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On teaching: How to improve the language learning experience using the flipped learning model

Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. William Faulkner In the post-method era, the role of language teachers changed, as did the learners’, who do not receive their knowledge passively, but are instead expected to actively participate in learning. There are many pedagogical innovations that…
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New videos on bilingualism! (1)

We’d like to introduce a new series of video interviews and online interviews which will be devoted to the subject of bilingualism. We find the topic of bilingualism fascinating and we want to discuss some of the issues and benefits linked with being bilingual, as well as many other bilingualism-related topics. If you have any…
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Top 5 tourist places in Saint-Petersburg (part 1)

The Venice of the North, The Northern Palmyra. Leningrad, Petrograd… This city has so many names but it is indeed unique in its beauty and atmosphere. This city is Saint-Petersburg.  What is unique about Saint-Petersburg? Saint-Petersburg is living history. It combines the atmosphere of the Tsar’s Russia and Soviet times. Famous writers and musicians made…
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Translation tips: How to improve your own translation

As well as language lessons, BLS offers a translation service.  We also encourage our students who are interested in translation as a career to have a go at it.  In this blog post, Suzannah, one of our translators, shares tips from her experience on how to translate texts effectively.  Suzannah translates into English from French,…
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Travelling corner: Brussels with kids

Brussels offers many interesting ideas for kids to have fun. We didn’t spend much time in Brussels, as we travelled to other Belgian cities, but here is a taste of what you can do in Brussels when travelling with kids. There are many places where children will have great time: a large aqua park called…
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It’s the way you say it… How to improve your pronunciation in a foreign language

Getting pronunciation right in the language you are learning helps you feel at home in that language.  It also helps you be understood by speakers of the language.  Below are a few tips on how to improve your pronunciation in a foreign language. First things first Learning a bit about phonetics will help you pronounce…
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HAPPY EASTER!

Dear Readers, We would like to wish you all a lovely Easter break. Whether you’re going travelling, visiting family or simply stuffing your face with chocolate (we approve of your choice), we hope you have a great time! Please don’t forget that our spring language courses start soon and it’s not too late to join…
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Travelling corner: Weekend in South Devon

We booked this weekend completely and entirely spontaneously! We decided to go to South Devon which is only 2 hours away from Bristol, UK. We stayed in the small village of Malborough, just minutes away from Salcombe. In terms of walking, I recommend a coastal walk from the centre of Salcombe towards the beaches: North…
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Travelling Corner: Tavira – Charming Little Town in Portugal

This charming little town is located in the South of Portugal. It doesn’t have its own beach, but you can easily go by boat to the nearby island Ilha de Tavira. I’ve visited the town on many occasions and below you’ll find my favourites of this place. Cafes Bica, galao, meia de leite… the Portuguese…
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Learning a Language: Learn Russian with BLS online & FREE!

As you remember, we introduced a new series of blog posts (see Spanish, French & German) where we teach you some useful phrases in different languages. Sounds amazing? And it’s RUSSIAN today! Are you planning your ski holiday in Sochi? Do you travel frequently to St Petersburg? Do you dream of exploring Russian-speaking Ukraine or…
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