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Welcome to our language blog.

From now on you can find our language blog here under: http://www.timefortalking.com/blog.languages.htm

Hope you enjoy it.

With best wishes
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Helping you to reach your language goals.

Posted on July 23rd, 2010 direct link to this entry

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    ~ free study tips ~

    The ABC of language learning

    STUDY TIPS:

    *Enjoy! Whatever you learn with motivation and fun is more likely to stick.

     

    *Your brain needs an interesting challenge. If like many people looking back to your school days and your language classes, causes some stress
    and not 'fun' memories, you will need to trick your brain:
    make sure you use different material to those used at school.
    For example, if you used an exercise book, make sure not to use one now.


    *Even small changes will make a difference.
    Use blank sheets of paper rather than lined one.
    Use a new pen in an unusual colour. It has to be an outstanding stimulus
    for your brain to be working most effectively, so write down
    new vocabulary in your favourite colour.


    *When learning new words use different methods:
    find out whether you learn by repeating the words out loud,
    copying them over and over again or by sound.


    *If you learn by sound, you might want to record the list of 'difficult' words with the translation onto a blank tape. Try to listen to it, just before falling asleep.
    Research has shown that some people wake up the next morning with the knowledge of those words. You might be one of them, it's worth checking out!


    *Using 'word cards' can be a fun and different way to learn new vocabulary. It's easily done and doesn't have to be an expensive venture
    (so don't immediately buy expensive cards).
    Simply fold an A4 sheet of paper in a zigzag manner.
    Then fold the rectangular shape into half and into another half once more. When opening the paper, you will have the folded lines
    to cut out nice and easy, leaving you with a perfect sized
    set of 20 cards per A4 sheet.
    Now, write onto one card, say the German word for book, i.e. das Buch,
    turn the card around and write down the English translation.
    If you are not colour blind, make up your own colour codes
    for verbs, nouns, same articles, etc.
    When you learn and check your vocabulary,
    you can now make a game out of it
    (your brain will love it and therefore take in much more, believe me!).
    Make different piles of word cards, e.g. easy, didn't know, hesitated, will never learn.... now shuffle and repeat.


    *The brilliance of word cards is also you being able to use those cards when being out and about without anybody realizing you studying, and more importantly even your brain being fooled into 'just playing a game'
    and not doing something boring or tedious. Try it!


    *If you are not colour blind, use different colours when writing things down.
    It will stimulate your brain more hence words will be learned much quicker.


    *Make sure to do some revision (going over new texts, grammar points, learning new words and revising old ones...) on a daily basis. It is a known fact that several small intervals of learning are usually more effective,
    than a 3 hour 'one-off' study period which very few people will ever repeat.


    *If you start right from the beginning of your new language learning experience, the fun will stay and it will be much easier than at a later stage, trying to cramp in missed knowledge from the start.


    *Another good tip is using visual aids in the house.
    For example, name objects around your house and put their foreign meaning on a sticky note, placed upon the item. Whenever you pass or use the teapot for instance, you will be forced to see/read the foreign language. Soon you will know the word, without having noticed the learning process.


    *If certain grammar structures seem to be impossible to grasp or to remember, write a short summary or the actual grammar point on a sticky note and place onto the mirror in the bathroom or once again next to your teapot. Whenever you brush your teeth or make a cup of tea, you can read through it. You will memorize it, without even realizing. Easy!!

     
    *Should you run out of ideas for practising sentence structuring.
    Think of certain words and try to find a definition for them in the foreign language. So carry on writing.




    Wishing you lots of fun and success finding and using your best working study method.
    Eva

    Language Coordinator, Teacher and Proprietor/Director


    http://www.languages.timefortalking.com

    © copyright Time For Talking Language Services

    Helping you to reach your language goals.

    Posted on 23rd July, 2010 in free study tips, direct link to this entry

    tags: study tips, study help, tips, language learning tips, languages, study tips, free help, language beginner, vocabulary, how to memorize vocab


    ~ free revision tips ~

    10 points to stress-free & successful
    exam revision

    1= start well in advance
    i.e. at least 3-4 months, but better even 4-5 months in advance.
    Time pressure is one of the most common stress factors and for a
    GCSE or A level exam you are likely needing to revise for more than one exam, so you will need this time.

    2= plan your revision time, scheduling short periods of studying,
    but also plan your relaxation times

    3= get moving
    Sitting down and studying is not only exhausting but also puts strain onto the body by stiffening it. So go outside, get some fresh air and do some sports' activity, like cycling, jogging or any other of your liked sports' activitiesy.
    It also helps when for example trying to memorise something rather complicated, take the notes and memorise them while walking outside around the garden, or in front of the house. It is a known fact that increasing the oxygen helps to memorise something long-term.

