where to start, Adrian Underhill's videos are phenomenally inspirational - just search for him in YouTube. I have embedded his schwa lesson here:

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Your 60-Second Guide To Changing The World Through Social Media - Social media has taken on a life of its own in 2012. Once an interesting distraction, any progressive digital platform worth its salt is now fully social and omni-aware. But social media is a powerful tool for more than like-contests and image sharing. babbel Matthew Youlden speaks nine languages fluently and understands more than a dozen more. We work in the same office in Berlin so I constantly hear him using his skills, switching from language to language like a chameleon changing colors. In fact, for the longest time I didn’t even know he was British. When I told Matthew how I’ve been struggling to merely pick up a second language, he had the following advice for me.

Speed Reading What would we do without technology? There are so many advantages for the modern reader, now that we are no longer limited to printed books. Yes, your ereader might not be the best thing to take to the bathtub or the beach, but you wouldn’t want to drop a printed book in the water either! The ability to carry an entire library around with you more than makes up for any extra care you might have to take with an electronic reading device – and soon you might not even have to do that. Technology keeps advancing with gigantic strides and this only means one thing for us: our day to day activities become easier, our hobbies grow more pleasant, and most importantly, our education and careers advance further.

3 Tips To Communicate More Effectively Via Social Media 3 Tips To Communicate More Effectively Via Social Media by Bena Kallick, Institute for Habits of Mind Are you having trouble listening with understanding and empathy (one of the Habits of Mind) when you are not face to face with the other person–on facebook, Google+, twitter, or other social networks? As an educator, staying in touch with your professional learning network digitally is a boon to the quantity of communication, but without the proper habits, you may not be reaping the quality you might. Inspired by the thinking from my work with Art Costa at the Institute for the Habits of Mind, here are some tips: 1.