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This blog is about learning and acquiring languages, and will be of interest to:

  • Students of foreign languages looking for advice on how to learn English or any foreign language in general
  • Anyone interested in foreign languages in general; Tricks and Techniques.
  • People who want to improve their English accent.
  • Parents raising a child in their ‘heritage’ language in another country
  • Foreign language teachers who are interested in discovering other aspects to learning languages and bilingualism in general.

SIMON BRAMPTON – ENGLISH COACH en

A2VEUS – TV3 Fue todo un placer ayudar a los 4 concursantes super talentos (Raquel, Keila, Mouna i Iván) de A2VEUS mejorar su pronunciación de la canción Midsummer Night de Ramón Mirabet. También, fue de una agradable sorpresa conocer a Nina en persona, la presentadora del programa y consejera a los aspirantes. Es una super producción que rompe con el formato tradicional de los concursos de canto. En aquest capítol d’”A2Veus“, quatre aspirants nous ( Raquel, Keila, Mouna i Iván) competiran per demostrar el seu talent per poder cantar amb Ramon Mirabet en un indret molt especial. Tots quatre passaran tres dies a la…

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS! y ¿LO MEJOR?

NADA DE INGLÉS DURANTE UN MES Muchos esperan las <<ansiadas vacaciones>> porque me imagino que lo que se ha vivido antes ha sido… ansioso. Oigo una y otra vez frases como <<¡Necesito unas vacaciones ya!>> Según Confucio, un señor que no solía dar puntadas sin hilo, “Elige un trabajo que te guste y no tendrás que trabajar ni un día en tu vida”. No sé qué tipo de trabajo tenía en mente allí en China por el año 550 AC, pero sabía construir frases con gancho sobre las que engarzar sus ideas. Hoy, él mismo encontraría trabajo como periodista o…

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS! y ¿LO MEJOR?

NADA DE INGLÉS DURANTE UN MES Muchos esperan las <<ansiadas vacaciones>> porque me imagino que lo que se ha vivido antes ha sido… ansioso. Oigo una y otra vez frases como <<¡Necesito unas vacaciones ya!>> Según Confucio, un señor que no solía dar puntadas sin hilo, “Elige un trabajo que te guste y no tendrás que trabajar ni un día en tu vida”. No sé qué tipo de trabajo tenía en mente allí en China por el año 550 AC, pero sabía construir frases con gancho sobre las que engarzar sus ideas. Hoy, él mismo encontraría trabajo como periodista o…

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GET PODCASTING this summer…

AND ALL YEAR ROUND Listening to English-speaking podcasts is a great way to increase your English level. Playing back parts that you don’t understand and writing down words you don’t recognize will help you expand your vocabulary. Which podcasts should I listen to? We are spolit for choice, and luckily there’s something for eveyone and every level. You could being with either the The Learn English Podcast from the British Council or 6-minute English from the BBC. But, look at all the options below and chose something you like and for your level. At the beginner level, in general, you’ll find that the programs are focused…

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STOP WASTING YOUR LIFE READING and LISTENING TO IRRELEVANT NEWS: And change the language

Throughout most of my adult life I’ve loved listening to the news in the morning during breakfast or travelling to work in the car. I would put on the radio and find a news channel to get up to date with the latest goings-on in the world. I’ve also got even more excited about sitting down on Sunday mornings and reading through the entire Sunday paper while dipping different pastries in my coffee with a smile on my face. Then, with the news on my smartphone, I was soon disappearing head first down rabbit holes in Germany and the floods…

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DARLING, WHAT’S HAPPENED TO YOUR VOICE?

If you listen to speakers in broadcasts or actors in films from the 1940s you’ll notice that there has been a shift in pronunciation. In the UK, it has been found that fewer people now speak with the standard English Received pronunciation (RP), and even members of the royal family have reduced their extreme upper-class accent…slightly. However, it not only accents that have changed over the years. Women’s voices have also shifted.  Sometimes it’s very apparent that a person’s voice has changed. Little Red Riding hood perceived not only physical changes but also audible differences in her grandmother, which provided…

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PERSONAL VOICE BRANDING (PVB) – You are your voice

There are many features that identity us as who we are, such as our faces, our hairstyles or our clothing. These are our visual identifiers that make us more unique.  Another important feature is your voice, and from your first few words people have probably decided how intelligent, trustworthy, or rich you are!  It’s an extremely important characteristic of your identify. Among singers, Frank Sinatra was known as “The Voice.” But it’s not only singers who can have distinctive voices. Many famous people have been known for their unique voices. Some classics come to mind: James Cagney, George Clooney, Morgan…

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¿Cómo ves el aprendizaje de un idioma?

