Monthly Archives: July 2010

Pearson acquires Wall Street Institute

Pearson, the large education and textbook company has acquired the Wall Street Institute language schools and plans further expansion, I wonder what the cost of a course at the Wall Street Institute is, and how well their students do? Continue reading

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Tim Ferriss on languages again

Tim Ferriss has produced another post on language learning called How to Learn Any Language in 3 Months.The post contains some interesting ideas. Ferriss says “Principles of cognitive neuroscience and time management can be applied to attain conve… Continue reading

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How to remember grammar…anyone know of easy to use verb conjugators and noun decliners and the like?

The problems of grammar, or of the structure of a new language, are of two kinds. One, is the problem of understanding a concept that we are not familiar with in our own language. This can include the use of articles for speakers of languages that… Continue reading

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The next generation of electronic tablet.

I am slowly getting used to my iPad. Basically I like it. I do not use it like my computer. My favourite application is buying and reading books, on the iPad Kindle app.Now someone in India says they will come out with a $35 electronic tablet. The… Continue reading

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The three stages of language acquisition

To follow up on how long it takes to learn a language, here is something I wrote a few years ago on the stages of language learning.”You are what you eat” -popular sayingIn the global information age, maybe it should be “you are what you can say”…. Continue reading

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How long should it take to learn a language?

Language learning depends mostly on three factors, the attitude of the learner, the time available, and learner’s attentiveness to the language. If we assume a positive attitude on the part of the learner, and a reasonable and growing attentivenes… Continue reading

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In praise of passive learning again.

Passive learning is the opportunity to just listen to or read something of interest, without having to interact with anyone, do drills or exercizes, or answer comprehension questions, or say anything when prompted. It is a tremendous way of learni… Continue reading

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