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English (Spanish, Chinese…) as a Magical Language

English (Spanish, Chinese…) as a Magical Language

Wiktor K. May 24, 2014 Comments Off

Bilingual motivations have evolved, as foreign languages became more and more mainstream things to do and use. With some languages, though, curious side effects can be seen. This post is a curious look at

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How To Learn a Language From a Hole In the Wall

How To Learn a Language From a Hole In the Wall

Wiktor K. April 25, 2014 Comments Off

Okay, let’s start again. One professor with a TED Prize wish tells a hall full of English teachers that sometimes kids learn best with no teachers around. Teachers react differently. Teachers have discussions. Teachers

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Communication Strategies – Live Hangout, Good Articles, Your Stories

Wiktor K. March 1, 2014 Comments Off

Hi all – today’s post is not really full of text It’s a quick summary of a live session that took place this morning to supplement my Udemy course. The topic was “communication strategies”

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LOLcats and Language Learners – Free Time, Creativity and Cognitive Surplus

LOLcats and Language Learners – Free Time, Creativity and Cognitive Surplus

Wiktor K. July 7, 2013 Comments Off

It’s too hot today to think about serious stuff. So instead of discussing the deep and profound things that every language course implies, I will turn to something that language students rarely think about.

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What to do with language? Coding has all the answers

What to do with language? Coding has all the answers

Wiktor K. February 11, 2013 Comments Off

What’s it all for? What good is learning a language, really? Why should anyone bother, and what should we do once a language is learned and mastered? I found my answers on TED.com –

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Best Translators and their language learning secrets

Best Translators and their language learning secrets

Wiktor K. November 6, 2012 Comments Off

Photo Credit: Laura via Compfight The accepted wisdom is this: when learning a foreign language, translation should be avoided and abandoned early. Tonight, I want to look at the other approach. Thanks for reading

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