La tarea será más a menos difícil, según como contestes la pregunta A veces un cometido puede parecer una montaña cuando lo contemplas. Si piensas en lo complicado que es tocar bien un instrumento, sacar una licenciatura o aprender un idioma, es fácil sentir algo de pereza, deprimirte o ni siguiera empezar. Incluso, ponerte en forma o aprender a hacer malabares puede parecer todo un reto insuperable. En cuanto a los idiomas, si empiezas uno desde cero, sabes que delante tienes un corpus de hasta medio millón de palabras. ¿Cómo enfrentarte a esto? A continuación, os propongo 5 recomendaciones. Cree…

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Language Learning Strategies: MUSIC

It’s no secret that listening to a language that you are learning is an incredibly good way of increasing not only your comprehension, but also your vocabulary knowledge. If you can unite enjoyment with what you’re listening to, then your motivation is going to increase and you’re more likely to repeat the activity. Let’s look at all the advantages of adding music to your language learning toolkit. As I mentioned before, listening to music is something that you do for pleasure and therefore it’ll be easier to do and more motivating. Compare this to listening to the news to help…

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WHAT A POTATO PEELER REMINDED ME ABOUT VALUE

Do you use a potato peeler for your potatoes, or just a sharp knife? Personally, I prefer a specific peeler, and it can also work great on carrots to prepare your healthy mid-morning snack. Marketing has given us at least 5 Ps (Product, Price, Promotion, Place and People). Convenience is associated with price, and is an important factor in choice when we decide to buy something; and that’s one of the key reasons for the success on online shopping outlets such as Amazon. Price is also a key factor, and when I needed to buy the aforementioned kitchen utensil, the…

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RAFAEL NADAL

¿ES DE VERDAD UN EXTRATERRESTRE? Después de ganar su 22º Grand Slam en Roland Garros en 2022, en España le llamaron Extraterrestre y en Francia Le Martien. En inglés no es ni an alien ni a Martian. ¿Esto quiere decir que los anglohablantes no aprecian sus altas capacidades y su forma de superar escollos insuperables para otros seres humanos o alguno de Star Trek o Star Wars?  Pues, no. Es simplemente otro ejemplo de que, aunque exista una palabra igual en otro idioma, el uso metafórico no coincide. Al final, Rafael Nadal es a superhuman o para buscar una frase…

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SEX and THE CITY

¿Con o sin subtítulos? La pregunta del millón Me acuerdo de la sección con las entrevistas llamada S’ho fa con la Rosa (Se hace con Rosa / Sofa con Rosa), en Malalts de Tele (el programa de TV3 con Rosa Andreu y Toni Soler, 1997-2000), y la pregunta estrella para los invitados siempre fue “Las pelis porno, ¿Con o sin subtítulos? Bueno, aparte de este tipo de ejercicio lingüístico, voy a dar unas recomendaciones a continuación para sacar el máximo provecho a los subtitles; con, sin y en qué idioma. Primero de todo, si tienes un nivel muy bajo e…

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ARE YOU HUNGRY or ANGRY? o ¿Tienes HANGRY ?

One of the most typical existential doubts that a Spanish student can have in English is choosing between hungry /ˈhʌŋgri/  and angry /ˈæŋgri/, mostly due to the pronunciation of the two words. And you can add to that the difficulty of differentiating between the u /ʌ/ and the a /æ/ as Spanish has a composite sound similar to a mix of the two. One way of remembering the words is to remember that hungry starts with an h like hambre. And remember Hungary can be pronounced exactly the same as hungry but means Hungría. All clear so far?! But then…

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TURKÍA ha cambiado su nombre. Y, ahora se llamará…

¿Cuántas acepciones sabes para turkey en inglés? Pues, por esa razón, el país ‘del pavo’ liderado por Recep Tayyip Erdogan ha anunciado que a partir del 3 de junio 2022 el país pasará a llamarse Türkiye en vez de Turkey en inglés. Al menos en castellano Turquía no tiene nada que ver con las aves. A partir de ahora, quieren que se adopte el nombre Türkiye en todas las comunicaciones oficiales. Y, ha lanzado una campaña turística en inglés donde los turistas dicen el nombre en turco. La pronunciación suena en inglés como turkeyay /ˈtɜːkieɪ  /, o sea, lo mismo,…

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ARE YOU A LANGUAGE OPSIMATH?