    4= be positive, don't fret
    It's common to stress oneself out only by thinking about the most dreadful exam scenarios. This can be avoided but thinking positively about the exams.

    5= drink enough healthy fluid
    (water, herbal teas, unsugared fruit juices) and eat well.
    Being hungry or dehydrated makes it impossible to concentrate.

    6= get support and help
    You are not alone. Join a study group or get a private tutor to help you with your revision (contact us here).

    7= like under point 1 it's not only essential to start early so you have enough time to revise, but also as you will need to find out what revision/studying technique works best for you (e.g. reading, copying, writing, summarizing, taking notes, using revision cards, listening, mind-maps, pictures etc.) and this will take time, which you will need to schedule in in addition to the actual studying time.

    8= get enough sleep
    Being overtired prevents you from being able to concentrate and
    take in your revision.

    9= plan something extra ordinarily nice for you to do after the exams
    (no matter how the exams go).

    10= just give your best
    At the end of the day by following for example this revision schedule and putting in the hours of actual studying as well, you will have done all that you can or that is possible. Bear that in mind.



    Wishing you lots of fun and success with your revision and exams.
    Eva

    Language Coordinator, Teacher and Proprietor/Director

    http://www.languages.timefortalking.com

    © copyright Time For Talking Language Services

    Helping you reach your language goals.

    Posted on 16th January 2011 in free revision tips, direct link to this entry

    tags: study tips, study help, tips, language learning tips, languages, study tips, free help, revision help, revision guide, language exams, GCSE language exam, A-level exam, GCSE exam, revision tips


     

    Your revision guide in plain words
    -back to basics-:

    *Start early and plan ahead

    *Before you start with actual exam preparation or revision,
    know your best and working 'learning technique/tricks'

    (photgraphic , short term memory)
    i.e. learning by sound, writing, copying, colours, keywords/bullet points, word maps, pictures, association etc.

    *plan your time

    *write out a schedule:
    incorporating break and fun times as well as meals and exercises, sleep

    *know the subject syllabus and the examination board's requirements

    *check the appropriate syllabus, teachers' comments on exam questions,
    to get a clear idea of all subject headings, topics, module
    that you will need to revise and know

    *depending on your short term /ultra short term memo
    - schedule your topic areas - covering them all and leaving about
    a weeks' time (or two) extra for the final revision

    *make sure after finishing with any module/topic area,
    that you apply the learned knowledge to actual exam questions

    *keep to your planned schedule

     

    ~TRAPS YOU MIGHT LIKE TO AVOID
    BEFORE FALLING INTO THEM~

    *starring onto a bookpage for hours on end
    does not result in exam knowledge whatsoever

    *just 'reading' any text won't do this either,
    unless you have a photographic memory

    *it's no use to start revision 1-3 months before exams only:
    let's face it - students are unlikely to only take exams in ONE subject ONLY plus there will be the odd days of NO study at all anyway.

     

    ~ FOR LANGUAGE LEARNING~:

    *knowing vocabulary is good

    *knowing grammar is good, too,

    but it's essential to be able to put those two together
    - ie. structuring correct sentences in adequate time (during your exam).

    *For you to be able to do this, practise this.

    *If you cannot think of any new sentences,
    just describe your room, your day, a picture, your holiday
    or try to write out definitions for words.

    ~FOR PSYCHOLOGY REVISION~:

    *knowing researchers' names and dates for studies is good

    *knowing certain studies by year is good and gives points, too

    but here it is essential to be able to apply ' research findings' to certain 'problem scenarios' that you will be confronted with in your exam papers

    *Example:
    A fear of crowded spaces... how would the different psychological approaches explain it?

    -behavioural

    -psychodynamic etc.

    *if using keywords/bulletpoints on cards is working for you,
    go through the subsections and make notes from them,

    *understand your notes and make further (shorter) notes
    from your initial ones, so at the end you will only have 1-2 cards per heading. This means that you will only be working and revising from very few cards (which is feasable shortly before an exam,
    BUT you went through a good learning process already as otherwise you weren't able to reduce the notes further and further

    *Test yourself

    ~for a study group~:
    *bounce off each other questions and TALK about the actual topic,

    *EXPLAINING topic areas to each other:
    it is a proven fact that once you are able to explain an area of study to another person , being able to answer any upcoming questions from this other person, YOU know and understood the stuff

    --this is what you will need to try to achieve

    *give yourself adequate timing in your schedule

    *practise relaxation techniques

    *get enough sleep

    *eat well and healthily

    *talk about your fears and worries
    with your friends, parents, teachers and don't bottle them up

    *do your best and it will all work very well

    SO ENJOY THIS REVISION TIME,
    BY HAVING A STRESSFREE TIME AND
    BECAUSE IT'S STILL ALWAYS NEEDED,
    GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR EXAMS.

