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Easy Ways to Improve Your Reading Skills in a Foreign Language

Reading is a key skill to develop when you are learning a new language.  Reading in another language makes us comfortable with the words and grammar used in that language.  Seeing words written down helps us remember them.  You can improve your reading and understanding skills – and your writing and speaking skills if you…
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Book review: A Parents’ and Teachers’ Guide to Bilingualism by Colin Baker

“Children are born to become bilinguals and multilinguals.” Colin Baker This is a bible for any parent, teacher or professional dealing with bilingualism. The book is organised in a question-answer style and also contains some recommendations on further reading. There is no straightforward answer to some of the questions posed; however, the author explains his…
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Learning a Language: Learn German with BLS online & FREE!

As you remember, we introduced a new series of blog posts (see Spanish & French) where we teach you some useful phrases in different languages. Sounds amazing? And it’s GERMAN today! Are you planning your ski holiday in Switzerland or Austria? Do you travel frequently to Berlin? Do you dream of exploring German-speaking Namibia in…
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Travelling Corner: Greetings from Costa Rica! (photo-post)

Greetings from Costa Rica! Costa Rica is a beautiful place on our planet Earth. Our school’s German tutor and manager, Victoria has visited this breathtaking land on many occasions and now she’s sharing her photos from her most recent trip on our blog. Enjoy the photos! Photos courtesy of Victoria Holderied-Milis Read More...

Travelling Corner: Paradise Island in Portugal

I’ve visited the island Ilha de Tavira in the south of Portugal many times and its beauty is breath-taking. It’s a tiny island; there are a few houses, a large campsite, no cars (except a couple of tractors) and a long beautiful beach. Beach The beach is amazing! You can go for long walks (there…
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Travelling Corner: 5 Ideas for Long-Distance Walks in Bristol (Part 2)

David Bathrust writes ‘[d]espite the increasingly sophisticated range of leisure pursuits and interests available to us, walking still enjoys huge popularity as a form of recreation’ and I myself cannot think of a better free time activity. Fortunately, Bristol has many beautiful parks and woods to explore and below are my favourite big green areas….
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Travelling Corner: Why not Sochi?

Where else in the world could you ski up in the mountains in the morning and swim in the beautiful Black Sea in the afternoon, all on the same day! It all happens here in the most southern corner of unbounded Russia: Sochi, or the southern capital as they call it; the place which contradicts…
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Book review: When in French. Love in a Second Language by Lauren Collins

What a treat for a linguist! I loved every single page for the author’s humour, curiosity, witty observations and passion for languages. It tells the story of an American who moves to London, then to Geneva and then to…? The book is also about communication between languages, countries and cultures. And there are a couple…
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Learning a Language: A Fast and Efficient Way to Learn and Remember More Vocabulary

There are quite a few techniques you can use to help you learn and remember vocabulary in a new language.  In a previous post, we explored how to remember words by associating them with an image in your mind.  In this post, we look at how to associate words with other words to help you…
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Travelling Corner: Why CAMPING is cool!

I’ve tried hotels, hostels & BnBs and I must admit camping is definitely my favourite. I find camping the best option for accommodation when travelling in summer (or to warmer countries). While recently camping, I thought about why I prefer camping over other types of accommodation. Below are my thoughts on why I find camping…
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