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Learning new languages is not only fun, but useful too. However, learning new languages can be difficult sometimes, especially if you're always on the move, or if you don't have the time to take language classes. Also, not to mention the fact that classes like these can cost quite a lot. Fortunately, there are many free and/or low cost apps, that could help you achieve your goals. Your phone is always with you, so why shouldn't you learn a new language while you're traveling to work?

 

Here's a list of some apps that could help you expand your knowledge and skills.

 

1. Duolingo

 

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Duolingo is a free app which you can use to translate written content into your language (blogs, news, articles, etc.). At the same time, you're helping the translation of the web. Other users can rate your translation, so you'll always be able to know if you got it all right.

 

Duolingo currently supports French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.

 

2. Busuu

 

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Busuu is an app that'll help you learn the language with the help of interactive courses and lessons. Busuu lessons vary from beginners to advanced. It's community is quite great, and you'll have support if you're having some difficulties. Busuu has 150 different daily topics, as well as the video learning material. However, Busuu gives you only 20 free lessons, and you'll have to pay for the rest if you're satisfied with it. But, there are also many many different things you can do for free.

 

Busuu currently supports French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, and Polish.

 

3. Anki

 

Anki is a language learning app that many language learners recommend. Anki is flashcard based, so you can put any language you want. With Anki you put the words or phrases in the app, and then you go through those cards. When a certain card pops up, you can pick you knowledge level for that certain word or phrase (hard, easy, etc.). It's quite simple actually, just like learning in the good old days. After you remember a word or phrase, the card gets sorted back into the deck. The better you know a word or a phrase, the longer the time until you see it again.

 

4. Memrise

 

Memrise is not just a language learning app, but it can also be used for learning geography or history. This app will help you create "mems". Mems are basically meme like pictures that will help you learn a word in an easier way. Some people think that funny mems are the best, because learning is so much easier if it's fun. However, don't get scared just yet. You don't have to make your own mems if you don't want to, because you're able to use other peoples' mems.

 

Memrise currently supports English, German, Italian, French, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, and Japanese.

 

5. LingQ

 

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LingQ is an app where you read and listen to texts. Whenever you come across an unknown word, you just have to click on it, and the app tells you what it is. You're able to set your grades from 1 to 5, meaning how well you know the word. After that, whenever you come across a word in another text, the word will be highlighter, which means that you have already seen that word before, and that you should probably know it. If you set the word option to "known", then the word won't be highlighted.

 

Your vocabulary gets bigger with more and more texts you read and listen. However, this app is not totally free. You'll have to pay a monthly fee if you want to use this app's advanced features, such as listening to the text.

 

LingQ currently supports German, English, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese. There also many beta languages.

If you have your own idea for language learning app, be sure to have at least 18 weeks at your disposal and a good app building crew.

I read it somewhere that when people compare artists and their way of creating a work of art they most often use the analogy with the two composers, Mozart and Beethoven and create the two categories. The first are like Mozart, a wunderkind, that was able to write music anywhere, from a ballroom to the back of a carriage and when he wrote it down he had no need to make many changes. We, who lack this inherent ability, are more often than not faced with an empty page that stares at us like an abyss that needs to be filled somehow. We scribble, cross out, rewrite for hours or days until we get it right, as Beethoven did (if we are to believe the gossips), and wait for that one moment of inspiration and creativity that will make the difference. Here are a couple of ways how to turn the fickle muses to your favor.

 

Make sure you are comfortable

 

A silly advice really, but we have to start from something and this seems a good place as any. Most people forget how important the right back support is, especially if prolonged sitting is involved. With an ergonomic chair or a height adjustable desk you will have to worry less about the back pain and more about the job at hand. If you prefer a combination of sitting and standing while you work get yourself a height adjustable table. It gives you a chance to quickly switch from one position to another and gives the possibility for two people to work simultaneously. Also always make sure that you have all the necessary literature and files visible and close to hand. I recommend a shelf either above or right next to the desk. You can find cheap models that you can assemble yourself.

