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LinguLearning: a state-of-the-art method, developed over the last 12 months by education professionals, to revolutionise language learning.

I know, that sounds cool, right? Well, it is!

Are you fed up of having to become Mr./Mrs. Flexible to adapt to the courses or lessons that you’ve tried in the past? Sometimes, we don’t feel like coming to class, sometimes we get bored doing the same thing over and over again, sometime we want to progress a little faster

LinguLearning is the only online method that adapts to you! LinguLearning is designed to adapt the course content to your exact level. If you find you have a good base knowledge of vocabulary, but need to brush up on your grammar, LinguLearning automatically tailors the course helping you gain a deeper knowledge of the areas which need more work.

So, what if you don’t have a fixed schedule? That doesn’t matter! LinguLearning is available 24/7, even if you have just 10 minutes free per day. We guarantee that you’ll learn something new.

Each level is defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). What does that mean? Allow me to explain…

A1:
Beginner

  • Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases.
  • Introduce yourself and others, and ask and answer questions about personal details.
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2:
Elementary

  • Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance.
  • Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Describe in simple terms aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

B1:
Intermediate

  • Describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
  • Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.

B2:
Upper intermediate

  • Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Those are you goals, but how are you going to achieve them?
We’ve got what you need:

Grammar

Unlike other online courses, Lingualia has hundreds of super simple grammar flashcards. No more scratching your head wondering, “Now what is a resultative adjective again?”.

Vocabulary

Effortlessly expand your vocabulary with helpful definitions, phonetics, examples of use and audios to help you improve your accent. Never again find yourself making one of those all-too-familiar mistakes!

Dialogues

Useful, realistic dialogues to help you avoid the age old-problem of practising what you’re going to say over and over again, only to find you have no idea what the man has replied.
No more relying on the international hand signal for “Can I have the bill, please?” .

Phonetics

We understand the importance of great pronunciation which is why you will find audios to accompany all new words and phrases. And, we won’t lie to you to make you look stupid like some other online services might!!  😉

Basically, we just want you to come and see for yourself. We promise you won’t be disappointed!
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Until next time!


False Friends: We’ve all got them

It's bound to happen eventually

You know the ones I mean. The ones that say one thing but actually mean something else entirely. The ones that make you look stupid in front of other people. You literally can’t trust anything anyone says any more…

That sounds like an intro to some mean girl movie, but really we are talking about words. Those tricky, little, ahem, words or phrases from two languages or dialects that look or sound similar, but differ significantly in meaning.

So why does this happen? Here comes the science bit, concentrate…

Languages ​​are living, growing systems that change constantly, but these changes also affect different languages too. When two languages come into contact, the clash can produce lexical, syntactical, morphological, and phonetic “interference”.

On the whole, this process enriches language, but from time to time it can leave us rather red faced and EMBARAZADOS (pregnant). No, sorry, AVERGONZADOS (embarrassed). Yikes.
If you’re learning Spanish, you are more than likely to commit one of these linguistic cardinal PESCADOS (fish). Seriously?! PECADOS (sins).

♦ Upon meeting new people, whatever you do, do not try to INTRODUCIR (insert) yourself to them, PRESENTAR (introduce yourself) will be sufficient.

♦ Try not to confuse ME GUSTA MUCHO (I like it a lot), with MUCHO GUSTO (a pleasure to meet you). Yes, they are similar, but you don’t have to tell your food what a pleasure it is to make its acquaintance every time you sit down to eat. People will stare and begin to shuffle away from you.

♦ Finding yourself in a formal situation, like at the opticians for example, can be a pretty daunting experience. So it’s perfectly understandable to ask your eye doctor for some LENTEJAS (lentils) by mistake. Yep, that happened to me. And while I was pointed in the direction of Mercadona, I was also told that if I wanted LENTILLAS (contact lenses), well then I had come to the right place. Phew.

