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Tips for learning english on vacation.

Hi. I'm a Portuguese student and I'm going to spend two weeks of my summer vacations on Leeds, England since I have an aunt there that invited me. I would like to spend my time practicing my English but I don't know what to do or where to go. Where can I meet new people (of my age range preferably: 20's), have a good conversation, listen to other people talk, ...? Your help will be much appreciated!
posted by tsuwal on Jul 3, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I relearn Spanish?

I studied Spanish in high school and college, and I even spent a semester abroad in Spain. At that point, I was very proficient at reading, writing, and speaking it. Sadly, in the 8 years since graduation, I feel as though I have forgotten everything. I am looking to get into a field where knowing Spanish would be very helpful, and I am trying to figure out the best way to both relearn what I knew (and possible go beyond that). Obviously for speaking, I will need to get out there and practice, but before that, should I just pick up my old textbooks and get going? Or, is there a better way?
posted by aka_anon on May 15, 2013 - 14 answers

How do I cause the creation of a Chinese mnemonic guide?

Hello, I'd like some info on how to create a Chinese menmonic guide to make it easier to learn vocab. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Feb 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Best way to learn French in my spare time?

Hi everyone, I am a 24 y/o English native about to start a PhD in London. During the next 3 years, I would very much like to begin learning French alongside my doctoral studies, and I am interested in finding out the most effective and efficient way of going about this. Realistically I will probably be able and willing to dedicate between one and two hours a day to studying French. I am interested in learning to both speak and write the language in equal measure. Any advice is much appreciated.
posted by FuckingAwesome on Nov 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Everything about (first/bilingual) language acquisition

Tell me everything about teaching kids how to speak and read and write. [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Oct 16, 2012 - 19 answers

Best place to learn english.

I have spoken english fluently since I was a child but I know many people that would like to learn or are trying to learn how to speak english. In my opinion the best method is full on immersion in an english speaking country. What would be the best country or place for this to happen? [more inside]
posted by mikeanegus on Jun 8, 2012 - 17 answers

To be, or not to be: this is (part of) the question . . .

TL;DR in advance: English MA grad, wondering what to do with his life. A lot [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Nov 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Book recommendations on the philosophy of education

I'm looking for recommendations for books related to the philosophy of education, especially those related to multicultural approaches to education or foreign language instruction. [more inside]
posted by one little who on Aug 4, 2011 - 12 answers

Old timey alternatives to "that's gay"?

What are some old timey words I can give my students as an alternative to "that's gay"? [more inside]
posted by mdaugherty82 on Jul 19, 2011 - 96 answers

Learn me some French.

What is the most reasonable way to try and autodidact your way into reading French well and speaking it passably? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jul 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Help in Translating Japanese

I have a Japanese friend whom I occasionaly write e-mails in japanese. I used to study Japanese at the University but as I didn't practice for a long time I almost forgot it. Sometimes I don't know how to write something in Japanese and internet Dictionaries doesn't help. So the question is if anyone know good internet communities or forums where I can get help with translating some bits into Japanese? Thanks!
posted by Svulya on Jun 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Getting off the advanced plateau

Given 4 months of free time, how can an advanced English learner take the biggest step toward full fluency? [more inside]
posted by mshrike on Apr 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Great descriptions of places? The floor was like.....

Great descriptions of places or scenes? [more inside]
posted by mooreeasyvibe on Mar 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Best online flash card program for studying?

Best online flash card program for studying? [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum on Feb 1, 2011 - 8 answers

And now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

Tell me about the most well-written, engaging, and creative language-learning books and websites. For any language. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Nov 18, 2010 - 12 answers

Mandarin Chinese class in New York City?

Suggestions for learning Mandarin Chinese in New York City? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Nov 17, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I find English as a Second Language Funding for an African University?

