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Wales is a small country (just 8,022 sq. miles) and home to around 3 million people. It’s just two hours away from London. Most people here are bilingual – the majority speak English while more than half a million speak Welsh. It has a long and majestic coastline, national parks and about 160 castles still […]

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Time and again it’s been said that learning a foreign language has many benefits beyond boosting language and communication skills. There have been many studies proving that foreign language learning can have physical and mental benefits as well. Take a look at some of them:   Boosts brain power   A new language presents you […]

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  Most Influential Languages from Previous Studies For some time, studies have shown that the world’s most influential languages have included Mandarin, Arabic, Spanish, French and English, with the latter being ranked first on the list. These languages are considered influential based on the regularity they are spoken in many regions around the world. Mandarin has the […]

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Word of the Day Emoji
Word of the Day Emoji

In mid-November, Oxford Dictionaries unveiled their word of the year for 2015, though the winner was not wholly in line with those of its twelve-year history. The ‘word’ in question can perhaps be better described as a caricaturised drawing, as the lexicographers behind Oxford University Press announced that an emoji was worthy of the title, […]

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Are empty lecture theatres the future of language learning?

Very few people would deny the importance of language skills to Britain’s economy. In a 2013 survey carried out by Pearson, 70 % of businesses said that they valued language skills in their employees[1]. Yet it has often been lamented in the last few years that the number of students leaving education with appropriate language […]

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The vast majority of us might struggle to understand the text messages or conversations of Western teenagers. However, it has been shown that teenage girls have a significant effect on the way language is used. Not only has this select group been found to bring new words into existence, but they can also influence the […]

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Musical mind
Musical mind

A recent study by Nina Kraus, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University in the United States, has demonstrated that students with access to musical training have a much greater capacity to perform academically[1]. Learning to play an instrument not only improves listening and communication skills, but, amazingly, it also accelerates the rate at which the brain […]

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