• Books,  Languages

    Reading books in a foreign language

    When you are learning a new language, the moment when you start actually reading books in this language is both exciting and a little scary. It is important to prepare yourself well and choose carefully which book you want to read The benefits of reading books in a foreign language When you are learning a new language, reading a book is one of the best way to both increase your vocabulary and give you a better feeling of how the language works grammatically. If you are fond of a foreign writer, reading his or her books in their native language is a great way to understand the author’s work better:…

  • Languages

    Politics and languages

    As the American election is approaching, you can find many articles about American politics in the French and German press. I thought it could be fun to list the words which have a totally different political meaning in America and in Western Europe. Red and Blue The colors of the political parties can vary from a country to another. In America, the Republican Party has the color red, whether the Democrat party has the color blue. The color red belongs in France to the communists and in Germany to the social democrats. The color blue belong in France to the right: light blue for the moderate conservatives and dark blue…

  • Languages,  STEM

    Python projects ideas for language learners

    As part of my month of learning Spanish, I have been wondering how I could combine my language project with other learning projects that are less in focus right now.  I have been thinking about combining language learning with coding, as I want to learn to code with Python too. I finally set up a list of easy Python projects ideas for language learners. Python projects ideas for language learners Project 1: create your own Spanish-English dictionary with Python Creating a dictionary in Python is not difficult. This can just take a little time to enter all the items. You use curly brackets to create the dictionary. You can give…

  • Languages

    How to raise bilingual children

    We do speak two languages at home, French and German. The children are exposed to both languages and we are trying to figure out how to raise bilingual children. This is not always easy and we are facing difficulties. Here is the list of the problems we faced and what we are doing to solve them. 1st difficulty: language inequality I am speaking French and my husband is speaking German. According to all the advice we read about raising bilingual children, it is best when each parent speaks only its language to the children, However, this did not really work for us. My husband’s French is not as good as…

  • Languages

    How to choose which language to learn?

    Before you begin learning a new language, you have to choose which one you want to learn. This is an important decision as you are going to spend a huge amount of time working on this language. There are different ways to choose a language. Here are the main ones. Focus on career opportunities If you want to learn a language to boost your employability, you should ask yourself a few questions. It is important to consider the following things: where you are living: you will not need the same languages if you live in Europe, in North America or in Asia for instance which type of jobs are you…