 

An example of a height adjustable desk from Rockdale Office Furnishers:

 

 

Clean out your workspace

 

I am easily distracted, especially when tasked to write something I find boring or I know very little about. In such cases everything and anything on the desk might turn into an opportunity to waste time. I start sharpening pencils although I won’t be using all of them (I usually write everything on a computer), playing with notebooks and suddenly developing a strange attraction to origami. Therefore I keep my room well decorated but my desk only holds the essentials.

 

Lights and decorations

 

A good and even light is important if you are planning to write for a long time. Make sure you position your desk in a way that the natural light coming from the windows doesn’t interfere with the visibility of the screen. Also make sure that you have a desk lamp in addition to your ceiling or standing lights (in case you need a brighter view). Also decorate the walls near your work space with things that give you a kind of motivation. I used to keep a painting based on one of Tolkien‘s books on the wall next to my desk.

 

Strange traditions you get used to

 

Many modern writers (Auster and Barnes) claim that they prefer writing on a typewriter, although the technology is long surpassed. I am not sure whether it is superstition, tradition, habit or they just like the sound of it, but it seems to be working. Although I often preach the quality of modern chairs, I have to be honest and say that I still have the same chair (sturdy old thing) from when I was in school. Call it a sentiment of sorts, but I can’t seem to write anything or show much creativity while sitting somewhere else and I need hours to get things adjusted.

 

Task switching

 

Maintaining concentration and focus throughout a prolonged period of time is a very difficult and tiresome feat. A good way to balance this out is to make a pause from your current task and try doing some task completely different. Counter writing with design or drawing, for example. In this way you will manage to get both tasks done in less time and with less effort. Make sure your “writing space” can be used for different tasks, though and that you have all the equipment nearby.

Going to university means you are making yourself prepared for a future career as an adult and for life in a greater perspective. The higher education you pursue and will complete will be your equipment for the next stage of your life. This qualification won't be handed to you on a silver platter, you will have to work for it. Being a university student is not about being spoon fed with what you need to know. You must do your job as a student and that is studying. But amidst your acquisition of the knowledge and skills, you must also develop the attributes and attitudes necessary for higher studies now and career and life in the future.

Perseverance

University life is never easy. Even though you are still not out there in the world, you will start feeling the problems of the world. You will experience financial difficulties and emotional struggles. There are distractions in your personal and social life. There are things which other students will pull off which you won't be able to do. Others, even though they cannot afford to spend time and money on certain social activities like hanging out, still do so and do not take care of their study time. Do not turn your back on the problems. Shrugging off the problems will not solve any of them. It will not help you any bit. You have to be contented with what you have and make do and most out of it. Your professors at the university will not teach you this; you will have to learn it by yourself. Perseverance is necessary in your occupation as a university student and in your future career.

Competitiveness

Studying at university cannot be taken for granted. It cannot be taken lightly. You have to be diligent with your work as a student. Moreover, developing a competitive attitude is necessary. Higher education is not called such for nothing. The level of competence is higher. The knowledge and skills you will need to acquire is in the higher level and they require the corresponding higher level of competitiveness. You must be competitive enough so that you can acquire the knowledge and professional skills proficiency in your field of discipline which you will need in your future career. You cannot expect your professors or tutors to give much effort in mentoring you to become competitive. You have to teach yourself how.

Time Management

As a student in the higher education, you will have your hands full of tasks in academics, other campus activities, your personal and social life. No one else will help you manage these but yourself. Time management is the key in accomplishing your tasks and succeeding in your student life and your life as a young person as a whole. Your tutors or professors will be of help to you regarding time management but not so much on supervising you. You can only use their help in the form of deadlines which will help you set targets. This means that you are the one who will manage yourself and your time to hit your study and project targets. When you have your own career in the future, you will have supervisors, managers and employers above you who will manage you. But still, it is up to you to manage yourself to get your job done and advance in your career. You must develop this skill at the university.

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In the times long past, when jobs involving practical skills and crafts were the only ones feeding families and receiving appreciation from the community, in order for one to become a member of a profession, he/she needed to go through a special training period, called apprenticeship. During this “course” of sorts, the knowledge-hungry individual was given the opportunity to learn all there is about the future calling of his/hers, simply by spending time with his employer-to-be, following his/her every step and learning all there is about the whole process.