How’s your Greek? While a Philomath is a lover of learning (it also refers to a student of mathematics), an opsimath /ˈɒpsɪmaθ/ can refer to a person who begins, or continues, to study or learn late in life. The word is derived from the Greek ὀψέ, meaning ‘late’ and μανθάνω, meaning ‘learn’.  Something I hear often from students as young as 40 years old is that they are too old to really learn a language well. And when someone hits 50 or 60 then they tell me it’s game over! I used to be an agent for the Anglo Continental English School…

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¿Cuáles son los idiomas más fáciles de aprender para un hispanohablante?

Si aprendes o ya has aprendido el inglés (¿Qué nivel tienes?), ¿dirías que es un idioma fácil de aprender? Si tu primera lengua es el español, y quieres añadir otro idioma a tu colección por placer o por añadir valor a tu CV, y buscas una opción fácil, a continuación, te presento una selección de idiomas que te podría interesar. Las lenguas romances son el grupo de idiomas que más se parece entre sí y son los más fáciles de aprender por su cercanía al español, sobre todo a nivel de vocabulario. En primera posición podríamos poner el portugués y…

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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE?

Your career might depend on it. A typical reply to this question in English is “How long is a piece of string?” That is, it depends. OK, some people are better than others, but nearly everyone can reach a C1 level. Do you live in the target language country? And if you do, do you speak to any of the locals? Do you immerse yourself in the language at home and use a speaking app? In the business world, I’ve found cases of managers who needed a foreign language for their new role or because their local company had been…

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WORDS WITHOUT TRANSLATIONS IN OTHER LANGUAGES

In this article we’re going to look at 6 words that defy a simple one-word translation. This is often because of the peculiarities of the culture, the climate, the traditions or habits that are then reflected in the language.   Hygge This Danish term is all about finding cosiness indoors through a warm fire, blankets, comfortable (IKEA!) furniture, warm comfortable clothing, hot drinks and hot food, and the feeling that all that gives us. In English you’d say I love feeling warm and cosy on cold winter days. It’s closely related to the climate and way of life in Denmark.…

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EUROVISION – We’re back! But why now?

How Spain and the UK turned things around The UK and Spain have been the butt of the Eurovision jokes for quite a few years now, and most people had given up hope of either country ever bouncing back again, but as the votes came in with 10s and 12s, the feeling of “Is this really happening?” started changing to “This really is happening!” In the end, with Russia banned, Ukraine won with The folk-rap act, Kalush Orchestraas as the European audience decided to vote in support of a country at war. I’m sure both Sam Ryder and Chanel were…

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JUST ANOTHER MANIC MONDAY?

Our Western Weekend Culture There are so many songs with a negative message about Mondays, and I’m sure that reflects how many people feel about it, especially as the West’s week revolves around reaching the weekend and having Friday off as well if possible. The Bangles were pretty clear that It’s just another manic Monday (Woah, woah) I wish it was Sunday (Woah, woah) ‘Cause that’s my fun day (Woah, woah, woah, woah) My “I don’t have to run day” (Woah, woah) It’s just another manic Monday And Bob Geldof from the Boomtown Rats told us about a schoolgirl that…

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THREE QUICK TRICKS TO GET YOUR CHILDREN TO SPEAK TO YOU IN YOUR LANGUAGE when they don’t or won’t.

