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Learning a language through immersion

November 17, 2017

When talking about the most efficient way to learn a new language, there is one word that always pops up: immersion. You may have seen this in studies, articles and discussions related to language learning and the best way of learning languages. But what does it actually mean? As a teaching method, immersion means that the instruction is given in a foreign language. Meanwhile, in the context of gaming, immersion means strong psychological connection to the game world, a kind…

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Small but important: Words you will need in conversation

November 10, 2017

The stand-up comedian Ismo Leikola thinks the most important word in Finnish is ”no niin”. Depending on your intonation, it can mean anything from ”exactly” to ”dinner is served” – you could almost hold a conversation saying nothing but ”no niin”. Well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration – but Ismo is right about one thing, and that’s the importance of small filler words in conversation and language learning. Have you ever paid attention to how many extra little…

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New French courses available

November 4, 2017

The Comprehensive French course package has now been expanded with three new courses: Media, Working Life, and Pronouns. The Media course covers the following topics: journalism, social media, and entertainment. The study items have been carefully chosen to reflect contemporary media, and the course will enable you to discuss – among other things – memes, tv-series, and the press in French. Another new vocabulary course, Working Life, will help you to learn useful words and expressions related to job hunting,…

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The best way to prep for Spanish finals

October 24, 2017

Linda Henriksson, 18, has just completed the first round of her final exams. In addition to English, she chose to do an exam in Spanish, a choice which set her apart from most of her peers. – When I was little, we used to go to Spain a lot. I remember it was always warm and sunny there. I also like to watch Spanish TV series, like Los Serrano, Aquí no hay quien viva and Velvet, Linda says. Linda prepared…

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5 reasons why language learning is more fun as an adult

October 11, 2017

1. It’s different when you’re learning something because you want to. Did you have to study a foreign language at school even though you weren’t interested? Don’t let that ruin the fun you can have as an adult speaking a foreign language fluently. Studying a language as an adult is completely different: you’re doing it because you want to, when it fits your own schedule, at your own pace. 2. You have a real reason to learn a new language.…

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The secret of efficient learning

October 6, 2017

Did you know that the key to fast and efficient learning is a good night’s sleep? Sleep studies have shown that the best way to remember the things you learned during the day is to sleep well after exercising. This is because the events of the day really do feature in your dreams. While you’re sleeping, your brain is working on the things that happened during the day, such as having practiced something. This activates and strengthens the new neural…

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