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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…
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With the advent of smartphones and mobile apps, it seems that it ought to be easier than ever to learn a new language. A quick search on iTunes or Google Play reveals numerous self-paced language apps that claim any learner can “... speak Spanish in 24 hours” or “... read Japanese in a week.” But is…
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My colleague, Colleen Essid, senior in Cartus’ Language Academy,  and I recently had the good fortune to attend the International Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) conference in Toronto, where the buzz was all about how to introduce English language topics that are both…
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St. Patrick’s Day is famous for its fanfare and overindulgence in the use of the color green, with green dye even being added to food and beverages. Being of Irish heritage and growing up in the U.S., I have always decorated with the iconic shamrocks and leprechauns with their pots of gold at the…