(BILINGUAL FAMILIES) There is one really frustrating experience for parents who are trying to raise their children in their native language while living in a country that doesn’t speak it;  their children answer them in the local language rather than their own one. The first TWO KEY STRATEGIES for raising a child in your language are 1)OPOL. One Parent, One Language. That is, you only speak your language to your child, and the other parent speaks their native language. This is important and establishes one single clear channel of communication. It’s simple and effective. And simple and effective is a…

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ADVANTAGE FRIDAY: PHRASE OF THE WEEK

We’re not out of the woods yet. We’ve been living with the Covid 19 pandemic now for two years, and in recent weeks, with the majority no longer wearing masks and far more events taking place in a face-to-face mode, you could be forgiven for thinking that Covid is over. You could say “it’s not over till it’s over”, especially if you sang in a band called Starship, but I want to focus on another similar phrase which sums up the situation nicely.   I thought I was somehow immune to picking up illnesses, but apparently not; I’ve caught Covid,…

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TALK/XERRADA A L’ESCOLA OFICIAL D’IDIOMES RUBÍ

THE SECRETS OF LEARNING A LANGUAGE according to Polyglots It was a pleasure to give the talk on THE SECRETS OF LEARNING A LANGUAGE at the EOI in Rubí on Wednesday 27th April. I’d like to thank Lucia Bonet for organizing and coordinating the talk so efficiently, and all the students and teachers from the school for their warm reception and being so receptive and interactive. Gràcies a tots i totes per l’interès i la càlida acollida. Fins la propera! I’m looking forward to coming back soon. Polyglots and successful language learners are notoriously good at learning languages and in…

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MISTAKES NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS WISH THEY HADN’T MADE

THINGS I WISH I KNEW    V  THINGS I WISH I’D KNOWN As a learner of English, you’ve studied a lot and depending on your teacher you started studying I wish at Low or High Intermediate level. You learned that: I wish + past simple is for things you wish for now or in the future, I wish I knew more about saving money. (Ojalá supiera más sobre como ahorrar dinero.) and I wish + Past Perfect is for things you wished for in the past that didn’t happen. I wish I’d (had) known more about saving Money when I was twenty. (Ojalá…

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GIVING A TALK TO YOURSELF AT A CONFERENCE

SPEAKING AT THE ONLINE POLYGOT GATHERING CONFERENCE 2O22 Last weekend I had the pleasure to attend the annual Polyglot Gathering conference and enjoyed both practising languages and helping other attendees improve their Catalan and English. Between a session on the Klingon language (more and more popular in this part of the Galaxy), and finding out more about the memorising techniques of a national Belgian memory contest champion, I gave a talk on Artificial Bilingualism (In Spanish with slides in English), that is, raising your children in a language that isn’t your native one. I’ve interviewed many families in Spain who…

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MISTAKES NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS WISH THEY HADN’T MADE

THINGS I WISH I KNEW    V  THINGS I WISH I’D KNOWN As a learner of English, you’ve studied a lot and depending on your teacher you started studying I wish at Low or High Intermediate level. You learned that: I wish + past simple is for things you wish for now or in the future, I wish I knew more about saving money. (Ojalá supiera más sobre como ahorrar dinero.) and I wish + Past Perfect is for things you wished for in the past that didn’t happen. I wish I’d (had) known more about saving Money when I was…

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THE POLYGLOT GATHERING 2022

ONLINE and LIVE Yes, according to their website, The Polyglot Gathering is an informal event which takes places once a year and brings together polyglots (people who speak several languages) and language enthusiasts from all over the world. https://www.polyglotgathering.com/2022/online/registration/ For the third year running, due to the pandemic, the conference will be online (28th April- 1st May) but also at a live venue in Poland (1st-6th June). Whereas many foreign language students reach intermediate level in 10 years and then spend most of their lives maintaining it, polyglots give themselves about 2 to 3 years to reach an advanced level in a language,…

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HAPPY SAINT GEORGE’S DAY / FELIÇ DIA DE SANT JORDI

What have England and Catalonia got in common? Well, apart from the great weather, the cuisine and a love of sports, both nations celebrate their national day on the same day. Both have the same patron saint who it would appear was a knight who saved a lady from a dragon. In England the day isn’t celebrated widely, which seems a shame, whereas in Catalunya, sí que és una festa que és celebra amb llibres i roses. The 23rd of April is International Book Day, a date chosen as it coincides with the myth that both Cervantes and Shakespeare died…

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THE FRIDAY WEEKEND WORD #1 TGIF

This is a new series called your FRIDAY Weekend Word. This will include words and phrases to make you sound more natural in English. Only one new word a week? Hopefully you also actively seek out other ones yourself.  But, at the very least, that’s 52 special words in a year. Small increases lead to big changes if you are consistent.  This week the phrase is Thank God It’s Friday, or TGIF. And you can use the acronym in written and spoken English.  T.G.I.F.– Glad it’s the last day of the week Oliver.– Yes, TGIF !   As you can imagine,…

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A VOICE COACH OR A VOCAL COACH?

