Nowadays more and more people are eager to work in an international environment!
Think about it: how easy is it to have a Skype interview, get a contract, get a plane and settle your life somewhere else?! We can definitely say that in the 21st century our career path is not limited to one country. We are willing to go over the geographical borders and look for better opportunities somewhere else in the world, we look for new exciting experiences, a better CV, broader views and better language skills.
However, although it seems quite easy to find a job abroad, it might not be as easy to adapt to a new, foreign working environment. Why? Well, because we might know the second language well, but we simply have never used it in a formal context, or we lack work vocabulary. How to manage such situation then? How to learn quickly and efficiently to speak a second language in a new workplace?
“Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache”
Many people think that German is the most complicated and difficult language to learn. Perhaps you’re one of them? That’s why today we’re going to give you a few reasons to see things differently.
So here’s some information that might help you change your mind.
Not many people know that German is the most widely spoken mother tongue in Europe! Indeed, it is used by nearly 100 million people. German is also the official language in several European countries such as Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and even in the Italian region of South Tyrol. This could be very interesting for those who love to travel.
British and American Cinematography: more than art, it is culture.
Lights, camera, action! The first three words used in a cinematographic studio. Have you ever thought why cinematography is so important for some people? It is so important because it is part of their culture. Cinematography opens a world of possibilities, since it recreates thousands of aspects of daily life and also unreal aspects. It brings color, feelings, music and even flavors and smells that make you belong to the scene. This means that, cinema is the most powerful weapon in life due to its influence on people and the good lessons some films teach. When we talk about cinematography and cinema, we are referring to the art in general, from the recreation of the images to the representation of them in the screen.
Audrius is yet another brilliant person we met at this year’s Polyglot Gathering in Berlin. Being an expert in many fields, including environmental sciences and languages, he is a true 21st-century renaissance man 🙂 Check out our interview in which he talks about how to overcome stagnation and how languages can influence your life.
Have you heard of Italki yet? If not, you definitely should! Italki was one of the sponsors of this year’s Polyglot Gathering in Berlin. Ivan, who represented the company during the event, told us about some of the ideas behind Italki and the company’s plans for the future. Check it out!
VocApp: Hi Ivan, thank you for giving us your time to do this little interview. Ivan works for Italki, a language company that provides its user with the ability to connect with language speakers all over the world. Ivan my first question is, your platform is an excellent tool for communicating with language enthusiasts all over the world, but do you think it is also efficient at the very beginning of the learning process when most of us are still very stressed about speaking?
Recently, we’ve had the pleasure of exchanging our insights on learning languages with Simone, who is as passionate about them as we are 🙂 Check out our interview and take your language learning to the next level!
VocApp: Is it true that knowing languages makes travelling easier?
Simone: You bet it does! Knowing languages makes travelling a lot easier especially in those countries where English is not spoken (or at least not that much). A good example can be Italy, my motherland, where not everyone working on railway stations speaks fluent English, especially if you go out of the big cities. I know it’s always challenging for tourists who need information. On the other hand, Italians are known to make themselves understood just by using their hand gestures, so the tourists can rest assured 😉 I’d also like to add that knowing languages not only makes travelling easier but it enriches your travel experience a lot. If I think about my solo trip to South America it wouldn’t have been the same without being able to speak Spanish. The locals were really open with me and I was even invited for lunch or dinner a few times. I really had a full immersion in the local culture, both in Argentina and Chile, and got to know much more about their traditions thanks to the language.
You want to learn a language but you don’t have time? I’m about to prove you wrong! You can achieve your goal with the help of your daily activities. Thanks to that you will not only improve your Spanish, German or whatever you’re learning, but also make your day more interesting. Below is a list of 14 daily activities that will give you up to 4 hours of language learning every day.
For many of us, using Facebook is as obvious as breathing. Because we know it so well, it is time we changed the language of the interface to the one we’re currently learning. There are dozens of options, starting with such “mundane” languages as French, German, or Spanish through gems such as Pirate English, where the ‘Like’ button changes to ‘Arr!’ 🙂
Most times it is a good idea to open a post with an anecdote, especially if it originates from such a fantastic event as Polyglot Gathering Berlin 2015.
We were very lucky. We had just scheduled an interview with Richard Simcott and were headed for the nearby park where we could sit and talk. But first we had to take the lift to the ground floor. With us were other participants of the Polyglot Gathering 2015. We jokingly said that Richard was as popular among the polyglots who had come to Berlin as the Pope was among catholics. Suddenly, one of the men seized his hand screaming “Papa!”(Italian for “Pope”) and kissed it.
Can external motivation transform into passion? How to use 60 minutes to study effectively? Alex Rawlings, “Britain’s most multilingual student” and organiser of polyglot workshops shares his experience with learning foreign languages. Watch and find out!
VocApp.com: All right Alex. Thank you very much for giving us your precious time. Can we just start by telling our viewers who you are, what you do and why we were so happy to trace you down to the conference for the interview.
Alex Rawlings: Three years ago in 2012 I won a competition by Harper Collins, the publishers, which was trying to find Britain’s most multilingual student. I was tested for fluency in eleven different languages by native speakers and I was given the prize. Back then I was studying German and Russian at Oxford, I’ve since left Oxford and I’m now living in Budapest, where I’m learning Hungary and teaching, English, German and Russian.
Benny Lewis gave us a bunch of simple, yet very useful tips on how to learn languages.
He knows very well what he is talking about: at the age of 21 he spoke only English — now he speaks more than 12 languages. Today the author of Fluent in 3 Months is one of the most famous polyglots in the world!
Watch our interview from Polyglot Gathering Berlin 2015 and find out:
when to start speaking a language
how to make learning your leisure activity
why it is important to make mistakes
how to immerse in a new culture without leaving your country
whether one size fits all when it comes to learning methods
VocApp.com: Hi Benny, I’m very, very happy that you managed to find time for us. I perfectly know who you are, but can you please just start by telling our viewers who you are and what you do, and why we are so happy that we managed to meet here.