How many of YOU reading this article have studied a foreign language? Plenty of textbooks on your shelves. You’ve learnt so many grammatical rules and done hundreds of excercises your whole life. But then, when you run into a tourist asking you where’s the main square of your country, you just get stuck and stutter… Read More Travelling improves your language skills
When we first start speaking a language different from our own, one of the first obstacles that comes our way is the difficulty in being funny. We’ve all been there: in an attempt to appear nice and funny to our foreign interlocutor, we make a joke which receives no reply whatsoever, not even a fake… Read More I MADE A JOKE, WHY IS NO ONE LAUGHING?!
When learning about the process of language acquisition, two approaches are normally distinguished: The behavioural approach and the nativist approach. In this article we are going to explain the different approaches paying special attention to the Critical Period Hypothesis. – The Behaviouristic Approach maintains that children acquire the language through environmental components: learner imitation, practice,… Read More The critical period hypothesis in language acquisition
Everybody knows that different registers in language exist. Since primary school, they teach you how to manage simple conversations, by using common sentences and expressions that could help you in easy circumstances. Then, as you grow up and your relationships become more complex, the need for a higher knowledge of the language rules becomes more… Read More How to text your boss
Storytelling is a skill which has been present in the world for centuries. Our ancestors were passing information from one generation to the other by oral transmission in the form of storytelling. Even Jesus himself was using stories to explain his point of view. As a matter of fact, every single person is a storyteller whether he is… Read More The art of storytelling