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What is the common connection between an engineer, a doctor, a police officer, a school guidance counselor, and a corporate account manager? At the recent World Language Beyond the Classroom Day at Newtown High School in Sandy Hook, CT, it became clear that a skill in a second language was a common…
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Does it make you uncomfortable to listen to a language that you cannot speak? Research shows that hearing two languages from birth neither creates language confusion nor slows down children’s fluency. Those findings support my personal goal to raise my son to be a bilingual speaker.
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Clients often tell us that, even in countries considered to be well-known expat destinations, their assignees are surprised to find that the lack of language training is more of a hindrance than they expected. In many cases, this is because even if English is the common business language in large…
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It’s often said that Mandarin (Chinese) is one of the world’s most difficult languages to learn. It isn’t like English, whose alphabet is just used to spell out words. When speaking Mandarin, even students from our close neighbors, Japan and Korea, face big challenges, such as using the correct tone…