So, if you want to have an international dream job, getting ready for the interview is the first important step.
First of all, we need to congratulate you for your determined attitude and energy. Choosing the best for you and your professional life by following your heart rather than your mind is not the easiest option! You have completed the hardest task (dropping what you have for something better) and now you are officially over the hump.
As the biggest traveler of all times once said “Following the light of the sun, we left the old world.” (That’s right, Christopher Columbus!), that is to say if you follow our helping guide, you will reach a new world!
Puoi immaginare quanto sarebbe bello riuscire a memorizzare centinaia di nuove parole in una sola sessione di studio? Per chi sta studiando una seconda lingua, ricordare il nuovo vocabolario può essere tanto frustrante quanto preoccupante. È quasi come nuotare in mare aperto, con addosso catene pesanti, mani legate, e… beh, hai capito, ciò che è sconosciuto spaventa, e c’è fin troppo di sconosciuto in una lingua straniera.
Non andare nel panico! Ci sono delle tecniche che possono permetterti di memorizzare praticamente tutto, e sto per illustrartene una davvero utile che potrai applicare nel tuo processo di apprendimento.
¿Se imaginan lo maravilloso que sería memorizar cientos de palabras nuevas en una sentada? Para quienes estamos en el proceso de adquirir una segunda lengua, recordar el nuevo vocabulario se puede tornar tanto frustrante como atemorizante. Es casi como nadar en mar abierto, con cadenas de una tonelada, manos atadas y… bueno, ustedes entienden, lo desconocido es intimidante, y hay muchísimo de desconocido en un idioma extranjero.
¡Que no cunda el pánico! Hay técnicas que pueden ayudarte a memorizar prácticamente cualquier cosa, y estoy a punto de recomendarte una muy útil que podrás incluir en tu proceso de aprendizaje.
Do you imagine how wonderful it would be to memorize tons of new words in a road? If you are in the process of a second language acquisition recalling the new vocabulary can be also frustrating and frighten. It is like swimming in uncharted waters, and you are swimming with heavy chains, and hands tied, and… Well, you understood, the unknown is intimidating, and there are a lot of unknowns in foreign languages.
Don’t panic! There are techniques that can help you to memorize almost anything, and I’m about to recommend you a very useful one which you can apply in your learning process.
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!’ 🙂
Jimmy Mello is a polyglot from Brazil famous for his Mello Method – an innovative approach to language learning based on speaking from day one and postponing the study of advanced grammar to later stages. His invention earned Jimmy an international renown and provided his students with a very efficient means of learning new languages. In fact, he’s recently become the endorser of VocApp, as he also believes that flashcards are an indispensable component of learning a foreign language. Watch Meaghan’s interview with Jimmy and get inspired to speak from day one!
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.
Pick up helpful tips on learning languages from the author of BrazilianGringo.com, who speaks 5 languages. In this first episode of our interview series with known polyglots, Meaghan asks Josh (among other things) about:
what works & what doesn’t?
how long does it take to learn a language?
how can you immerse yourself into a language without leaving your country?
how can you reduce a foreign accent (or actually get the native one)?
Tip: if you are not an English native speaker, you can use this interview as an interesting learning material – the video contains subtitles.
Meaghan: Hi, my name is Meaghan, and today I will be talking with Josh Plotkin. Josh runs a website and blog at BrazilianGringo.com. His website helps non-Brazilians learn Portuguese and gives tip on surviving in Brazil. Thank you, Josh, so much for talking with me today. How are you?