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Benefits of learning British Sign Language

February 2nd, 2017 by Anna Michaelidou

As with learning any new language there are many benefits of learning British Sign Language (BSL). BSL is the main form of sign language used in the UK today.

The Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD) describes BSL:

British Sign language (or BSL) is a visual-gestural language, which makes use of three dimensional space and the movement of hands (and other parts of the body) to convey meaning. It has its own vocabulary and syntax.

British Sign Language (BSL) is officially recognised in Britain and is the second most widely used language, after English.

The second most widely used language after English! Imagine how many more people you could communicate with. According to ... Read More »

5 tips on how to encourage early language development

September 22nd, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

Children start developing their language skills from a very early age and encouraging their language development is vital to building their confidence as well as broadening their vocabulary and learning to speak properly.

By encouraging your child to develop their language skills from an early age you will ensure they enhance their social skills and set them on the right path for a better academic future. Here are five tips to encourage early language development with your child:

1. Allow your child the time to speak

As parents we spend a great amount of time trying to teach our children to listen. Try allowing your child to speak and describe things. It can be anything from simply telling ... Read More »

How much will people spend on learning a new language and why?

December 1st, 2015 by Anna Michaelidou

Being fluent in a second language offers many benefits and opportunities for all ages; but learning a new language takes time and dedication. It is not that it is necessarily a difficult task; it is merely understanding that language skills are a habit that can be developed through discipline and practice. Did you know that there are approximately 7000 languages in the world today? Let's have a quick look at the distribution of world languages by area and origin.

Distribution of world languages by area of origin

Area Living languages Number of speakers Count Percent Total Percent Mean Median Total 7,102 100.0 6,291,192,624 100.0 885,834 7,000 Africa... Read More »

Tips For Learning A Foreign Langauge

February 3rd, 2015 by Sarah Adams

It is estimated that up to 7,000 languages are spoken around the world. The ease or difficulty of learning another language can depend on your mother tongue. Some languages are proven to be harder to learn than others. We've put together some top tips to help make language learning easier.

Learning Style:

Knowing your own learning style can help you improve the excellence of your study skills. Start by working out which learning style helps you.

A Word A Day:

Learn one word per day. Then test yourself at the end of the week. The following week, learn 2 words per day. Aim to carry on doing this until you have achieved confidence in 100 key words.

Watch and Listen:

Watch films/movies in the language you are learning with subtitles. This will get you used to the sound and s... Read More »

Studying Abroad

February 2nd, 2015 by Sarah Adams

University students can save money by studying abroad. Undergraduates can reduce their student debt by tens of thousands of pounds if they spend a year in a foreign university.

The average student in Britain pays £17,523 for an academic year including tuition fees, rent, travel costs and basic living expenses. However, Poland's Warsaw University is the cheapest location for British students. Typically this costs £4,119 for a year including return flights, accommodation fees and living expenses. For those that choose to study in a country where the language is not English, then the university will cover the cost of additional language lessons. The most expensive location to study abroad is Sydney University, which still works out to be £2000 cheaper than studying in the UK.

A year overseas is significantly cheaper, that means British students pay just 15 percent of normal tuition fees (currently... Read More »

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