Today, in many countries of the world, craftsmanship has become less valuable to societies than science and general knowledge. In fact, often, academic circles look down upon those who make their living with the help of their strength and practical skills. Fortunately, with the expansion of the Internet and all of its informational power, things are gradually changing.

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Basically, in many parts of the world, the problem with getting adequate education stems from the fact that countless families cannot afford sending their children to school, let alone college or any forms of secondary and tertiary education. So, countless individuals reach the stage when they are supposed to find work, realizing that they lack proper experience, knowledge and education. Lucky for them and future generations to come, some countries of the world, like the US, Australia and a great number of European ones made online vocational courses and tests in order to help people get qualified for different walks of life.




Online vocational courses are capable of determining one's business career through a set of questions that the student answers, assisting them in their quest for a calling. Furthermore, without leaving the house, people of today can learn how to use the computer and many of its most acclaimed software packages, getting the qualifications they need for many job positions. Most commonly, online courses offer MS Office trainings and multiple language courses. However, there are those which focus on crafts as well.




One of the latest additions to the sphere of online education is SAVE training and its Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Online. Basically, the abbreviation stands for Sustainable Australian Vocational Education, and the training allows the workers from this country to get the qualifications they need, without leaving the computer. This course enables studying at your own tempo, matching your busy pace of life.



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English: Hands collaborating in co-writing or co-editing or co-teaching in online education. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are real, qualified people behind the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Online, and these people offer support 24/7. This piece of information is bound to be useful for many learners who can only dedicate time to learning during the weekends or nights. The entire course takes place online and, once a person reaches the required stage of education and shows his/her practical knowledge, this educational fascility, being fully supported by the government, issues a certificate which shows that the person has reached a certain level of professional qualification.




All in all, the world is changing and information is now closer to us than ever. It would be a shame not to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and get online education as soon as possible.

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The impact of cloud technology development is getting more and more obvious, even in the areas that aren't considered directly dependent on the IT industry. A good deal of our everyday activities moves to the online space and this trend keeps transforming our everyday habits and professional profiles. The areas that proliferated the most in the previous decade are e-commerce and online business, but there are plenty of other industries that are being significantly transformed by the cloud. Global migrations to the cloud computing platform have enabled a faster growth in many industries including education, healthcare and entertainment.

Education

New technology developments influence education industry in many ways. For one, there is a significant change in professional profiles that are becoming popular in a global job market. IT professionals are seen as the workforce of the future and are getting more and more professional and academic opportunities. The availability of different cloud services has contributed to the expansion of online learning, as it allowed educational institutions to organize online courses, conferences or webinars, where it is easy to share educational materials and communicate with other participants.
Besides this, cloud computing technology has enabled the educational institutions worldwide to connect and collaborate. Also, a growing number of digital libraries made the most important scientific works available to a larger number of students and academics. Thus, they have more opportunities to expand their knowledge and do research using the cloud resources.

Healthcare

Healthcare industry has gone through some major transformations in most parts of the world. The implementation of cloud services into the functioning of clinics and hospitals has simplified the administrative problems and improved their overall efficiency. The administrative staff is able to work in simple software programs that can store and process large amounts of files, such as patients’ records. In addition, the process of cloud migration is affordable and it doesn't require large investments.
Despite the privacy and security issues that have been a major impediment for adopting the cloud solutions, it seems that the healthcare industry has chosen to focus on creating a more efficient working environment. Many healthcare institutions have already gone through the process of cloud integration. Still, it is expected that the cloud in healthcare is further to grow in the following years, according to Markets and Markets report.

Entertainment

With the appearance of the streaming services such as YouTube and NetFlix, the entertainment industry has got a whole new look. Music and movies are available on different kinds of services which allows the worldwide audience to watch and download them for free. Despite the possible issues with copyright infringement, these services keep being popular among the users, which raises the question of the future of traditional entertainment industry. The movie industry is concerned about all the potential loss that the new entertainment habits can bring to the notable movie industry centers. Traditional cinemas are less appealing to the audience, as the newest movies are available online and could be watched for free.

Apparently, the cloud has different effects on our habits and its growth has justifiably raised questions about the future trends. What happens to the entertainment and all the other industries remains yet to be seen.