♦ Awkward is the word I’d use to describe that moment in the pharmacy when you’re using charades to explain that your nose is blocked up, you have a sore throat and a headache… while simultaneously executing international sign language to reassure the chemist that you are having regular, healthy bowel movements. You’re half way through wondering why on earth she keeps asking you if you’re CONSTIPADO (you have a cold), and then you remember what it actually means. Awkward is the word to describe that particular moment when you realise that everyone in the pharmacy knows you have no toilet problems and that you aren’t at all ESTREÑIDO (constipated).

♦ Never wash your face with SOPA (soup) or JAMÓN (ham), JABÓN (soap) is really all you need.

♦ And, don’t be frightened if someone asks to MOLESTAR (disturb/bother) you for a moment, it’s not what you think.

There are thousands of these pitfalls, and you are bound to jump head first into each and every one of them!

Please be sure to let us know about your experiences via Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.

We promise not to laugh too much for too long. Lingu can help you move past this harrowing experience.

😀

 


U Speaka Da English?

English Around The World

In case you were looking for an impartial article about how English is important, but it’s not the be all and end all, blah, blah, blah… I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong place.

No, I’m not going to bang on about English being the language of the world and that you’re wasting your time learning any other language because I do not believe that to be true. However, I would be lying if I were to say that being able to speak English was neither here nor there. And, I’m not a liar.

Let’s take an objective look at the facts, shall we?

  • Nearly two billion people are learning English in the world right now.
  • According to a recent HSBC campaign, there are five times more people learning English in China than there are people in England.
  • English is the official language in over 80 states worldwide – despite only being the de facto language in the USA and Australia.
  • English will, without doubt, open doors to more job opportunities across the entire world.

We speak English!

If that hasn’t convinced you to learn English, then perhaps this might:

If your goal is to reach a level in which you can defend yourself both in conversation and written English, then you’re in luck. English is one of the easiest languages to master to a high-intermediate level. Yes, it gets extremely difficult in the advanced stages, not to mention the million plus words that exist in English… No matter where you are, if you step out on to the street, open a magazine, switch on the TV, or go online… English is EVERYWHERE. There is an endless supply of learning aids available to you.

(Might we take this moment to suggest a super, amazing, incredible tool called Lingualia. Oh, you’ve heard of us? Great!)

So, yes, English is incredibly important these days. Nobody has suffered from being able to speak English, you never know when you might need it.
And, no, I don’t think you lazy, native English speakers should snub the idea of opening your eyes and enriching your cultural awareness: go out and learn some languages! Who knows what you might find?

Always remember...

As always, get in touch via Facebook, Twitter, or Lingualia.com.

It’s time to learn languages!

See you next time!  😀


The language of diplomacy

The UN

Who here had French classes while growing up? (Memories of singing Frère Jacques over and over again at family get-togethers will haunt me for the rest of my life.)
And, who has noticed a shift from the importance of learning French towards learning other languages such as Spanish, or even Mandarin?

This shift is not only being noticed in our primary schools, but also in the heart of Geneva. And, some say it’s about time.

Take the European Union, for example:

The EU

An estimated €300m is spent annually on translating between its 23 official languages, yet whether the French like it or not, English (or ‘Globish’ as some people prefer to call it) is by far the most commonly used language – unofficially, of course.

So, why are we sticking with French?

The UN

The UN, in comparison, has just six official and two working languages: English and French. French has traditionally been known as “the language of diplomacy”, and yet with just 74m native speakers, it bears no comparison to the language giants such as Portuguese, Spanish, and Hindi. Saying that though, while French has geography on its side – remember, this is a language which is widely spoken throughout African nations and globally important organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières – there are certainly some strong arguments to keep this “tradition” alive.

French

People in Geneva are talking about a shift in power; a shift which, in many people’s opinion, should be geared in the direction of Spanish. Spanish-speaking countries have one of the fastest-growing global markets, and actively take part in nearly all international bodies. Latin America is a force to be reckoned with and some have even noticed Spanish being the dominant language in certain offices in Geneva.

French vs. Spanish

As long as Geneva plays host to some of the most important institutions, French isn’t going anywhere. However, people can be heard whispering in the corridors about a fairer language distribution, so perhaps it is about time for a language reshuffle at the UN.

What do you think? Is Spanish the new black? 

