20 10, 2017

Maximise your learning outside the classroom

Maximise your learning outside the classroom Remember, anything you enjoy doing in your native tongue can also be enjoyed in the language you're learning. Whether it be reading a book or a blog, watching movies, playing computes games, meeting friends, or listening to music, the possibilities are endless. This approach will also get you to discover more about the culture of the people who speak the language you're learning, which is always very interesting and rewarding. Use at least an hour a day of your time studying your new language. You can spend time reading online newspapers, magazines or books. You can watch movies or your favourite series in your target language. This is a fun way to practice your new language and at the same time you are learning new words, phrases and pronunciation. Write sentences, paragraphs or texts depending on your level and give it to your teacher who will help you improve your writing. Listen to your favourite song in your target language and have fun practicing the pronunciation vocabulary and grammar in the song. Make notes, have a note book: There is a lot of vocab, grammar, expressions, etc, that you can better learn if you write everything down. This helps you to review what you did, and it also help you cement you learning in your mind.         Learn vocabulary in context: Memorising lists of vocabulary can be challenging and is not an effective way to get the words to stay in your mind long term. Association is key to retain new words. A great way to build vocabulary is to make sure the words you're learning come form situations. Make different sentences with the new vocabulary [...]

3 05, 2017

Find your ONE thing to be successful in learning a language

The ONE thing book by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan is all about laser-sharp focus & productivity. It gives us simple yet powerful tools and strategies which we believe when applied to your language learning goals produce extraordinary results. First, find your ONE thing to be successful in learning a language: “What’s the ONE thing I can do such that by doing it everything will be easier of unnecessary?” – Gary Keller To find the answer to this question, you need to know what your goals are. Take out a pen and a piece of paper and just spend a few minutes thinking about the following: For example, your “Daily” goal might be time-blocking 15 minutes after dinner to understand how the language works, practice speaking skills with a friend 10 minutes before a class, spending as little as 5 minutes to revise new vocabulary before going to bed, waking early to prepare for an exam to get your level certified, making a few sentences before breakfast with the knowledge of whatever you’ve learnt so far, or reading a paragraph in the evenings from a book suited to your level. Based on the daily goals above, here’s the ONE thing you could do right now, pick a spot where you won’t be disturbed, silence your mobile, practice verb drills. Call a friend and ask if he/she is willing to arrive few minutes early before class to practice with you. Find a system which will encourage you to practice 5 minutes before bedtime – Choose an app or go old school and learn off your own language journal, so on and so forth. If you have the luxury of time, it is worth investing 4 hours [...]

28 02, 2017

The Things We Do For Love

Valentine’s Day has just passed us, the flowers have withered, the chocolates have miraculously disappeared and all that is left are the cards that will soon be covered with dust. Maybe you belong to those people considering something more meaningful to foster your relationship than presenting red roses? You could, for example, resolve to learn your sweetheart’s native language – despite the fact that your partner is fluent in English and like the song suggests ‘communication is the problem to the answer’. Sometimes communication with the partner’s family can be the primary reason acknowledges our student Ken: ‘I have been a German language student at Language Hub for over a year. I've always wanted to learn German after my first visit to the country in 2000. Now, my wife and I regularly travel to Germany to visit her family. The Language Hub offers an immersive learning experience for students to practice communicating completely in the language they study. The classes are fun and interactive. Studying at the Language Hub has tremendously improved my German language skills and has made communicating with my German family much easier.’ Other times a little misunderstanding in the presence of your dearest is motivation enough as Matt admits: ‘I decided to learn German after many years ago being in Munich and arguing with a guy over whether I had small (Kleine) or no (Keine) Cigarettes much to my girlfriend-at-the-times’ amusement. Learning a language is a really positive thing and I would recommend it to anyone!’ It must be stated here that relationships do not always work out the way we planned, but our students have always assured us that they never regretted their decision to learn the new language and [...]

