Mistakes are a significant part of learning in every field. Languages are not exception. The main point is to allow yourself to make a mistake. There is nothing scary about using a wrong word or a grammatical form. Trust me, no one will remember your inaccuracies. What is really scary is to avoid communication with … Continue reading Afraid to Speak a Foreign Language?
One of the keys for success is a good rest. Very often we forget this, while chasing our dreams. Hard work definitely pays off. Always. However, rest is equally important. We do need time to recharge our batteries. We do need time to take care of ourselves and switch off the stress. In the end, … Continue reading It’s Simple!
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Language in International Couples
The number of international couples keeps up rising. People speak either the language of their partner or they speak English as lingua franca. This sounds fascinating and complicated at the same time. People may struggle to express themselves in a foreign language.One of the solutions is to start learning each other languages. A bit by … Continue reading Language in International Couples
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Body Language. Part 2.
During quarantine, there is more time to work on your body language. You can observe what gestures and postures public speakers have. Get some inspiration. You can ask your friends and relatives to provide you a kind feedback on your moves. Use the mirror to see yourself practicing. You can also videorecord yourself. Yes, it … Continue reading Body Language. Part 2.
When you hear the word 'language', what comes to your mind? Speaking, writing? Right. However, language is a broad term, which also refers to the human body, movements, gestures, and mimics. Among many factors, body language determines whether you like and trust the person, whether you want to continue communication. Have you ever paid attention … Continue reading Body Language
How to Work on a Text? Part 1.
Let's discuss each of the writing stages (ideas, words & phrases, sentences, paragraphs, coherence, review) more in detail. 1. Ideas. Although you are full of ideas, the most difficult stage is to start. Procrastination is a typical avoidant behaviour that many of us experience, starting a new task. Remember, you don't need to finish the … Continue reading How to Work on a Text? Part 1.
In What Language Do You See Dreams?
This is the question I have recently received from my friend. And I was puzzled. I never paid attention till the moment I was asked. Interesting question, isn't it? Speaking up to 5 languages per day definitely affects my thinking and dreaming. While English is my dominant 'thinking' language, dreams are rather multilingual, usually Russian, … Continue reading In What Language Do You See Dreams?
How I Learned Finnish Words? (Applicable to Other Languages)
I am extending the topic of the Finnish language acquisition, hoping that my experience can be useful to others. Like I mentioned before, vocabulary was a challenge for me in every language I learned. Here are the tricks, which helped me to overcome the struggle: 1. Senses. As a visual person, I need to see … Continue reading How I Learned Finnish Words? (Applicable to Other Languages)