British or American English?

Should I focus on British or American English? Every learner eventually asks themselves this question. But what is the correct answer? The not-very helpful answer is «It depends.» It depends on your intentions and needs. If you need a certificate for a job or your studies in England or the USA, focus on the corresponding language. If not, it doesn’t matter as long as you’ll enjoy it. You’ll automatically use the words and expressions according to your environment. And, by the way, there is no distinct British or American English. There are many dialects, and don’t forget about Asian or Australian English.

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Intrinsic motivators versus extrinsic motivators

No one denies that reading is crucial to learning a language. But it’s also helpful for many other things, such as general knowledge. Recently, I read a text from a TED Talk and found this perfect explanation of how intrinsic and extrinsic motivators work. A long time ago, probably in the 1990s, Microsoft had Encarta, an encyclopedia written by professionals, in its software portfolio. A couple of years later, someone started something similar, all done by volunteers. No one is getting paid and they are doing it for fun. Guess which one still exists? Intrinsic motivation can make such a big difference. 

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Aurora Borealis

Normalement les aurora borealis sont un phénomène pour les pays plus nord. Mais hier soir, on l’a vu aussi en Suisse (et dans d’autres pays de l’Europe). Ma photo avec le portable n’est pas bien, mais on peut voir les couleurs.  

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Obtenir des langues étrangères

A cette époque on a beaucoup de possibilités d’apprendre une langue et d’obtenir les compétences. Mais il faut aussi savoir mettre en pratique ses connaissances. Que faire quand personne parle français dans sa région? On peut se connecter sur Discord et s’inscrire à une communauté d’apprenants de langues. Ils existent aussi sur Telegram des groupes ou on a la chance de pratiquer la langue. Et iTalki n’est pas mal non plus, mais ici, on paye quelque chose. Ce n’est pas beaucoup, mais pour cela on a la garantie d’arriver à parler pendant le temps réservé. 

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Is Duolingo helpful for learning a language?

Duolingo or similar apps are popular for learning a language. But are they useful for this purpose? Unfortunately, as is so often the case, there is no simple answer. I’m also a user of one of those apps, and it’s a part of my daily routine. Most of these apps have one thing in common: the style of a competitive game attracts many even less enthusiastic learners. Do I really believe I can learn a language this way? Absolutely not. I’ve never been able to use anything in everyday life that was slightly related to the Duolingo lessons. But the game’s character makes me work on the language daily. I want to keep my strike, and revising and practising my vocabulary is always helpful.

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Is Polyglott a business model? (Part 2)

The trendy word Polyglott has also brought resourceful business people onto the scene. Getting fluent in 30 days or the easy way to learn a language are only two types of headlines on YouTube or other social media channels. Quickly learning a language is so tempting that many newcomers will fall for it and quit again, demotivated. Of course, it can be possible to learn a new language quickly, but let’s be honest, who has time and the possibility to spend 8 to 10 hours learning a day for three months or more? Very few of us. However, some resourceful businessmen have found a lucrative way to make money using the term polyglott. Don’t be foolish; take care of who you send your money to. There is also a free way to start your language career. Later is enough time to invest your money exactly how you need it to get the required support.

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Is Polyglott a business model? (Part 1)

First, it’s essential to know what a polyglot is. According to the Oxford Dictionary, a polyglot is a person «who knows and is able to use several languages.» There is no exact definition of how good one’s language skills must be. Learning one or two words is not enough, but it also doesn’t mean you have to be fluent in them. During the last few years, being a Polyglot has become very popular. Driven by the ever-improving technical possibilities and presumably also by the pandemic, learning languages became more and more exciting and more easily accessible. By the way, the word polyglot comes from the Greek word «polyglōttos». It combines the words poly (more) and glōtta (language), i.e. multilingual. But I don’t know why Polyglott became more popular than Multilingual. It probably sounds trendier.

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