There’s no way of escaping exams, so it’s really important for students to find efficient ways to revise the information they’ve learnt. Revision is extremely important, since it enables students to observe their progress and get a high score. Therefore, you’re about to see some guidelines that should be applied by all students interested in revising efficiently.Continue reading “Effective online education revision techniques”
Country of originIt is important to note that in some countries, learning a language is a fairly natural process. For those minority countries that don’t have either a power language or a widely spoken language as their native tongue it’s an essential process they need to go through in order to succeed and be able to travel internationally, something English speakers tend to take for granted when they go abroad. Therefore there are children for whom it is natural to be bilingual or even trilingual due to that being common in their society or country. To give an example those living in Sweden, Norway or other European countries learn their native tongue just as we do, but for them, in addition to speaking Swedish or Norwegian fluently, they will also be fluent English speakers as this is a traditional part of growing up and part of the norm. In fact, this also occurs in Korea, India, and even China – we are quite unique in the United Kingdom where this is not the case.
AgeWhen you are younger you have far more of an affinity to learn a second or third language – when you are an adult it becomes much harder. Therefore Europeans that are used to learning languages are likely to find it far easier to pick them up than an English person would.
Natural talentLet’s do not forget natural talent. Some people – myself not included – naturally pick up and remember new verbs, nouns, and sentence construction patterns. All of these points will impact how easy one finds it to become bilingual.
Self-motivationArguably the most important factor is enthusiasm. You can have a terrific ability to pick up languages, speak, interpret and translate them however if you don’t enjoy learning your chosen language, chances are you won’t go the whole distance. For home study especially, a lot of self-motivation is required – if you don’t enjoy what you’re learning, chances are you’re not going to learn it!
Language distanceThis concept is fascinating and it brings together how closely one language is linked to another. To give an example, Dutch as a language is fairly close to English in terms of its words, patterns and expressions whilst Vietnamese and Somalian have a huge distance from English. The tools used to formulate these results are called cognates, measurements that look at language similarities to determine how close one language is to another and how easy it will be to learn.
The Answer!So, language distance is a big factor as is personal ability, intrinsic motivation and enthusiasm, upbringing, culture, country of origin and even age. However, if you do speak English, if you are an adult and if you haven’t learned a second language apart from those obligatory lessons at school the hardest language for you to learn is…Japanese. There is an interesting infographic online here about learning Japanese and with its four scripts and totally different alphabet it’s easy to see why this gets the title – however, it’s extremely common for Japanese people to speak English, so it can be done! About the Author: Emma is fairly good at Spanish and can just about get by on her annual trip to Mallorca! For the more complex language services she requires, she recommends using the professional translators at LanguageNow.
- Local and state governments dramatically decrease their funds for libraries and other financial models user pays, known as McLibrary.
- Users changing from the young to the aged OR from the aged to the young.
- Libraries as examples of “green”, developing cradle to grave green technologies for books and for facilities design.
- The library as a place for escape from a chaotic world. For example: the Slow Movement: slow time, slow learning or slow everything, as the world quickens and moves to hyper-time and culture, the libraries find niches providing places of quietness and calm.
- The librarian as digital avatar, interacting with users, learning about their changing needs, and in longer term, organizing our memories.
- The off-shore Call-Centre library.
- Death of the book in its traditional sense- continuing emergence of new media formats: e-books and audible books