Nothing can replace the motivating experience of working with a good language trainer, whether you are having individual or group training sessions. It’s the perfect place to ask all those silly questions and make as many mistakes as you like. But what takes place in the training room or during your telephone or Webex sessions, is not in itself enough to ensure you make the meteoric progress you had hoped. Taking charge of your own learning process outside the training room, on the other hand, almost certainly will. But where should you start?

Setting Aside Time To Practice

As a busy professional whose boss probably has greater expectations of your language proficiency than you do, it is very challenging to find time to set aside on a regular basis to review and extend your language knowledge. How do you decide what and how to study in the limited time you have? As a first port of call, always ask your trainer for help – they will be able to set targeted tasks to improve your skills. They can also help you to decide what sort of learner you are (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic…) and direct you to specific materials for self-study.

But never assume that learning a language is a passive process, you need to work actively on improving your skills by taking charge of your own learning. Make time to review what you have covered in your face-to-face sessions and in your self-study by re-reading information regularly. This is a critical part of the comprehension and memorisation process which makes any language learning successful. It stimulates your memory and helps you to retain new vocabulary. Research being carried out at the Center for Advanced Studies in Language (CASL) in Maryland, USA, shows that improving your working memory will help you to absorb and activate language much more quickly and effectively. Making progress quickly is not only motivating, it also means you will be able to use the language more confidently in real life professional and every day situations.

Using Technology To Help You Learn

If you think you are too busy to sit down and study, there are plenty of ways to make your chosen language accessible on the move. Consider apps for your smart phone so you can practise as you travel, news channels that you can play in the car or films in the target language that help you to visualise the storyline, even if you can’t understand every spoken word. Even when you are tired, let the language wash over you so you attune your ear to its pronunciation. There is no such thing as too much exposure to the language.

The Internet presents a wealth of listening material for all languages. But what should you choose? Much of the material is authentic (the “real thing”, if you like, and not graded to beginner / pre-intermediate / intermediate, and so on) and as such may appear quite inaccessible if you are a beginner. Najiba, an Arabic trainer, recommends playing one minute of news every day in the target language even at beginner level so you familiarise yourself with its rhythms and sounds. She says “I begin every session like this. The learners think they don’t understand, but you play it again and they can hear key words, and soon they get the main message. I encourage them to try it at home.” It is a great way of getting used to the language as it is spoken, rather than the sanitised chunks you learn in the training room – the advantage here, of course, is that it is not then a shock to hear native speakers when you visit the country in question.

Ideally, of course, you should try to spend some time in the country (or one of the countries) where the target language is spoken. Experiencing real use of the language is a very motivating experience, especially when your attempts to communicate actually work and generate the response you were hoping for. Even if your attempts fail at first, you need to be brave and keep having a go – every mistake is part of the learning process. Making an effort to speak another language is a tremendous way to build relationships, personally and professionally, and almost always generates a positive reaction. And you never know, you might even impress your boss.

Kathy Girling is Senior Learning Manager at Communicaid, a culture and business communication skills consultancy based in the UK. For more information on learning a new language visit www.communicaid.com

In times of migration and globalization parents often come across the necessity for their children to learn a second language. Children of foreign workers, ambassadors and foreign affairs department employees have to adapt to different languages, cultures and surroundings while moving from one country to another.

Bilingual children in the modern world.

One of the main reasons to expose a child to a second language is their ability to pick up vocabulary and develop fluent speech extremely fast at young age. We recommend, however, enrolling into class not before the age of four when the child is already big enough to participate in classroom activities and interact with the teacher.
Another reason for learning a second language, besides the strict necessity, is the fact that it may develop a better understanding and deeper knowledge of one’s mother tongue. Also, memorizing words and songs in a different language improves memory and cognitive capacity. Taking classes from native speaking teachers enables the child to develop pronunciation skills close to those that speak the language in a native way.

How language classes for children should be structured.

