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4 Ways to Learn a Language Like a Kid (and Why It Works)

4 Ways to Learn a Language Like a Kid (and Why It Works)

As an adult, learning a foreign language can be tough. But it's certainly not impossible! Check out these tips from French teacher Carol Beth L. to bring out your inner kid and make learning easier...   Last week, we shared how learning a language as an adult is different from what you may have experienced as a high school student (or even earlier on, if you were raised bilingual). While recognizing the challenges and advantages is a great first step, it's also important to put … Read More

4 Ways to Learn a Language Like a Kid (and Why It Works)
As an adult, learning a foreign language can be tough. But it's certainly not impossible! Check out these tips from French teacher Carol Beth L. to bring out your inner kid and make learning easier...   Last week, we shared how learning a language as an adult is different from what you may have experienced as a high school student (or even earlier on, if you were raised bilingual). While recognizing the challenges and advantages is a great first step, it's also important to put
3 Tips For Structuring Your Creative Nonfiction Piece
Curious about writing creative nonfiction? Get started with these pro tips from Woburn, MA tutor Belynda C...   Creative nonfiction is a difficult genre in terms of development and writing, and yet it is one of the fastest-growing segments of the market in recent years. Memoir and personal essay were once limited to the rich and famous. These days, the Internet has made everyone a potential essayist. If you have a fascinating story to tell about your own life, you may feel daunted
Are Genetics the Key to Language Learning?
Genetics can determine your physical appearance, your health outlook, and even some of your personality traits. And now, new research is confirming that your ability to learn a second language may also be predetermined. The newest study, from the University of Washington, followed Chinese international students taking a 3-week English immersion course. The researchers took brain scans throughout the course, and saw some interesting changes: The brain scans suggest that within a day of
8 Great Grammar Games for Kids
Learning grammar can be a challenge for kids - as well as for adults re-learning concepts long forgotten! So instead of making grammar boring and dry with hours spent bent over a book in memorization, try adding a few fun grammar games to your daily life. Before you know it, your kids might start pointing out your grammatical shortcomings. In Other Words Looking for grammar games to expand your childÂ’s vocabulary? Try playing this simple game. Make a statement, then take turns with your
Reconstructing Poetry: The Brick by Brick Approach
Are you interested in learning how to write poetry? A great exercise to try is taking an already-written piece, and deconstructing it. Below, Tucson tutor Lourdes C. explains the method...   If you're a word crafter and you've found your words growing thin and inadequate, maybe even trite and boring, try this original constructivist approach from an applied linguistics perspective to see if you can't get the impact back into your work and cure writer's block. The method operates o

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