Do you need help singing better or speaking better?   Which one do you choose? What’s the difference? VOCAL COACH Very often they are used as synonyms. If you need to sing better, you seek out a voice coach or a vocal coach. Think of the famous television singing competition, The Voice, where the judges can only assess the competitors based on their signing voice. It’s an ingenious way to make someone focus on the voice alone, and not just their looks. However, singing coaches are often called vocal coaches. VOICE COACH On the other hand, if you want to…

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VOICE SHAPERS

WHAT FACTORS CAN INFLUENCE YOUR VOICE? Voice shapers are factors that can influence the quality of your voice features. BREATHING. How do you breathe? Breathing means everything in the control and the quality of your voice. Learning to control the way you breathe is one of the key features of great voice delivery. There are simple exercises that you can do every day to improve not only your voice, but help you relax. We breathe automatically, but when you explicitly change your breathing technique, you can make big changes in the way you feel and how you can use your voice. It’s not only…

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How does voice coaching work?

You have thought about improving your voice in a second language, but you probably wonder how it works, the system and what aspects of the voice and language voice coaches at. Voice Assessment & Analysis In the first meeting, a second language voice coach will listen to you, assess the way you use your voice and language and do a speech analysis which will be used to create a plan to improve your voice.  The first questions are: Which aspects do youwant to improve? How do you feelabout your voice and the way you speak? Most people have an idea about whatfeatures they…

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ACCENT MODIFICATION OR REDUCTION

What is it? Do you need it? Are you worried about your accent when you speak another language? Do you want to sound more native? For example, do you want to speak in an English accent like Prince William, or Kate Middleton, or an American one like Meghan Markle or Joe Biden? This is very difficult indeed. According to the Critical Age Hypothesis, once you reach a certain age, imitating an accent and speaking like a native becomes almost impossible. You need a lot of exposure, a special talent for imitating sounds (can you imitate regional accents in your own…

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THE BENEFITS OF BEING BILINGUAL #2 Cognitive

Welcome to this second part, where we’re going to be highlighting the cognitive benefits of having a bilingual brain and being bilingual or trilingual. Bilingualism has positive effects at both ends of the age spectrum: Bilingual children as young as seven months can better adjust to environmental changes, while bilingual seniors can experience less cognitive decline. And the benefits can been in students who’ve studied with Idiomas Advantage! It’s interesting to note that up to 1970s, bilingualism in children was often seen as being a disadvantage and to be the cause of a variety of learning difficulties from dyslexia to…

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THE BENEFITS OF BEING BILINGUAL – Part 1

I’ve always found it strange that some people are not convinced of the advantages of having a bilingual brain and being bilingual. When you think about it there are some many positive reasons for being or becoming one. When we talk about benefits, we have to divide them into two broad areas, the social and cognitive ones. As we’ll see, bilingualism has positive effects at both ends of the age spectrum: Bilingual children as young as seven months can better adjust to environmental changes, while bilingual seniors can experience less cognitive decline. In this first part we’ll look at the…

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English Voice Coaching

What is English Voice Coaching, and why does it matter? You have just one second to make an impression. Make it count!! If you’re a non-native speaker of English and you have reached a comfortable level in the language, you may start focussing on the way you speak it. It’s obvious that a person’s native accent intrudes in their second language, and even if you speak English very well, you may exhibit certain features in your speech that are distracting and detract from your overall message and your intended effect. Are you worried about your accent? ACCENT MODIFICATION Do you…

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BILINGÜISMO ARTIFICAL

¿Sabias que los no nativos también pueden criar a sus niños en inglés u otro idioma? ¿CREES QUE PODRÍAS HACERLO TÚ? Evidentemente, necesitarás un nivel alto del inglés. Pero ¿Qué nivel? Pues, ¡cuanto más alto mejor! Piensa en la relación que quieres con tu hijo. Si no puedes expresar todo los que quieres transmitir y comunicar, pues, podrías frustrarte, e incluso, podrías acabar por perjudicar la relación. Son los matices que realmente llevan el sentido de la comunicación en muchos casos.  ¿Mis hijos acabarán por hablar inglés como nativos si los llevo a una escuela británica? Dependará si es una…