I am a volunteer for an organization building a nonprofit university in Angola. I am tasked with finding funding for English as a Second Language education--all students who do not speak English will take year long intensive course in English. I'm looking for whatever help I can get in finding funds. [more inside]
posted by wires on Nov 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Puis-toi aider moi avec television?

Looking for info on how to download (and somehow transfer to an iPhone) a French-Canadian cooking show. I swear it's to help me learn! [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Sep 12, 2010 - 8 answers

'To speak another language is to posess another soul'

I am looking to help a friend who has just started learning German and am looking for the hive mind for inspired suggestions. [more inside]
posted by numberstation on Mar 8, 2010 - 11 answers

Je voudrais apprendre

Name some intensive language courses that take place in universities! [more inside]
posted by djgh on Jan 19, 2010 - 21 answers

Help a TEFL teacher with a one-to-one with a 10 year old.

Does anyone know what books or resources, paid for or otherwise, would be suitable for teaching a 10 year old intermediate level English? [more inside]
posted by mooreeasyvibe on Aug 17, 2009 - 6 answers

Evening language courses in Chicago

Recommendations for foreign language evening classes in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by C^3 on May 20, 2009 - 3 answers

Preemptive tongue untying

Finding pronunciation-intensive courses abroad for French or German. [more inside]
posted by trouserlouse on Mar 24, 2009 - 11 answers

Help my kid learn Spanish

Thanks to a love affair with Dora the Explorer, my six-year-old daughter is fascinated by Spanish. She's too old for Dora now and has moved onto Strawberry Shortcake, but not a day goes by without her demanding to know how to say various things in Spanish. My husband and I are happy to help with this, and will look up translations on our phones, but her questions are rapidly surpassing my intro-level Spanish skills. I'd like to find some child-oriented websites that will help her learn Spanish. [more inside]
posted by meghanmiller on Dec 9, 2008 - 11 answers

Two Master's Degrees... What are my options?

This spring I will be finished with my second Master's degree. I've been at my current job for almost three years and while I enjoy it immensely, I am wondering about other opportunities that having two graduate degrees might open up for me. Am hoping to obtain answers especially from individuals who have multiple degrees and have gone into somewhat different career paths. [more inside]
posted by msposner on Nov 11, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me live in the Tower of Babel

LanguageFilter: Having a little bit of a few languages under my belt, I'd like to add more/get better at the ones I know. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Sep 17, 2008 - 6 answers

career in language learning

After a long period of soul-searching (and trying many different jobs), I've decided on a career path in language learning. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Jun 12, 2008 - 3 answers

Project ideas for a nine year old boy.

I need some project ideas for me to work on with a nine year old Spanish boy. [more inside]
posted by letsgomendel on May 31, 2008 - 1 answer

Simple French-language booklets for Kenyan French teacher of elementary students?

On a recent trip to Kenya, we visited a school who is in need of simple French language instruction booklets for elementary-age children. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on May 23, 2008 - 3 answers

I don't think the names of foodstuffs is going to cut it.

What is the best way for me to learn Spanish in order to pass a reading test? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on May 10, 2008 - 13 answers

Spanish Translation

How do you say " I got hit (in the head) by....(something)" I have to do an oral presentation in spanish but Im not sure how to say I was....i got hit? Im telling a story of when i got hit in the head with a swing...i have to use imperfect and preterite tense....any ideas
posted by madmamasmith on Mar 1, 2008 - 10 answers

Hola! Donde esta la biblioteca?

I'd like to teach myself some various languages. Help me find some resources for Spanish and Japanese. [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Dec 19, 2007 - 21 answers

Looking for an online store to easily find and purchase popular/classic books translated/written in European French. Mag subscriptions too!

I'm looking for popular books, novels, magazines, comic books...in European French (not Canadian French). I'd also like to be able to easily order/purchase them from home (preferably from places like Amazon.com). [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Dec 4, 2007 - 8 answers

How to visually parse words and text?