Why not get ahead of the competition and sign up now to Lingualia and get learning with Lingu!
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See you next week!

 


Spanish: There’s more to it than you think

Spanish around the world

Hola, ¿qué tal? Una cerveza, por favor. La cucaracha, la cucaracha, na na nana nana naaa…

If that’s the extent of your Spanish knowledge then you really should hang your head in shame.

🙁

Ok, pity party over! Let’s get down to the nitty gritty, why should you learn Spanish above all else?

Let the facts speak for themselves…

  • If you speak Spanish, you’ll be able to communicate with 500 MILLION people all over the world!
  • Spanish is an official language of the UN, the Southern Common Market, UNESCO and the European Union.
  • Can you name all the countries where Spanish is spoken? There are over 20 of them. Or better yet, which ones are on your bucket list?

Spanish language map

Let’s look at the USA for example; did you know that one in every ten American citizens speaks Spanish at home? That’s a phenomenal amount! Even if that one American isn’t you, Spanish is everywhere. As a non-Spanish speaker, don’t you feel the pressure to compete with these bilingual people?

Jobs are few and far between these days, hands up if you’re sick of hearing about unemployment rates, and redundancies. Out of all that doom and gloom there is a glimmer of hope, the Hispanic market is currently undergoing the highest economic growth in the world. Global giants are growing out of these countries and expanding all over the globe despite the crisis, and Spanish is the second most common language used in international business communication throughout the world… Just think of all the opportunities out there. You may not even have to go that far to find yours.

CASE STUDY:

Spanish-born Telefónica serves over 300 MILLION customers worldwide:

Telefónica is one of the world’s largest fully integrated telecommunication providers. We have presence in 44 countries, with full operations in 21 countries, commercial and operational offices with network infrastructure in China, the USA and 16 European countries, and Network Points of Presence in 5 more.

Telefónica

 

So, what if you’re happy in your job, and you learn for fun? Learning Spanish could become a keystone for your personal development.
The Spanish passion for life is addictive; once this rich language gets a hold on you, it’s hard to let it go
And it’s this rich culture which leaves its mark on the world: Picasso, Santiago Calatrava, Gaudí, Maradona, Shakira and writers such as Isabel Allende and Gabriel García Márquez whose books sell in their millions all over the world, are but a few examples.

And, heck, if that still doesn’t convince you, who doesn’t want to be able to serenade a special señorita in Spanish?

 

Let us know how your Spanish adventure is going via Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

¡Hasta pronto, amigos!

 


Stop the world I want to get off!!

Multitasking mania

Do you work through your lunch break? Do your friends have to send you an iCal invitation for you to make time for them? Do you multi task multitasking? If you think don’t have time for anything else, then Lingualia is for you.

It does make sense, I promise. Read on…

Forget monotonous language textbooks, forget being chained to a desk memorising endless reams of vocabulary and intricate grammar rules… just get out your iPhone or iPad and go! Lingualia adapts to you and your precious (albeit little) free time.

Lingualia AppYour progress doesn’t depend on an intense, daily investment of time; Lingualia is flexible allowing you to learn for as little or as long as you want. You can study for just five minutes a day via your tablet or smartphone.

Just 5 minutes a dayLingualia adapts to your rhythm and requirements, and synchronises your progress and activity across all your devices so you can pick up from the exact point where they left off.

What does this mean?

It means that if you happen to have an accident while trying to drink coffee, while calling your mother, while putting mascara on, while driving to work

Multitasking accident-waiting-to-happen

…and you find yourself convalescing for a few weeks, your home computer will be perfectly up-to-date with the progress you made via the Lingualia App.

We don’t compromise on quality either, your iPhone app is just as complete as the web version:

 

  •  200 didactic lessons.
  • More than 8,000 audios.
  • Grammar flashcards.
  • Phonetics practice to improve pronunciation.
  • Dialogues with images and audios.
  • Lingu – your made-to-measure intelligent teacher.

Get yours now!

So, there you have it; something else to make your life that little bit easier!

 

 

*Lingualia will not accept responsibility for any multitasking-related injuries.

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