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Key Strategy 3. INPUT. You as a Language Model

This blog post is all about the language you speak; your accent, accuracy, and your idiosyncrasies. I deal with bringing up a child in a language that is not your native one in another post and devote a whole chapter to it in the book.  With enough exposure, your children will speak with your accent and all your idiosyncratic forms of the language, or idiolect, especially if you are the sole language source.So, remember that they are a mirror of the way you speak. You may hear words and phrases that you did not know you used, and they can…

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KEY STRATEGY 3 – INPUT How to get them to speak with your ACCENT.

Your accent What accent will your child have when they speak your heritage language (or the local language)? For many people, this is an important issue. After more than thirty years teaching English as a foreign language, and as an English person who lived in Ireland for eleven years, I understand that the accent you have is quite significant, and for many different reasons. Firstly, your accent identifies your ethnicity and in many languages associates you with a social class. In some places your accent may not be seen in a positive light, such as my English accent when I…

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Is there a critical age for learning a language? Sequential bilingualism – and the million dollar question.

If you move to another country where your language is not spoken, the age of your child when they start learning the language has an effect on their proficiency. When a child learns one language first and another one later, this is called Sequential or Successive Acquisition. Parents want to know if children arriving in a new country, where a new foreign language is spoken, will end up speaking the language proficiently or even attain a native speaker level. The consensus among researchers is that the younger the child is when they arrive, the better. The ‘Critical Period’ Hypothesis says…

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Key Strategy 3: Provide enough exposure to your language (Input)

In previous blog posts I explained the Key Strategies 1 and 2 which are about what language you speak to each other. Do you spend enough time speaking your language with your children? Even if you always speak your language (OPOL) and get your child to speak to you in your language (1L2U), if they do not hear and speak enough, they will not pick up the basic structures of the language or native pronunciation. Typically, they will sound ‘foreign’ and make more mistakes than they need to. What level of proficiency are you aiming for? Some parents want their…

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ENGLISH VOICE COACHING FOR SINGERS WHO ARE NOT NATIVE SPEAKERS

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SINGING IN ENGLISH SIMON’S 5-STEP ENGLISH VOICE SINGING METHOD MEANING – STORY READING: SAY AND TELL Technique 2. SOUND SCRIPTING – INTONATION, MELODY, RHYTHM – Sing in tune! 3. REHEARSE, REHEARSE, REHEARSE 4. COACHING 2. 5. PERFORMANCE & Feedback VOICE COACHING FOR SPEAKERS AND SINGERS has a lot of features in common. It’s important to improve the quality of the voice delivery in both cases, and both require sound scripting and a lot of rehearsal. In this article, I’m going to deal specifically with how I help singers who are not native English speakers with their…

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Libro

Bienvenido a la serie de libros de 5 Estrategias Claves   Consigue el libro de cómo criar a un niño bilingüe AHORA!

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Learn English without effort-Really?

Learn English without effort – Were you born yesterday?  ¿Te chupas el dedo o naciste ayer? Vale, queremos y anhelamos aprender cosas nuevas sin esforzarnos. Es normal. Aun cuando vemos un anuncio que pone “El secreto de …” , “Aprende sin esfuerzos..” nos cuesta un montón no pinchar sobre el link – es click bait total.  Pero de verdad, ¿crees que puedes aprender a hablar un idioma sin hablar, formar frases sin errores, sin estudiar reglas gramaticales o aprender vocabulario sin leerte nada? Pues hay alguien que ha encontrado suficientes adeptos – 1.64m suscritores – que están dispuestos a creer en cuentos…

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Getting your child to speak your language to you (1L2U)

Key Bilingual Strategy 2 The First Key Strategy, OPOL, is about the language you speak to your child; the Second Key Strategy, 1L2U, is about the language that your child speaks to you. For many parents this is the most difficult strategy to use successfully, and it is very common, even with OPOL, that your child will answer you in the local majority language. Do you know cases of this? Is it your case? Here are Four methods to maximise same language communication between you and your children Method 1: Set the language interaction rules from the very beginning One…