I would like to develop a visual dictionary, web-based, which would allow me to visually parse words the reader is looking at, much like balloons over the word in question. [more inside]
posted by steppe on Nov 7, 2007 - 1 answer

Language Limbo

JapaneseLanguageFilter: I am looking for good practice reading materials that are a happy medium. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Jun 10, 2007 - 9 answers

Where to study French in France?

My wife and I want to spend about 6 months in France learning French intensively. Where should we go to study? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on May 24, 2007 - 4 answers

What are some good Japanese language schools in Tokyo?

What are some recommendations for Japanese language schools, especially for conversation, in Tokyo? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Aug 23, 2006 - 2 answers

How do I get started in tutoring?

I'm thinking about trying to get into tutoring, particularly English tutoring. I've worked with ESL students via the internet before, but that has been on a mutual basis: I've helped them improve their English while they helped me improve my German. What steps would I need to take to get started in my area? Do I need any particular qualifications? Should I go to the schools, or perhaps to the University in town? How does one get started in tutoring as a part-time job?
posted by JoshTeeters on Jul 31, 2006 - 4 answers

Give me your modals, your prepositions, your phrasal verbs yearning to breathe free

How do I teach 10 or so Indonesian academics and postgraduate students how to "ace" their US Embassy visa interviews and "prep" for life in the US? Personal experiences with the US immigration process? What are some interview strategies you can pass on to my students? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jun 2, 2006 - 2 answers

French Daycare and English Speaking Parents

My wife and I have been looking for a daycare centre for our one year old daughter, as my wife is returning to work shortly. French daycare w/ english speaking parents question follows... [more inside]
posted by jikel_morten on Oct 7, 2005 - 15 answers

How Much Exposure Do Babies Need to Naturally Pick Up a Second Language?

If I wanted my baby to learn a second language from a family member who speaks it natively, how many hours per week minimum would they need to spend together? I know the more the better, but I am trying to figure out if four or five hours a week will do the trick if we are extremely consistent and do this for many years.
posted by limitedpie on Jan 20, 2005 - 12 answers

I want to learn Italian.

After recently getting the opera and pop-era bug and finding that I can sound half-decent singing it, I really want to learn Italian so I don't have to phonetically remember the lyrcis of the likes of "O sole mio". Any resources to help me do this cheap (on the Web preferably)? $100 or less?
posted by madman on Nov 9, 2004 - 9 answers

Wat are the most valuable foreign language skills to possess in the next decade?

What are the most valuable foreign language skills to possess in the next decade(s)? Arabic? Chineese? Spanish? Does it depend solely on your chosen field? My question comes from a government and law perspective, but I'd be interested in all opinions. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by trivirgata on Sep 5, 2004 - 16 answers

Learning French

What's the best way to learn French without taking a class?
posted by adrober on Feb 29, 2004 - 16 answers

Is Rosetta Stone language software any good?

Has anyone around here used Rosetta Stone software for learning foreign languages? Did it work well for you?
posted by Prospero on Feb 24, 2004 - 7 answers

What advice do you have for raising a bilingual child?

Raising a bilingual child. I'd be grateful to hear advice, experiences or recommended resources for raising a child in a dual-language home. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Ljubljana on Feb 2, 2004 - 16 answers

Learning Languages

Have any native English speakers here had to learn a foreign language (especially Spanish) for work, etc. in a relatively short amount of time? How did you do it? Any recommendations for books/classes/training programs? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by AstroGuy on Dec 20, 2003 - 27 answers

Did Yeats really say "Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire"?

Everyone seems to agree that William Butler Yeats said something along the lines of "Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire." If Google's any guide, it's become a staple of education-based speeches. But nothing I've found yet confirms it as Yeats. This page has apparently not been able to find a source, but then that seems to be the norm there for some reason. Most suspiciously, it's not in Bartlett's 16th Edition. Can anyone either say where this is from (whether Yeats or not) or point to something that debunks it?

posted by soyjoy on Dec 19, 2003 - 6 answers

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