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3 Challenges English Speakers Face When Learning Chinese

February 20th, 2018 by Christine Chadwick

Learning a new language can always be a challenge, there are new sounds, words, and so many other things to memorise. It is one thing to learn a language that is similar to your own, but it's another thing to learn a language which is dramatically different from your own. Chinese is one of the languages that is very different from the English language. Therefore, English speakers hoping to learn Chinese can face a whole different set of challenges that an English speaker learning a similar la... Read More »

Learning a language can increase your brain size!

January 13th, 2015 by Sarah Adams

According to Swedish scientists, learning an additional language can increase the size of your brain. The study focused on a control group of hard working, Medical and Cognitive Science Students from the US. By measuring their brains before and after the language training, a group of researchers had the unique opportunity to observe what happens to the brain when a language is learnt in a short period of time.

The ... Read More »

Mandarin! The language of the future?

June 12th, 2014 by Hayley Cook

Mandarin is set to be the 'language of the future' (second only to French) according to the BBC. The British Council has stated that a lack of Mandarin tutors has held the UK back in recent years, and that a new centre will be set up in London in 2015 to increase the number of Mandarin teachers available. The number of students learning Mandarin in the UK could double by 2019! At present only 1% of the UK's population are able to speak Mandarin fluently! From September it will be compulsory f... Read More »

5 online resources for Cantonese tutors

February 10th, 2010 by Emily

With China fast becoming one of the world's most dominant economies, it makes sense for tomorrow's business executives to learn its languages, particularly Cantonese. Combine the increasing demand for tuition in Cantonese with the many Chinese students and professionals who live and work in the UK, and it's no wonder the Cantonese tuition industry is thriving! Certainly, there are plenty of Cantonese tutors advertising ... Read More »

5 online resources for Arabic tutors

January 27th, 2010 by Emily

Arabic is one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world. It's also one of the most important languages for commerce, especially in banking and finance. More and more students in the UK are getting to grips with the subject with the help of private tutors and two weeks ago the Government announced that primary school children would soon be able to ... Read More »

Debate of the week: Losing in languages

January 25th, 2010 by Emily

A survey released this week has revealed that fewer secondary schools in England are meeting government targets for foreign language tuition.

According to the National Centre for Languages (Cilt) only 40% of state schools meet the official target - which states that schools should have between 50% and 90% of pupils taking a modern foreign language at GCSE level.

The truth is rather different. In England last summer, 44% o... Read More »