Classroom formal learning

Learning a language in a formal environment

The second part of our language learning series is about learning a new language in a formal setting. Last week, we talked about immersion, that is learning “on-the-go” by letting all the nuances of the language flow into you almost unconsciously. But there are limits to how efficient this way of learning is without being backed up by formal learning techniques. Let me draw the … Continue reading Learning a language in a formal environment

Language learning by immersion

An introduction to learning a foreign language through immersion

There are several approaches to learning a language. In this entry, I would like to talk about immersion. When people talk about immersion, they often refer to international schools or classes in which part of the curriculum is delivered entirely in a second language. If started early enough, beginning by telling or listening to stories, or playing games in the language, young students are adequately … Continue reading An introduction to learning a foreign language through immersion

Ways of improving language skills

Improving your foreign language skills : some tips on how to get from B1 to C1

There’s only so much that a book or a class will teach you. Fluency comes from understanding and using the language you are learning in all kinds of settings, from talking to your doctor to chatting other participants at a meet-up. First of all, you need to identify which is your preferred way of learning. Personally, I feel more at ease with the written word … Continue reading Improving your foreign language skills : some tips on how to get from B1 to C1

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Keeping in touch with your mother tongue while living abroad (here: French)

We all know that great writing skills and a complete mastery of your target language are necessary when you are a translator. But how do you maintain your fluency and keep up with new terminology when you live abroad? I’ll speak from experience here and share with you a few tips on how I keep contact with my native French while living in Norway. (They … Continue reading Keeping in touch with your mother tongue while living abroad (here: French)