Give the gift of Michel Thomas!

Christmas is nearly upon us and the New Year is just around the corner. Do you need a lastminute gift for someone and can’t think of what to get? How about giving the gift of Michel Thomas! Michel Thomas language courses are available in over 10 languages including French, Spanish, German, Italian as well as Portuguese, Russian and Arabic.

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Foreign languages to become compulsory at KS2 in 2014

2014 is just around the corner and lots of us are coming up with New Year’s resolutions. With compulsory foreign languages being introduced into the primary level curriculum imminent, why not give your child a head start in the classroom with a language course designed specifically for kids?

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Learn over 100 languages with Eurotalk!

Now you can learn over 100 languages with Eurotalk! We’re excited to have finished adding all of the Eurotalk language courses in our shop and just in time for Christmas too. Eurotalk is one of the world’s leaders in language learning software and their language courses would make an ideal gift for someone. With over 100 languages to choose from, there’s a language for everyone!

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We woz only talking slang, Sir, innit

A South London school recently pledged to ban the use of slang terms in order to improve linguistic standards amongst students. The Harris Academy in Upper Norwood, London is to ban students from using popular slang terms and phrases such as ‘ain’t’, ‘bare’ and ‘innit’, along with preventing the use of ‘basically’ to start a sentence.

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British pupils encouraged to learn Mandarin Chinese

UK Prime Minister, David Cameron has announced that British schoolchildren should abandon French, German and Spanish in favour of Mandarin Chinese. With 14.1% of the world speaking Mandarin, it is the world’s most popular language, and has made the British Council’s top five most important languages for Britain’s future economic prosperity.

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Could funny cats help you learn Spanish?

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Photo taken by Andrea Lainé

You can barely visit YouTube these days without stumbling upon a funny cat video, and their immense popularity has been recognised time and time again in the global media. Now, one company has found that these cute critters might have a purpose other than making us laugh which could even help us improve our language skills.

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How China’s biggest online dating website was created

Photo by Andrea Lainé

Photo by Andrea Lainé

China’s biggest online dating website Jiayuan, was created in 2003 by Rose Gong after she had a bad experience using online dating sites at the time. Her disappointing personal experience inspired her to create a serious matchmaking website with a strong identity. But, she also had the challenge of changing the perception of online dating in China as a whole.

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The new 24-hour working culture changing Norway

A growing number of entrepreneurs are changing the face of working culture in Norway. Designers, jewellery makers, IT specialists amongst others have been using Oslo’s first hub for specialist entrepreneurs. Called ‘Mesh’, people mingle in a communal kitchen, play table tennis and drink complimentary coffee whilst working on their own businesses and networking. ‘Our goal is to make innovators feel at home’ says one of the co-founders of this new enterprising idea.

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Languages and Business Forum – Berlin, Germany

Are you an international company, language school or trade association interested in connecting with the largest global conference on technology-supported learning and training for the corporate, education and public service sectors? You might be interested to learn that the first forum on business communication will be taking place on the 4th December 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

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Bonnes raisons d’apprendre le français – Think French

think-french-november-2013-coverWe’re not sure about the snails either (on the cover) but in November’s issue of the Think French online audio magazine you can find out why French gourmet snails are threatened with extinction. This article is featured alongside other intriguing articles covering haunted French castles, traditional French recipes (using snails!) and other features on French culture in this month’s issue. It is a really authentic way for intermediate and advanced learners to learn French vocabulary or improve on French language skills . You can also listen to each article by downloading the audio clips onto your computer, iPhone or other device.

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