17 02, 2017

Language Acquisition = Falling in L.O.V.E

What happens when you learn a new language? Your brain is analyzing, processing all the new information coming in - new vocabulary & sounds, picture-word associations, sentence structures and so on right? But remembering this new and complex information becomes the next most challenging and vital part in language learning. “I learnt it but I’ve forgotten” “I don’t remember” “Wait, wait, hang on, I know this word, hmmm…gosh, I can’t remember” “It’s too hard to remember, maybe language learning isn’t for me” “I don’t have a good memory” If you feel this way, feel frustrated or disappointed. Please don’t! “Forgetting new words” is a completely natural process. Your brain not only analyzes and processes what you learn but “selectively” stores and discards data. Even this selection will fade over time with more information constantly coming in. That’s why some of us would wake up one day and say “I don’t remember a word of what I learnt - Zilch , Nada.” How can we change this and be more efficient in language learning? Simple. First tell the brain who is the boss and help it to remember the information that we “select” as “the most important”. It doesn’t stop at that. Next is “Constant Repetition” – the golden key to developing any skill. Just as how you would workout every day to tone up your muscles, spending time repeatedly reviewing even 5-10 minutes every day will tone your memory significantly improving your capacity to remember the language you are learning. For the constant repetition, for your learning process to evade monotony, you must be in love with the language, be passionate. Language is all about forming links. You form this amazing link with another person [...]

22 11, 2016

Travelling to Germany

So you've booked your ticket to Germany? You've come to the right place!  We’ve endeavoured to pack all you need to know about this destination in our Travel Tips section. Fast facts: Language: German Capital: Berlin Government: Federal Republic Currency: Euro € Population: approx. 82 Mio Area: 357,168 km² Country code: +49 Measurement system: Metric Electric current: 230V/50Hz (round two pin plug system)   Fun facts Per capital, the Germans drink around 105 litres of beer each year. Germany produces around 600 different types of bread; more than any other country. Probably there are even more varieties of sausages. The Oktoberfest actually starts in the month of September. Oktoberfest vocabulary German is the (co-)official language of 5 countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. It is also spoken in Northern Italy, Belgium and the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine. In restaurants give a 5-10% tip but round up the bill to include it instead of leaving money on the table.   Basic German Ja (yes)     Nein (no)     Danke/Dankeschön (Thanks)     Bitte/Bitteschön (Please/you’re welcome)     Guten Tag (Hello) Auf Wiedersehen/Tschüs (Goodbye)     Entschuldigung (Excuse me) Ich brauche Hilfe (I need help)     Ich spreche kein Deutsch (I don’t speak German) Sprechen Sie Englisch? (Do you speak English?)     Mir geht es nicht gut (I don’t feel well) Wie viel kostet das? (How much is that?)     [...]

18 04, 2016

Hurdles to Language Learning

What would you consider your main hurdles to learning a new language? In the following we have identified a few obstacles that might sound familiar to you. We also give you some tips to tackle them. I don’t have enough time to learn a language You had a great deal of motivation when you started learning a new language, but now, it seems, there is never enough time to practice it. Seriously? Yeah right, you work full time, you have an active social life, you might have a family and then there are those projects like getting a present for auntie Daisy’s 50th birthday. But maybe all those things are not keeping you from learning. Maybe the time killers do? Have a look at your daily routine and find out what it is that is wasting your time. Do you spend a lot of time in queues? Do you watch a lot of TV, do you spend a good deal of time on Facebook or waiting for the bus? Or do you take the car to work? Now imagine yourself listening to a language CD or a podcast whenever you leave the house. Instead of watching (the repetition of) a series every night, watch them in your target language. When you brush your teeth or your hair, look at that list of verbs you blu-tacked on your bathroom mirror. Try to do everything you enjoy doing in your target language. Just ten minutes a day can make all the difference! I don’t have a goal Yes, there was a good reason to start learning a new language. But now procrastination kicks in. There won’t be an exam any time soon. I’m not going to Paris in [...]