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Online language learning: A great option in these times

As with many parts of the world, COVID-19 is having a profound effect on Canadian life; borders have been closed to non-citizens and non-permanent residents, offices and stores have been shut and schools closed.

Finding success in language learning

There are many approaches to language learning. Some work better than others.

Reasons not to learn a language, and why they don’t work

There are many reasons to learn a language and some reasons not; but these most common reasons don’t hold water.

Language learning can help make you happy

There has been a lot of evidence, and we’ve shared it, about the health benefits of learning a new language. Studying and speaking a second language exercises the mind and has been documented to help delay such conditions as dementia and Alzheimer’s, improve memory, mental functions and make you a better multi-tasker.

Canada: The birthplace of sports

Hockey might be Canada’s national sport, but its rich history and diversified cultural heritage has contributed to sports around the world, far beyond the hockey arena.

Five facts you may not know about Canada

Here are some interesting, but little-known facts, about Canada and Canadians.

French Canadian and English—There are Commonalities

Canada is officially a bilingual country; French Canadian is French Canadian and English is English. Right?

Facts About Canada You May Not Know

 

Here are some lesser known facts about Canada

Toronto: A Microcosm of the World

It’s well-known that Canada is an incredibly diverse country. In fact, one Canadian city rates No. 5 in the world for cultural diversity.

Language Translation Apps: No Replacement for Learning

There’s no doubt that foreign language translation apps are growing in popularity. In fact, some people believe they will replace formal language learning.

Hand signals: different meanings in different cultures

A previous Berlitz blog discussed the importance of nonverbal communications and how meanings differ significantly from culture to culture. Of special importance, however, is how you use your hands. Hand movements often have a huge impact on how you are perceived in different regions, from very polite to very rude and, sometimes, even hostile and vulgar.

Global CEO: Language Learning Good for Business and Good for the Brain

Paul Melhus is an international traveler who wanted to learn a new language, and for good reason. Melhus is CEO and founder of ToursByLocals, a Vancouver-based company that arranges tours for world travelers in 156 countries, using more than 3,000 guides who actually live in the cities being visited.

Check Out These Celebrity Polyglots

Some people have a stereotype of celebrities: beautiful, rich, and perhaps not too intellectual.

Things to Know About Canada and French Canadians

Canada is one of the most diversified countries in the world. Many cultures and regions have their own opinions and history. Here are some things to know about Canada and French Canadians.

Effective Communications Varies by Cultures

Much has been written about the etiquette of dealing with people of other cultures. Less well documented is the best way to communicate with others electronically.

A Simple, Step-Wise Approach To Understanding Other Cultures

Here’s a simple process to begin preparing to work, live or visit areas with different cultures than your own.

Truths and Myths About Language Learning for Infants and Young Children

Which are truths, and which are myths?

Tips to Stay Motivated Learning a New Language

Even the most committed language learner sometimes reaches a point when motivation lags. It’s just natural. But, really learning a new language takes persistence.

The Need for Cultural Learning Goes Two Ways

There’s almost no debate that the Canadian workforce is becoming increasingly diversified, and so are local communities. There’s also little debate about the growing importance of understanding other cultures, both in the workplace and at home.

Making Language Learning Fun

Language learning doesn’t have to be drudgery, spending monotonous hours studying verb tables and memorizing vocabulary.

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