Foreign Language Films Struggle for UK Success

After Polish film “Ida” won the Oscars® Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2015, there has been debate over whether the audience for foreign language films is vastly decreasing in the UK. [Read more…]

Give A Budget Language Gift

Living Language French CalendarWant some new gift ideas?  We all know how money-conscious we have to be nowadays. With this in mind, we have hand-picked our top language gifts on a budget.  Give your friends, families and colleagues a very different gift this year – give them a language gift and let them get their language advantage! Happy holidays! [Read more…]

Foreign language proficiency pays – official!

Did you know that the US Airforce is offering its foreign language proficiency bonus to all its airmen, not just those in jobs that require them to speak a foreign language?

The monthly amount they receive depends on the language and proficiency level. The most popular languages [Read more…]

The Oscars 2010

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards ® were held on Sunday 7th March 2010. The winner of the Oscars ® in the foreign language film category was The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) from Argentina.  Other nominees are: [Read more…]

The Oscars 2009

The 81st Annual Academy Awards ® were held on Sunday 22nd February 2009 in Hollywood.   The Oscars ® reached film fans in over 100 countries. The lower-budget, but highly-acclaimed film Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle, won many Oscars ®, including for the Best Picture.   It is in the English, Urdu and Hindi languages. [Read more…]

The BAFTA Awards 2009

The BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) are major awards in Great Britain given to those within the film and television industry.   On a very cold London night on Sunday 8 February 2009, the highly-acclaimed film Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle won Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapated Screenplay, Best Music, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Sound. [Read more…]

Languages & Business Conference 2009

8th Conference on Languages and International Business Communication
15 – 17 June 2009 | Duesseldorf, Germany

Languages & Business 2009 takes a professional look at the subject of language training for business. The annual event offers a forum for the exchange of experiences and the chance to get up-to-date with best practice. [Read more…]

Language Gifts

Give a very different gift for any occasion… give the gift of language!

Here are our top ideas for giving a language gift. Give the language advantage!


01 Give a language calendar

How better to start off the New Year with a 2012 calendar in Spanish, French, German or Italian? You’ll be able to practice a little bit of your language every day and you’ll also know all about international holidays and events that have occured on a particular day too. Get organised and get the language advantage!
for more information and to buy a language calendar, browse our Language Advantage Gift shop on amazon.co.uk>>
for more information and to buy a language calendar, browse our Language Advantage Gift Store on amazon.com>>

02 Give an audiomagazine subscription

think french audio magazinesHow about this for a very different kind of gift! Give them an audio magazine from the Think Language range. We recommend the Think Spanish, Think French and Think Italian audio magazines, which are proving to be a very popular way to learn Spanish, French and Italian online.They are designed to improve your Spanish, French or Italian the fun way, whilst also teaching you about the life and culture.

There are between eight and ten articles every month, covering topics from people, fiestas, ecotourism and recipes.  It is an authentic approach for learning French, Spanish or Italian online, for intermediate and advanced learners.  You can even download the audio onto your iPhone or mp3 player and listen while you’re away, following a print out of the audio in magazine style, along with explanations of vocabulary.

Browse the Think Spanish, Think French and Think Italian audio magazines>>

03 Give some magnetic poetry

spanish-magnetic-poetryFor the creative wordsmiths among you, why not get your friends and family some magnetic poetry in French, Spanish and Italian? They might drive you crazy by sticking words all over your kitchen – or you may be surprised at how romantic the ‘feed the dog’ messages can seem when left in French! Fun and you’ll absorb new words while opening the fridge and clearing the dishwasher.
for more information and to buy magnetic poetry, browse our Language Advantage Gift Shop on amazon.co.uk>>
for more information and to buy magnetic poetry, browse our Language Advantage Gift Store on amazon.com>>

04 Give a language gadget

Give the latest in language technology, the speech-to-speech translator, to the person that has everything, but is always travelling across the world! They’ll never be stuck for words – and will always have something to start off a conversation. This is really cool! There are many more language gadgets including dictionaries for your PDA.
for more information and to buy a language gadget, browse Ectaco in the UK and USA>>

05 Give a language toy or game

orchard-toys-trouvons-imageBilingual dolls, board games in other languages, sticker books, story books, dvds, videos, CD-ROMs and more! You may even enjoy Scrabble or Monopoly in Spanish! Give your children a language gift and they’ll be having so much fun, they won’t realise they’re learning a language … and you’ll be giving them one of the most fantastic gifts a parent can give a child!
for more information and to buy a language toy or game, browse our Language Advantage Gift shop on amazon.co.uk>>
for more information and to buy a language toy or game, browse our Language Advantage Gift store on amazon.com>>