    :-)

    AND should the worst come to the worst and it doesn't go well,
    REMEMBER IT'S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD!



    Wishing you lots of fun and success with your revision and exams.
    Eva

    Language Coordinator, Teacher and Proprietor/Director

    http://www.languages.timefortalking.com

    © copyright Time For Talking Language Services

    Helping you to reach your language goals.

    Posted on 1st August, 2010 in free revision tips, direct link to this entry

    tags: study tips, study help, tips, language learning tips, languages, study tips, free help, vocabulary, how to memorize vocab, revision help, revision guide, psychology exam revision, psychology A level, psychology AS level, psychology exams, language exams,
    psychology A-level, GCSE language exam, psychology AS-level, psychology A2-level


     

    ~ language videos ~

     

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    http://www.youtube.com/LanguagesTFT

    Enjoy watching.

    Eva

    Language Coordinator, Teacher and Proprietor/Director

    http://www.languages.timefortalking.com

    © copyright Time For Talking Language Services

    Helping you to reach your language goals.

    Posted on 26th July, 2010 in language videos, direct link to this entry

    tags: language videos, study help, tips, language learning, languages, learning,
    language beginner
    , Spanish tuition, French tuition, Spanish online lessons, French online lessons


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    Posted on 23rd July, 2010 in course material, direct link to this entry

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    language beginner, vocabulary, textbooks


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    ~ vocabulary ~

    E-guide to help you with your language learning:

    Eva, our teaching expert, has put together an e-guide,
    to assist you with:

    "Overcoming any struggles in learning a foreign language"

    The e-guide contains the following chapters:
    ^ ^ ^Congratulations !!!
    ^ ^ ^Motivation
    ^ ^ ^How To Study
    ^ ^ ^Remembering Vocabulary
    ^ ^ ^Understanding Grammar
    ^ ^ ^Lacking Grammar Practice
    ^ ^ ^Lacking Conversational Practice
    ^ ^ ^Effort & Continuity
    ^ ^ ^How To Improve From a Higher Level

    Though Eva is a teacher for German and Psychology,
    this e-guide is applicable for any language.

    You can purchase it here.



    Hope this e-guide will assist you with your language studies.
    Eva

    Language Coordinator, Teacher and Proprietor/Director

    http://www.languages.timefortalking.com

    © copyright Time For Talking Language Services

    Helping you to reach your language goals.

    Posted on 9th June, 2011 in vocabulary, direct link to this entry

    tags: study help, how to, how to study a language, how to learn a foreign language, how to improve your language skills, self-study, studying a language

     

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    ~ language learning ~

    Why learn a foreign language?

    Knowledge of another languages -
    An investment in your future.

    Knowledge of foreign languages is becoming more and more an essential tool
    in today's business world.

    This is especially true in Europe.

    All over Europe more and more people learn to speak more than 3 languages.

    Working abroad has become a regular necessity.

    Many ordinary job descriptions require another language.

    Who would not like to experience the 'real' culture of a country during their holidays.

    Speaking another language helps
    **to understand the culture,
    **it promotes communication and friendship,
    **it can enhance one's chances on the job market,
    **and can also lead to better business connections and business deals.

    Don't put it off, start learning today for your new future.



    Have a good day.
    Eva

    Language Coordinator, Teacher and Proprietor/Director

    http://www.languages.timefortalking.com

    © copyright Time For Talking Language Services

    Helping you to reach your language goals.

    Posted on 17th October 2010 in language learning , direct link to this entry

    tags:language learning, languages, learning, motivation, languages for business,
    corporate language learning
    , language beginner

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    Tips to improve your language skills

    When having reached a certain language in a new language it can be a bit difficult to improve ones skills and mainly the vocabulary knowledge.

    Here are some useful tips for improving your language skills for the advanced learner,
    i.e. for students at a higher knowledge level already:

    - watch TV in the language
    Children's programmes are useful for easy watching, normal movies will be a bit more challenging. It always helps to watch a movie that you know already, this way you will not be struggleing to understand the plot and can therefor focus on each line.

    Very important:
    Only watch movies that are originally made in the language you are studying, as when learning it is still helpful to be able to follow the lip movements as well.
    Naturally this won't be possible if you are watching a movie in its dubbed version.

