Language barriers/also for beginners


NELSON MANDELA SAID: ” If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.If you speak to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” We should take these words to our hearts!

 Language is the means of getting an idea from my brain into yours without surgery! - Mark Amidon

Language is the means of getting an idea from my brain into yours without surgery! – Mark Amidon

I would really (veramente) like to recommend the following website, proposed by Larry Ferlazzo, with videos, handouts, basic dialogues or games (giochi) to English learners/students.  If you click on the link here below (qui sotto) you see the book “ESSENTIAL DIALOGUES” which you can open and read a dialogue before watching (prima di guardare) the respective video.

http://community.eflclassroom.com/page/basic-conversations?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Do you want to watch a video where you can learn how to book a hotel room? Then click here below:

http://www.englishcentral.com/video/12805/hotels

or do you want to know how to order drinks?

http://www.englishcentral.com/video/10096/ordering-drinks

or rent a car?

This website is, of course, not only for beginners or learners/students but there is also a lot of material for teachers.

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Now you can watch a funny video about the importance of languages and the misunderstandings (malintesi) that may arise because people don’t understand each other! Enjoy yourselves.

I very much hope that this material will be a challenge for my highly motivated “over 6o’ ” learners.

(Spero tanto che questo materiale può essere una sfida per i miei studenti d’inglese, molto motivati e oltre 60enni!)

Last but not least, I’ve just read on British Council that there will be clear economic risks for England in this globalized world, if the country and its citizens are not able to change their attitude towards language learning. Business people, governments, schools and parents should, therefore come together and show young and “old people” how they can reap real practical benefit in interpersonal/intercultural communications from learning a language! (This article is for people of an advanced level in English.) I hope that Swiss citizens/students will become more aware of the importance of blurilingualism and keep up or even improve their standard of flexibility which will be needed in the future in order to be or to remain successful or attractive!

Which of these languages will be the most important one in the future according to you?

Which of these languages will be the most important in the future according to you?

Which of these languages will be the most important in the future according to you?

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