06 Give a foreign language movie

Give a foreign language film on DVD to learn a bit of the lingo in real use! Follow along with subtitles or just see how much you can pick up by just watching the film. You’ll learn a lot about the culture too. A perfect present to help pass a cold winter’s night!
for more information and to buy a foreign language film, browse our Language Advantage Gift shop on amazon.co.uk>>
for more information and to buy a foreign language movie, browse our Language Advantage Gift store on amazon.com>>

07 Give a CD in another language

manu-chao-world-music-cdTake a look at our selection of world music – there is music there from many languages and many cultures. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you will be singing along. A great present for the music lover in your family and it is sure to get a party going over this holiday season!
for more information and to buy world music, browse our Language Advantage Gift shop on amazon.co.uk>>
for more information and to buy world music, browse our Language Advantage Gift store on amazon.com>>

08 Give a language course

michel-thomas-mandarin-chinese-foundationThere are lots of language courses to choose from, but the most popular are the audio-only courses. Try out Michel Thomas and Pimsleur – these courses are so addictive, you may not see your friend or relative for a good few hours – they’ll be driving around in the car or they’ll be tied to the stereo. For intermediate or advanced learners, a language audiomagazine is a language gift to last a year! You’ll be giving a CD with an accompanying vocabulary and study guide – and the opportunity to keep up with the latest news and views straight from the country.
for more information and to buy a language course, browse our Language Advantage shop on amazon.co.uk>>
for more information and to buy a language course, browse our Language Advantage store on amazon.com>>

09 Give a language book

If your friend or relative is really passionate about languages, then there are some superb books and dictionaries for them. Some are amazing reference books such as the encyclopedia of languages or whet the appetite of your friends and family for New Year travel with a travel novel. They are all books that someone who is language-mad would be proud to own! And they’ll be so absorbed by their new book, that they’ll leave plenty of food and drink for you!
for more information and to buy a language book, browse our Language Advantage Gift shop on amazon.co.uk>>
for more information and to buy a language book, browse our Language Advantage Gift store on amazon.com>>

10 Give a culture book

A culture book is an ideal gift for anyone in your family that is an avid traveller, whether for pleasure or for business. From a light-hearted look at the different customs and foibles of different nationalities, to a serious look at the academic theory behind cultural management – they’ll be something here to engage the traveller in your midst.
for more information and to buy a culture book, browse our Language Advantage Culture shop on amazon.co.uk>>
for more information and to buy a culture book, browse our Language Advantage Culture store on amazon.com>>

11 Give a Spanish-language holiday

If you’re really flash with cash, then you may want to treat your loved one to a language holiday. How would they like Spanish and Dancing or Spanish and Scuba Diving? You can combine your Spanish-language holiday with many activities. Why not give it a whirl!
browse language courses in Spanish-speaking countries>>

Browse more language gifts from our Language Advantage Gift shop UK and Language Advantage Gift store USA


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World Cinema

Watching a foreign language movie is a great way to learn a new language, improve existing language skills and to find out about a foreign country and its culture. Buy a DVD in a foreign language and you can choose both the language you watch in and the language of the subtitles. You’ll be amazed at how much you can already understand. Film is a great language learning resource and makes a great gift too. Motivate yourself with a movie!


Our top 10 foreign language films

01 Downfall German
02 House of the Flying Dagger Chinese
03 Motorcycle Diaries Spanish
04 Amelie French
05 Il Postino Italian
06 Life is Beautiful Italian
07 Y Tu Mama Tambien Spanish
08 Delicatessen French
09 Spirited Away Japanese
10 Manon des Sources French


Foreign language movies by language

We have selected the most popular foreign language movies for you:

Chinese language movies
English language movies
French language movies
German language movies
Hindi language movies
Italian language movies
Japanese language movies
Spanish language movies
Other foreign language movies


Foreign language film reviews

This is where we tell you what we really think about foreign language films on language advantage! We’ve picked out a selection of our favourite foreign language movies and written a short review of each. They are all very different, but excellent viewing – and of course will motivate you to get the language advantage.

Chinese language film reviews
French language film reviews
German language film reviews
Hindi language film reviews
Italian language film reviews
Japanese language film reviews
Spanish language film reviews
Film reviews in other languages


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