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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 ...
Convocan a profesores ucabistas a participar en conversatorios en inglés

Convocan a profesores ucabistas a participar en conversatorios en inglés

La Universidad Católica Andrés Bello sigue impulsando el uso de otros idiomas en las actividades académicas y extracurriculares, con el fin de fortalecer las competencias de docentes y estudiantes en esta materia. Por ello, el Centro para el Desarrollo de Lenguas Extranjeras (CDLE) invitó a los profesores de pregrado y postgrado de la universidad a formar parte de la “Primera jornada de charlas en in ...
How to choose which language to learn

How to choose which language to learn

Near 7,000 different languages are spoken around the world. Among all those options, how can we choose a language to learn? Here we have some tips to help you decide: Foreign Family If you have non-Venezuelan bloodline, you should consider acquiring the language related to that foreign heritage. That would actually be one of the easiest ways to determine which language to learn. Consider that, even i ...