Language teachers should be native speakers, qualified teachers mostly with at least elementary school teaching experience. Language classes for children are led in spacious, friendly rooms allowing the children to enjoy the combination of learning through games and songs. At first, the focus comes on verbal communication since the idea is to build confidence by making the child speak and understand the language fluently without struggling with grammar rules at this stage. The main key to success is meeting each child’s needs and developing a personal approach to each student. This is why teachers and course planners follow age guidelines carefully, making sure the gap between the children in the same group is not more than one or two years. Being in a close age group children have a better cooperation, learn faster and have more fun during class.
The classes should be dynamic and energizing and based on “play and learn” approach. Every encounter is full of activities such as dancing, singing, coloring and role playing – all is done in the target language. This is a great opportunity to socialize, make new friends and express oneself in fun and healthy atmosphere.
Raising bilingual children requires tolerance, persistence and creativity. Children patterns of learning are different from those of adults. This is why our programs are developed especially to encourage the interest of our young students; however parents are welcome to watch the classes as well.

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When trying to learn a new skill it’s important to do everything you can to give yourself the best chance of success – learning a new language is no different. Whether your foreign language training is learning Cantonese or trying to learn business English

By preparing yourself and setting a clear list of goals you’re essentially giving yourself a road map for success in learning your foreign language. Follow some of the tips below and get motoring towards fluency in your foreign language!

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What do you want?

The first step in creating a roadmap is to choose your destination. Whether it’s fluency in your chosen language, or whether you just want to be able to order a meal on holiday – that is your final destination. Once you’ve set your final destination, place plenty of smaller goals along the way so that you’ve always got something to work towards. Having clear goals is a great first step towards achieving those goals.

Make sure you’ve set yourself a quantifiable goal – “Get better at Italian” is an admirable goal, but “be able to order a meal in Italian” is easier to measure and ensures you’re learning about the things that really matter to you – which brings us to the next point.

Work Out What Really Matters

Your roadmap is personal to you, so why not prioritise the things that are more important? It’s important to motivate yourself to follow your roadmap, and the best way to do that is to work out your “Why”. Why do you want to learn a foreign language? Take the list of goals from the last point, and work out why each of these is important to you.

Working out why you want to reach these goals should help you feel passionate about reaching them, and when you feel passionate you’ll be a lot more keen to achieve them, helping you avoid procrastination and stay focussed.

Be Confident

Take a look at your goals. Do they look unreachable? Scary? Don’t worry about it. The most important part to holding your roadmap together is confidence. No matter what happens on the way, no matter what mistakes you might make and no matter how scary your goals might look.

To bring it down to the most basic level: Your main enemy here is fear. Your main ally is confidence. No matter what happens you need to make sure that you remain confident. You’re working towards bettering yourself – why shouldn’t you be confident about it? Learn from your mistakes, but then shrug them off.

Focus

Learning a language is tough. You’re going to need to put in plenty of work to reach your goals, but luckily you should be brimming with confidence after the last step – now it’s just a case of putting in the time to learn the language. Make sure you set aside some time every day to get closer to your goals, whether it’s five minutes or five hours.

During your work time, minimise distractions. This means closing your email, your facebook and even switching your smartphone to silent. As you study you should focus on meeting your goal, and soon the language should start making sense in your head and you should start to see real progress.

What else?

There are a few smaller details you should take care of while preparing your road map to success – remember to reward yourself for meeting your targets so you stay motivated – If you’re goal is to revise for 2 hours a day before a test, celebrate on the day after the test with a shorter session!

Your goals can be as conservative or as brave as you want, but don’t be afraid to push yourself!

About Guest Blogger: Amie is a foreign language trainer specialising in Business Language Courses.  She works for a wide range of clients across Europe, to find out more click here

Endangered languages are ones that risk their no longer being used, and this could be because of speakers turning to other languages or dying. When a language finds no more speakers (native or otherwise) it is regarded as an extinct language. Although languages have been lost over a period of time through the course of history, present day opinion points towards globalization increasing the rate at which languages continue to disappear.

Languages in Today’s World:

The present day scenario is one where languages which are spoken more commonly dominate ones which aren’t spoken as commonly, and what’s also been noticed is that languages which are looked upon as economically powerful tend to dominate all others. This leads to the belief that languages which do not find many speakers risk disappearing altogether in not too distant a future.

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The Stats

As per the ‘Ethnologue’, a print and web publication that holds stats for over 6,000 languages (6,909, to be exact), 473 of these languages are categorised as ‘nearly extinct’. This implies that only a handful of elders speaking the given language are still alive. Estimates say that if no remedial measures are taken then more than half of all languages spoken today will extinct before the turn of the century, and this number could be as high as 90% according to some estimates.

