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How to Become a Global Citizen

How to Become a Global Citizen

Being part of the world is a task that all men and women from this era should accomplish. To think that one is part of the planet just because of our species isn’t quite enough, we’re too different amongst each other. Yet very similar. So, what does it take to become part of Earth, to be a global citizen? First of all, a global citizen is, according to Oxfam (a global movement dedicated to fighting i ...
Learning a second language only brings benefits

Learning a second language only brings benefits

Learning a second language is a challenge for many and a nightmare for others, but it is important to note that acquiring a new language is one of the few things in the world that only provides benefits, from exercising the mind and developing memory, to making new friends. According to a study carried out in the United Kingdom and published in BBC News in 2004, people who can speak foreign languages ...
Aprender un segundo idioma solo trae beneficios

Aprender un segundo idioma solo trae beneficios

Dominar una segunda lengua representa un desafío para muchos y una pesadilla para otros, pero es importante destacar que adquirir un nuevo idioma es una de las pocas cosas en el mundo que solo brinda beneficios, desde ejercitar la mente y desarrollar la memoria, hasta encontrar nuevos amigos. Según un estudio realizado en el Reino Unido y publicado en BBC News en 2004, las personas que pueden hablar ...
The Internet: a language student’s best friend

The Internet: a language student’s best friend

The online world is almost like the universe: infinite. The possibilities to find anything are endless. Therefore, studying with tools such as virtual lessons has become a major trend amongst young people because of its benefits. Which ones? You may ask and you may even wonder if you can afford them. Again, the answer is yes. Yes, you can learn new languages at home; or, if you are a wonderer, learni ...
Don’t be traumatized by your High School English

Don’t be traumatized by your High School English

Many students are confronted with the idea that the language lessons taken years ago define them today. However, the Centro para el Desarrollo de Lenguas Extranjeras (CDLE)  believes otherwise. English might have been around your life since kindergarten. Perhaps your experience during high school may have not been the best one. Yet, that should not stop you from being open to learn a language as ...
Deceiving words between languages

Deceiving words between languages

The cliché from that old commercial by Open English made fun of how some words sound similar between languages, but they don’t necessarily mean the same. Do you remember: Repollo, rechicken? Well, here we’re talking about false cognates. That is, words that seem to be similar in two languages but they don’t define the same thing. Words are a set of letters that have meaning when they’re interpreted b ...
The future of languages

The future of languages

The world changes day by day, nothing is ever static and neither are languages. They are constantly adapting new words, colloquialisms and foreign words. Besides, and according to a 2004 article from Science Magazine, “the world’s language system is undergoing rapid change because of demographic trends, new technology, and communication. These changes will affect both written and spoken communication ...
The walls you face while learning languages can be broken

The walls you face while learning languages can be broken

Learning languages can be tricky, not just by the fact that in most cases self-motivation is vital for pursuing and succeeding at it, but also because of all the “bad” things that can happen in the process.  Situations like not finding spaces for practicing, mental blocks and self-doubt are part of it; however, with the proper tools you can become the language master you’ve always wanted to be a ...
Accents are part of your story

Accents are part of your story

Accents are part of our life, they can tell who a person is and where they come from. According to the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) an accent is “They way you sound when you speak”; theoretically speaking people have two types of accents: The first one is “native” which comes from the way a group of people speak their mother tongue; this is determined by where they live and what social groups ...
Grammar vs. Communication

Grammar vs. Communication

Has it ever happened to you that someone is speaking in another language (that you know nothing about) but understand it anyway? Well, that’s because communication isn’t necessarily the literal translation of words. Communication is everything: from your voice tone, to your hand and face gestures, your posture or even clothing; whereas grammar is more strict; it comes from the Greek word grammatikē w ...