How many times have you heard “Why do you study it if no one speaks it anymore?” when referring to a person who studies Latin or Greek? These languages have often been labelled as boring and useless even though they are as important as modern languages. In this article I am going to explain what… Read More WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO LEARN A ‘DEAD’ LANGUAGE?
December is here, and it has brought with it joy and good intentions. Some people think this is the best period of the year, and it’s impossible not to notice how crowded streets become during these days. Not cold, not stress, not even the desire to make savings: nothing can stop us when it is… Read More Christmas best words
After the recent economic recession of 2008, Ireland’s economy is booming. The country achieved the fastest growing economy in the eurozone for a fourth straight year. As the country is experiencing its most flourishing period in the last 20 years, employers are looking for more and more employees. However, the recruitment of good employees seems… Read More The top 7 qualities of a perfect employee
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