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How to improve your language skills?

How to improve your language skills?

Everyone knows that when we finish secondary school even if we have learnt various languages, we feel bad at French, Spanish, German, Italian or another language. Here, you will find some advice to know how to get fluent in languages and how to memorise vocabulary.

Language bases

As it was previously mentioned, admittedly we are not good at languages leaving high school, for all that we are not starting from scratch. A lot of parameters are taken into account to get fluent in languages. As we can notice in classes, we have to practice the 5 language skills which include written and oral comprehension, written and oral expression and culture awareness. Usually, oral expression is the least practised language skill whereas it is fundamental to improve language skills. read more

Vocapp Vibes: Language and Culture (#10- Cyprus)

Vocapp Vibes: Language and Culture (#10- Cyprus)

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CYPRUS ??

For the tenth episode of our humble podcast, we are joined by our Cypriot guest Maria. Yes, you have read it right! lol. Maybe shes’s the first Cypriot you ever listened to in your life. She brought her unique critical mindset that allowed us to discuss many topics like:

    • The life in Cyprus
    • Traveling in Cyprus
    • Political wire topics
    • Cypriot Dialect  
    • The most important: almost an hour of positive vibes and talks
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  • Vocapp Vibes: Language and Culture (#9- Poland)

    Vocapp Vibes: Language and Culture (#9- Poland)

    You have probably seen that joke before when a Polish dude goes to the eye doctor. The bottom line of the eye chart has the letters:C Z Y N Q S T A S Z. The Optometrist asks „Can you read this?” and the Dude replies „Read it?” „I know the guy!” For the ninth episode of our humble podcast, we are joined by our Polish guest Olga Żabska, to show that Poland and its language is much more than those hard words or names. We’ll be talking about:

    • Polish Language
    • Polish culture through the eyes of a native.
    • Curiosities about Poland
    • Personal Stories
    •  Travel tips and positive vibes

    You don’t want to miss this, press play to listen now!
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    Vocapp Vibes: Language and Culture (#8- Spain,Romania and Ukraine)

    Vocapp Vibes: Language and Culture (#8- Spain,Romania and Ukraine)

    ATTENTION LISTENERS THIS WEEK’S PODCAST IS FULL OF CULTURE AND POSITIVE VIBES !!

    For the eight episode of our humble podcast we are joined by our Multicultural guest Aria, who’s a Romanian-born Ukranian computer programmer in Spain! Yes, you actually have read it right! lol . She likes to call herself more spanish than tapas and brought her unique critical mindset that allowed us discuss many topics like:

      • The life of a Romanian in Spain
      • The truth behind ” Woman being a computer programmer”
      • Political wire topics
      • Spanish music 
      • Erasmus life in Serbia
      • The most important: almost an hour of positive vibes and talks

      You don’t want to miss this, press play to listen now!

      Listen to the previous and new episodes on:

      Spotify 

      iTunes

      Stitcher Radio read more

    Vocapp Vibes: Language and Culture (#7-Southern Italy Edition)

    Vocapp Vibes: Language and Culture (#7-Southern Italy Edition)

    Good Life my listeners!!! Today’s episode is an answer to the second episode where we talked about Italy and we figured out many differences between the South and the North part of the country. Since our guest in the second episode was from the North, we are now interested in hearing a voice from the South! With help from our guest Christian, we’ll be talking about:

    • Southern Italian Dialect words
    • Southern Italian culture through the eyes of a native.
    • Curiosities and stereotypes from Southern Italy
    • Personal Stories
    • Italian songs, Football, Travel tips and positive vibes

    There are so many things to discover about the Italian culture, that we don’t know where to start! But you should definitely start with our podcast…
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    How to speak a second language fluently at work

    How to speak a second language fluently at work

    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? read more

    Get ready for the upcoming German week!Los! Abfahrt, Leute!

    Get ready for the upcoming German week!Los! Abfahrt, Leute!

    “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. read more

    British and American Cinematography: more than art, it is culture.

    British and American Cinematography: more than art, it is culture.

    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. read more

    Combining Numerous Passions: Interview with Audrius

    Combining Numerous Passions: Interview with Audrius

    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.

    Italki: Become Fluent in Any Language

    Italki: Become Fluent in Any Language

    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? read more