Another occupation encourages language-learning

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet March 15, 2011

Some careers need people to know more than one language--translators and interpreters for example. But most companies don’t require it; knowledge of a second or third language is simply a small advantage in the workforce.

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Topics: Language Learning, Healthcare

How to supplement your language classes (almost for free!)

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet February 16, 2011

So you want to learn a new language; but can a few videos or a weekly class make you fluent? Unfortunately, the odds are slim that they will. Most people need to see and use a language on a regular basis to become more comfortable with it. What can you do to supplement your language-learning method? Well, here’s what I did when I started learning Spanish again:

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Topics: Language Learning

Companies invest in Livemocha language-learning

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet February 08, 2011

Your company asks you to be proficient in a foreign language...what do you do? For Rakuten employees in Japan, the answer is "learn the language". As a result of opening offices in the U.S., Rakuten decided to change its language of business to English, a language all its employees must now learn within two years.

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Topics: Language Learning

Monroe firefighters take Spanish classes

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet January 27, 2011

Responding to an emergency can be tough when you can't understand the person who's injured or in peril.

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Topics: Language Learning, Spanish

Language acquisition proven possible for everyone!

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet December 15, 2010

No more excuses: it seems anyone can learn a new language! What many people swear is impossible for them has just been proven possible by Cambridge neuroscientists.

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Topics: Language Learning

Learn languages online alongside native speakers

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet August 17, 2010

A Seattle web-based company may have found the solution to successful language-learning. The convenience of at-home learning and the value of native speakers as editors come together at LiveMocha.com, where you can be matched with other language learners from around the world.

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Topics: Language Learning

Reasons to learn a new language

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet July 29, 2010

It is logistically impossible to learn every language on the planet (there’s ~6,900 of them), but learning one or two more may help you in the long run. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that one’s native tongue affects the way he or she sees and interprets the world.

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Topics: Language Learning

RhinoSpike Teaches You Foreign Languages by Hearing Native Speakers

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet June 25, 2010

[This is a re-post from Lifehacker.com]

There are many ways to learn a foreign language, but there's no replacement for hearing it from a native speaker. With free web service RhinoSpike, you can submit text in any language and hear a native speaker say it back to you.

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Topics: Language Learning

Inogolo Demonstrates Pronunciation of Difficult Proper Names

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet May 14, 2010

[re-post from lifehacker.com

Inogolo

If you're puzzled on how to pronounce an unfamiliar proper name, Inogolo can help with visual and spoken pronunciation guides.

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Topics: Language Learning

Foreign Service Institute's Language Courses Available Free Online

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet April 27, 2010

[Re-post from lifehacker.com]

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Topics: Language Learning