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What is A Language Service Provider?

language service providerThe term “Language Service Provider” or “LSP” is not a common term used. Some of the larger companies with an internal language translator division or those who work within a facility that utilizes linguists may be familiar with LSP’s but surprisingly

I have found that most individuals have no idea what an LSP is. Language Service Provider’s (LSP) are businesses that provide translation, interpretation, localization, language and cultural training services. LSP’s typically provide the following services Read More Here Language Service Provider

Teach Yourself To Speak German In 15 To 30 Minutes A Day

Is it possible to learn the German language while only investing minutes per day? It sure is, if you use the correct approach! Below are a few simple German language learning ideas that will help you to learn quickly and efficiently without the long winded training sessions. Our goal is to only spend 30 minutes a day learning.

Step 1. Make sure you immerse yourself in the language whenever possible.

Listening to a German audio lesson or to German music can also be great for pronunciation. Spend time in language forums and make friends, this will keep your motivation up. You will be amazed what you can learn when travelling on the bus or train to work each day. This step is not about concentrated study, rather this is what you can do in your free time on top of any actual learning.

Step 2. Start a course right away. This can be in your local town or online.

Procrastination will get you nowhere. Start today. Local courses can be fun, but usually are quite short and are not available during holidays, you can also find yourself limited to the level of the other students. Online courses are great for 24/7 training and to progress at your desired level. Whichever method you choose, make sure to stick with it and to not keep buying the latest greatest training tools. You need to concentrate on one thing and get proficient. I prefer to spend 15 minutes in the morning and refresh with another 15 minutes in the evening. This will allow you to have a daily routine that is able to be followed and due to the repetition in the evening, will allow you to retain what you learned in the morning session.

Step 3. If you have the opportunity to have a tandem partner, take advantage of it!

You can’t beat learning with a native speaker; make sure to tell them to correct you whenever possible. During my first year in Germany, I was participating in three tandems a week, not only did I get a grasp of the language, I started to understand the German humor and culture first hand. The idea of a tandem partner is that you take turns at teaching/supporting each other. If you are an English speaker, you can have a tandem session with a German speaker, this allows for both parties to gain something. Best of all it is free. They usually take place in a public area like a cafe and I recommend at least 45 minutes.

The above three tips are a great start. Now it is up to you to get the ball rolling!

Tips on How to Approach Learning a New Language

Learning a new language is a highly rewarding activity. it opens the door to a whole new world of possibilities: a new culture and a new way of looking at the world. New research is also demonstrating the unexpected benefits of taking on another language.

In recent years researchers have discovered that learning another language helps children in their other scholastic activities. Interestingly researchers have also revealed that continued use of a second language also slows the onset of dementia in the elderly. Learning a new language will then clearly leave people with great benefits at both ends of the age spectrum.

Here are a few general tips to help you when you start your language program. These can apply to any language but in the United States it seems that Spanish is fast becoming one of the most popular languages to learn.

Theories of language learning offer contrasting ideas of what is the best way to learn a new language. For a long time language specialists believed that total immersion in a new language with no reference to the students first language was the best way to learn.

This is a theory based on how children learn a new language which as most people have observed is almost automatic. The problem with this theory is that it tends to ignore the essential difference between the brains of children and those of adults.

Children’s brains are more flexible than those of adults. Up to a certain age children are able to pick up languages without any effort. For adults it is a different story. New research is revealing that adult learners fare better when they use knowledge they already have to process information. This means that in many cases adults do better when they are allowed to refer to the knowledge of their first language to learn the new language. They cannot simply absorb it in the way that children seem to do.

So apart from relying on their knowledge of their original language to acquire a second language what else should adult learners do when they approach a new language?

Students should expose themselves to the language in as many ways as possible. This means listening to the language, it means reading and it means speaking the language so that all three modalities will enhance their comprehension and ultimately their performance of the new language.

It is necessary to study grammar to grasp the fundamental rules of the language but the student should be encouraged to read as soon as possible. There is more benefit in reading the organic language than just endlessly repeating grammar drills with no reference to how the language is used in written and spoken form.

Perhaps the most important thing is to take action and not be afraid of making mistakes. Mistakes are natural and normal and you will be surprised how soon you start to become aware of your own mistakes and correct them. If you take the initiative and push forward you will quickly see results.

Learning Languages With Purpose

Why are you learning another language?

Before getting into any serious language study it’s imperative that you ask yourself exactly why you’re doing it.

About 7 years ago I made the decision to study French and Russian simultaneously while taking Ancient Hebrew and Koine Greek translation classes in college at the same time. I was only working a few hours a week so I convinced myself that I could handle 4 languages at once (on top of all the assignments and exams).

I remember picking up the Yellow Pages one day and phoning a few different Russian and French teachers in the area to ask about rates and having two of the teachers ask me the same question up front on the phone – what’s your reason for wanting to learn?

I didn’t have a real reason. I simply wanted to learn French and Russian.

With Koine Greek and Ancient Hebrew I had a goal. I needed to pass exams and I wanted top grades so I pushed myself hard for over 2 years doing translation and exegesis. The hard work paid off in the end and I learned both languages extremely well. Even after 5 years of not using them I haven’t lost them.

French and Russian were different. I studied both of these languages intensely for 3 months but the interest started to die off after I reached basic competence. Apart from the interest in languages and wanting to brag about how many languages I can speak, I had no real reason for learning them and in the end I gave up.

Make sure you create a purpose for your target language. If you’re like I was with French and Russian with no solid reason for learning then my advice is to make a reason. I initially started learning Arabic when I was 18 because I saw some squiggly writing on TV and thought it looked cool. I had absolutely no purpose and it wasn’t until months later that I started to come up with real reasons for learning it. I’m still pushing myself every day to achieve advanced learning goals for employment reasons.

If not for employment, come up with another reason to learn your target language. Set a travel goal or at the very least aim to broaden your understanding of another culture and make active steps to form new relationships with native speakers.

Learn with purpose.