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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 ...
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 ...
Five frequently asked questions about language

Five frequently asked questions about language

Language lovers have surely wondered about the origin, statistics and other curious facts of language as a tool of human communication. Here is a compendium of answers to these questions. 1.- Where did language come from? According to Edward Vaida, historical linguist at Western Washington University, there are several sets of theories about the origins of language. The first set includes the Divine ...
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 ...
Five ways to practice a foreign language for free

Five ways to practice a foreign language for free

Technology has given us big tools for almost everything, and one of those things is practicing a foreign language for free. How? The response is actually quite simple: through internet and friends. Being able to access tons of free information is now a possibility and it´s there to be taken, in the best possible way. Here  is a list with different ways to get it: Use social media: Yes, get your ...