Body language

Don asks if we deal with body language and if we use videos. We do not address the issue of body language nor do we use videos. If you are surrounded by native speakers you may pick up some of their body language. I do not think this is something ...
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Scenarios

The other day someone asked me if we had scenarios at The Linguist. He meant do we have scripted scenarios of dialogues at the bank, at the train station etc.. I said no. The scenario approach is like so much else in language training; a vain atte...
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France

I still think back to our holiday in France. France is a wonderful country. We stayed in a little village called Brulons. We travelled by car and visited other small villages in the area of the Sarthe river. All the villages were charming. We stop...
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Travel notes

I was in Europe for much of June, in Sweden, London and then attending a conference on Language Instruction and the Corporate Sector in Duesseldorf. I also attended a wedding in Le Havre. France and then took it easy in a 500 year old house in a s...
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Audio books.

When using audio books for language improvement should you listen to the whole book? In many cases I just listen to parts of these books. It is useful to then read these same parts and then listen again. The idea is to bathe your mind with the lan...
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Japanese TV Dramas

SC asks how long it took me to be able to understand TV dramas. The answer is a long time. I still do not fully follow them after 9 years of living in Japan and using Japanese for over 30 years for business. Why? Because I rarely watch them, and I...
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English culture

I was recently in London with my wife, visiting my son and his family. One day we took our two little grandchildren to a park outside London which offered a great variety of activities for kids. There were animals, boat rides, slides, mini-golf, t...
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