    Advice:
    While still learning the language stay clear from comedy shows that you might have seen in your own language already. Humour in general is a very much country orientated and
    so it always differs immensely. Thus watching a show that you might
    have found funny, will not necessarily make you laugh
    when watching it in the original version.
    Also for really understand the funny ways of using the language with word puns etc. requires a pretty much fluent level of the language already,
    so it's not good to start off with that while you are still studying.

    Practical tips:

    for many languages receiving their equivalent TV stations isn't difficult.
    Just use an analogue satellite receiver and dish and tune into the chosen language.
    Where this isn't possible due to country restrictions, the internet can help to still be able to watch foreign TV via your computer.

    -read books in the language
    Reading books in the foreign language is a fantastic way to improve on vocabulary and also to get to grips with colloquial phrases etc.
    First advantage of reading is that this will be done at your own individual pace,
    so it's not as fast pace as watching a movie.
    Furthermore it's easier as reading is always easier than listening.
    It is a known fact that listening, say in a phone call is the most advanced level of understanding a language. Finally you will be able to familiarise yourself
    with the correct spelling of words, as you see the written way.

    - listen to the radio in the foreign language

    Listening to a radio station in the language you are studying can be a helpful aid in improving ones skills as well. Though like in a phone call this is the most advanced level, it still helps. Also with an advanced/higher knowledge level already you will also just improve your passive knowledge by just letting the radio run in the background.
    It's an 'easy' and convenient way to work on the language, as you'll be able to
    do something else at the same time as well,i.e. two activities for one :-).

    Give it a try.



    Hope you find the ideas helpful and interesting.
    Eva

    Language Coordinator, Teacher and Proprietor/Director

    http://www.languages.timefortalking.com

    © copyright Time For Talking Language Services

    Helping you to reach your language goals.

    Posted on 30th September 2010 in language learning , direct link to this entry

    tags: study help, tips, language learning, languages, learning, grammar, motivation,
    language beginner, vocabulary, textbooks

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    Why grammar learning is so essential?

    Starting to learn the grammatical structures of any new language
    right from the start is so very important.

    Many people make the mistake in thinking that knowing a few phrases alone, will enable them to become fluent in the language.
    However without grammar this can never be the case,
    as grammar is so absolutely essential when speaking a language.
    The earlier one starts to memorize certain grammatical endings, cases, changes, etc. the more easier it will be to
    a) sustain and improve that knowledge
    but also
    b) to speak at a very high level
    and
    c) to be able to speak the language fluently at some stage at all.


    Language fluency is a combination of using words ( vocabulary knowledge), in certain structures or with certain endings etc. ( grammar).

    Many people have an almost innate aversion when it comes
    to even just the 'word' grammar.
    It seems to inflict pain or at least major boredom onto us.
    The reason for this lies simply in the fact that very unfortunately
    many main stream schools don't focus on grammar,
    and if they do include alot of grammar, they are teaching it without any fun.

    But during language learning the fun aspect is a key factor in learning successfully. As only with fun will motivation stay alive during the language learning process and often main stream school teachers forget to keep up the fun when teaching their pupils to study and memorize
    grammatical endings etc.

    As this for many of us has been a past experience, it is only natural to perceive grammar as something one 'shouldn't even think about'.

    Still very unfortunately grammar cannot be left out of
    the language learning process I am afraid,
    BUT it is possible to study and learn grammar
    with alot of fun and motivation.

    There are many grammar learning activities (games)
    one can play in a small group, or in the classroom or even alone.
    By making a game out of the studying process of grammar memorizing
    activities, we do not even recognize the activity as a chore
    and therefor our motivation is on a high. Our brain cells take in much more
    of the learned information and we do not feel as if we 'studied' at all.

    So the first step is to overcome the anxiety about the 'issue grammar'
    we have in us from bad or boring past experiences
    and then just dive in with lots of fun activities.

    You will be surprised how much quicker and much more successfully
    you'll be able to learn any grammar points.

    Have an open mind and give it a try.

    In this blog I will be sharing alot of my own successfully applied
    and always fun orientated teaching experience.



    Hope you find it helpful and interesting.
    Eva

    Language Coordinator, Teacher and Proprietor/Director

    http://www.languages.timefortalking.com

    © copyright Time For Talking Language Services

    Helping you to reach your language goals.

    Posted on 26th September 2010 in language learning , direct link to this entry

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    Language activities during the holidays

    During any holiday times it is not that difficult to incorporate
    some language revision or exercises as well.