Why are Endangered Languages a Concern?

The extinction of languages, both written and spoken, will not only lead to a loss of cultural wealth, but also of imbedded ancestral knowledge which is particularly true when it comes to languages of the indigenous people. There are different reasons why the loss of languages should be a concern, and these include:

- Loss of Knowledge: There are a number of instances where small speech communities are privy to specific knowledge and when the next generation does not learn the given language, there is a stop in the flow of this knowledge. Examples in case include knowledge about specific plants, animals, medical cures, etc.

In addition, languages should be looked upon as great sources of history, literature, and philosophy, and when a language becomes extinct, we are bound to lose out on a plethora of information.

- Human Rights: The loss of a language is not voluntary in most instances, and involves some form of human intervention in the form of repression of the weaker section. In such a scenario, the human rights aspect should not be ignored.

Some Endangered Languages

There is no definitive list of endangered languages, and the 473 mentioned in the latest edition of the Ethnologue is the best number to go with. Given below are some endangered languages, and as one can see, they are found in different parts of the world.

Kukish language

 

Efforts to try and revive some endangered languages continue to be underway, and the list only continues to grow because new dialects and languages still continue to be discovered.  If we are to truly save all endangered languages from extinction, it will need more than a conscious effort, it will need cooperation from local bodies, the right use of resources, the ability to break cultural barriers, and so much more.

About Guest Author: Daniel is the owner of Hablaa.com, a multilingual online dictionary that also happens to be a great resource for translators. Readers can find out more and explore for example the new English – Afrikaans dictionary (http://hablaa.com/english-afrikaans/) at hablaa.com.

When trying to learn or speak a new language, your native accent might make it difficult for you. Here are some tips that can help you overcome your accent so that you’ll be able to better pronounce words and communicate with others.

Eliminate Preconceptions

One of the reasons many people have trouble overcoming their accent is actually that they have incorrect preconceptions of what another language should sound like. When learning new words, listen very actively and really hear exactly what the sounds are. Hearing words for how they really sound and not how you think they sound can make a very big difference in your ability to pronounce words in another language.

Speak Slowly

The most important way to overcome your accent is to speak slowly. Try speaking very slowly and concentrating on just one word at a time. Most people find that it’s much easier to eliminate their accent than they thought it was. Speaking slowly will help you pronounce words more correctly and clearly, and it will greatly increase your ability to communicate with other people. Even if a heavy accent still exists, talking slowly will help native speakers hear and understand exactly what you are saying. Talking too fast makes it too difficult for them to process your words.

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Say and Repeat

When learning a new word, say it out loud in its correct pronunciation, and repeat it many times. Repetition is the key to remembering and speaking the correct pronunciation, because it essentially helps you train your brain to say the word in the proper accent. With sufficient repetition and practice, it will become easier for you to automatically recall and use the proper pronunciation of the word without your native accent.

Practice the Accent

It’s so simple, yet so important. Oftentimes people with heavy accents are apprehensive about using another language, because they’re not confident about their abilities and are afraid of potential language barriers. You can’t overcome your accent, however, if you don’t practice. Whenever possible, use the language and converse with native speakers. Try to take advantage of opportunities to practice speaking rather than shy away from challenges.

Join a Group

If you can find a language study group in your area, join it. Practicing with others, having mock conversations, and helping each other will increase your confidence and help you overcome your accent. If possible, join a class with an experienced teacher who can help coach you. Learning in a school-like atmosphere is a great way to practice correct pronunciation and acquire other skills that will help improve your ability to communicate with native speakers despite your accent.

Study the Language

Languages differ wildly in the way they pronounce letters and in the cadence of their speech. Try to study the language, and begin by learning how vowels are pronounced, which is a particular challenge when learning English. Also try to pay attention to the rhythm of speech and the intonation of words. Altering the way your voice rises and falls when speaking another language may help you overcome your accent.

About Guest Author: Stella Brown works as a migrant education advisor tutoring Spanish speaking students to help them overcome language barriers. This article was prepared with the help and partnership of Glovico.

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