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How to revive a lost language

August 10, 2017

I was 17 when I spent a year as an exchange student in Southern Germany. I had studied German at school for a long time, and after my exchange year I spoke the language fluently. I didn’t need to search for words or recall grammar rules. I could say anything I wanted without even thinking about it. I used to gossip with my friends for hours on the phone. We talked about our crushes and weekend plans as any teenage…

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New treats for Italy lovers

August 7, 2017
Italian treats

Attention all friends of Italy! Our Italian material has been renewed. We have updated all existing study material, added three new courses to the Comprehensive Italian package and published a complimentary Italian grammar page. WHAT’S NEW IN THE COMPREHENSIVE ITALIAN PACKAGE? The course Health and wellbeing includes useful vocabulary and expressions that you may need when visiting the doctor, when expecting a baby, for the treatment of illnesses and for maintaining your health. With the help of the other new course, Working life, you will learn the…

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Interview with a teacher: ”Using WordDive is motivating for the students”

August 1, 2017

Sanni Hakkarainen, teacher of English and French from the Classical High School of Tampere, participated in a WordDive pilot project where she could use WordDive to support her teaching this spring. She used WordDive as a part of the teaching materials for the second, third and seventh English courses as well as for remedial classes. – Using WordDive didn’t affect the grade, so utilization of the app varied a lot. Some of the students got really excited while others used…

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How to get over your anxiety when speaking a foreign language

July 27, 2017

Do you know the feeling when you try to come up with a reasonable sentence and pronounce it as eloquently as possible, and at the same time your brain is buzzing with grammar rules and your heart is pounding as if you were running a marathon? For me this is a familiar feeling, especially in situations where I try to speak a language for the first time outside of the classroom. Especially if the person I am talking to is…

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Language learning advice from a top judoka

July 21, 2017

“Talent alone is not enough”, says 24-year-old top level judoka, language enthusiast and full-time student of economic sciences, Samuli Viitanen. “The key to success is hard work and doing the right things”, he continues. This is the formula he applies to professional sports, his studies as well as his language learning. “I really appreciate language skills. Language learning never goes to waste. People learn languages in order to cope while traveling but in reality, language skills are about so much…

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What linguistics can teach us about language learning

July 14, 2017

It is possible to learn to speak foreign languages very well without a degree in linguistics, but there are a few things that linguists and language teachers can teach us. We asked Jaana, a language student towards the end of her studies, what she has learned from her degree in linguistics and pedagogy. – Language students at the university take courses in language structure, phonetics (the study of sounds), semantics (the study of meaning) and pragmatics (how context contributes to…

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