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One Parent One Language (OPOL)

Key Bilingual Strategy 1         3 outcomes and 5 reasons why it’s the best approach The One Language One Parent (OPOL) approach is the first of the Five Key Strategies and is about the language you speak to your child. To make this method work, you need to implement this strategy strictly. Luckily, this is one strategy that you have complete control over! Nobody can make you speak the local majority language to your child if you do not want to. 5 reasons why the OPOL method is best for success 1.      You express yourself best in your native language;…

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Contact & Hire

If you would like to hire me to give a talk or workshop on a language related topic such as Family Bilingualism, Foreign Language Learning Strategies or Language & Voice Coaching, please contact me here. Talks and Seminars The 5 Key Strategies of raising a bilingual child  The 5 Key Strategies to successfully learn a language NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) for learning a foreign language. For students and teachers. Presentation Skills training for executives Exclusive individual Professional VOICE COACHING and ACCENT REDUCTION– Increase your influence and image through 1-1 voice training sessions. Especially for non-native English speakers. contact@bilingualuniverse.com

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Book

Welcome to the 5 Key Language Strategies Book Series   Get Simon’s book on a raising a bilingual child RIGHT NOW!

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE GURU YOUTUBE VIDEOS https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1-LuG5KjPGrYZZDCgvFgJA/videos Simon’s English Language Guru is a channel specially designed to help general and business English students learn some of the most difficult and tricky English GRAMMAR & VOCABULARY and IMPROVE their ACCENT and SPEAKING SKILLS. We’re going to have fun making you SPEAK BETTER AND SOUND YOUR BEST IN ENGLISH. Simon Brampton – English Language Guru es un canal creada con el fin de ayudar a los alumnos de inglés general y business a aprender la gramática y vocabulario más engañoso del inglés además de la PRONUCIACIÓN con una presentación a la vez divertida…

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I have been teaching English as a second language since 1989, in the UK for two summers, and the rest of the time in Barcelona. I am an English native speaker and fluent in Spanish and Catalan and work in all three languages on a daily basis. I can also speak French to upper intermediate level and have a basic knowledge of Afrikaans. I am the owner and director of Advantage Languages, which provides language training to companies in and around Barcelona and Madrid and employs over 45 teachers as of 2022.  I still teach English every week, mostly because…

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SPEAK & SOUND YOUR BEST IN ENGLISH I’ll use my 30 years’ experience as a coach to 1.IMPROVE YOUR PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES AND VOICE for PUBLIC SPEAKING in ENGLISH. 2. SHOW YOU EXCLUSIVE TECHNIQUES TO LEARN ENGLISH QUICKER & MORE EFFECTIVELY. 3. FAMILIARISE YOU WITH BRITISH BUSINESS CULTURE. HABLA y SUENA LO MEJOR POSIBLE EN INGLÉS. Emplearé mi 30 años de experiencia para 1.MEJORAR TUS TÉCNICAS de PRESENTACIÓN y VOZ para HABLAR MEJOR en PÚBLICO en INGLÉS. 2. ENSEÑARTE TÉCNICAS EXCLUSIVAS para APRENDER EL INGLÉS de forma RÁPIDA Y EFICAZ . 3. FAMILIARIZATE CON LA CULTURA BRITÁNICA CORPORATIVA Espero ayudarte. ¡Ponte…

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BILINGUAL FAMILIES FAMILIAS BILINGÜES LANGUAGE STUDENTS ESTUDIANTES DE IDIOMAS LANGUAGE TEACHERS PROFESORES DE IDIMOAS As the name suggests, this site aims at helping parents, children and students of foreign languages learn them more effectively using KEY LANGUAGE STRATEGIES. You will find information and resources about these Key Language Strategies in the Blog and Video Channels as well as the books and articles I’ve written.

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BILINGUAL VOICE es una web para las personas que quieren mejorar su forma de hablar en inglés, sea por hablar en público o cantar, además de mejorar su nivel de inglés y sus conocimientos de él. Además encontrarás información sobre cómo criar un niño bilingüe. Verás enlaces a mi libro en inglés y castellano. Si quieres más información contáctame en thebilingualuniverse@gmail.com

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