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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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
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.
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?
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)
I have mentioned in the previous post that the role of grammar in language learning is under question. There are scholars who state that focusing on grammar is not valid anymore. At the same time, some scholars still strongly believe in the importance of grammar. Let's get practical. 1. Once again, I want to bring … Continue reading Is Grammar Important?
In current linguistics, there is a passionate debate about the importance of grammar in language learning. Indeed, there is a shift to the communicative approach, where the priority is to deliver your idea to the person you are talking to. At the same time, no one cares if you miss an article or omit the … Continue reading Russian Language. Part 3. Grammar.
... Alphabet. To continue, I will briefly discuss the alphabet. Many people get scared when they see Cyrillic letters. I heard many times that it was exactly the Russian alphabet, which was a turn-off for learning the language. To surprise you (or scare even more), I will say that the alphabet is the easiest aspect … Continue reading Russian Language. Part 2. Alphabet and Vocabulary.