    • set a little role-play for your child/children and their friends
      and let them (and yourself) become foreign speaking actors.

    • let your child/children make their own game of 'pairs', using painted pictures, or collages and the applicable translated word on the cards, too. This way your children get confronted with the foreign words
      but in a relaxed and fun setting. When playing the game, have the children read out the foreign words on the cards as well.

    • organize a foreign barbecue, let everyone bring specialities from different countries, and each guest need to know 10 foreign words and two sentences in the country's language of their brought food. Then each guest needs to teach those words and sentences to the other guests.

    • having to face a rainy day with the children being at home and bored?
      Organize a viewing of some foreign children's programs, via the internet or with a satellite dish.

    * There are many things and activities where
    a foreign language can be incorporated.

    * The importance isn't so much the activity
    but taking away the 'fear and stress factor' that often
    surrounds the topic of foreign languages and the learning of it.

    *By working foreign languages into your daily routine and fun activities,
    it will increase the motivation and the language knowledge
    improvements as well.

    Try it yourself :-)



    Hope you find the ideas helpful and interesting.
    Eva

    Language Coordinator, Teacher and Proprietor/Director

    http://www.languages.timefortalking.com

    © copyright Time For Talking Language Services

    Helping you to reach your language goals.

    Posted on 29th June 2011in language learning , direct link to this entry

    tags: languages, language learning, holiday language activities, using languages during holidays, language tuition, language revision, language revision help, children holidays activities with languages

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    ~ languages ~

    Language Coordinator, Teacher and Proprietor/Director

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    Posted on 26th September, 2011 in language videos, direct link to this entry

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    ~ travelling ~

    Find out travelling reasons for learning:

    Eva

    Language Coordinator, Teacher and Proprietor/Director

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    Helping you reach your language goals.

    Posted on 26th September, 2011 in language videos, direct link to this entry

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    ~ foreign cultures ~

    Christmas traditions all over the world:

    Following is a brief list of some countries and their christmas traditions:

    Australia:
    - celebrated very similar to christmas in the UK and North America
    - only main difference is that on the 25th December due to it being high summer down under, so it's traditional to hold a barbecue on the beach then.
    - The highest Christmas tree of the southern hemisphere can be found in Sydney.
    It's a 26 metres high artificial tree with over 20.000 small lights.

    Germany:
    6th December - Saint Nicholas day (German : Nikolaus) =
    -In the night of the 5th December children put their shoes in front of their beds.
    In the morning of the 6th December Saint Nicholas will have put gifts
    (small toys, sweets or fruit) into the shoes.
    -Traditionally people will dress up as Saint Nicholas and visit children.
    During this visit the procedure of checking for good or bad kids will take place.
    For this Saint Nicholas will be checking in a large golden book, that he will have brought with him. Children will have prepared something for his visit, like to recite a poem or something similar. With such activity children can 'counteract or work off' any possible naughty behaviour they displayed over the year, as Saint Nicholas will be referring to those, i.e. in April you didn't tidy your room or similar. Then children receive presents from him.
    -Really traditionally Saint Nicholas will be accompanied by the farmhand Rupert or servant Rupert (German : Knecht Ruprecht) who is there to show some powerful presence as he will bring a rod with him, for possible punishment. Though of course this isn't followed through.

    24th December - Christmas Eve (German: Heilig Abend) =
    -opening of the presents in the evening, after a big meal is eaten.
    Traditionally potatoe salad with frankfurter sausages or carp fish is served,
    but each family will have their own chosen Christmas Eve meal.
    -Decorating of the christmas tree will traditionally be done on the 24th December
    during daytime.
    -Often people place a crib depicting the nativity scene underneath
    the christmas tree as well.
    -This day is rather family orientated, so usually families tend to be among themselves only.

    25th December =
    -nothing special apart from a big lunch will take place.
    Traditionally roast goose or turkey with dumplings and red cabbage will be eaten.

    26th December =
    -nothing special apart from a big lunch will take place again.
    The remains from the meal the day before will be served.
    -All shops and stores remain closed.
    -Often a family walk is taken together.
    -Traditionally this would be the day to meet up with friends.

    Greece:
    -For christmas children go through the streets with drums and bells, singing praising songs (Greek : Kalanda). They receive gifts for this.
    -To protect oneself against leprechauns (Greek: Kalikanzari) during 12 nights christmas fires are lid.
    -In the night of the 1st January saint Vassilius puts presents in front of the children's beds.
    -Traditionally families bake a cake and place a golden coin into the dough.
    Whoever finds that coin in their piece of cake is meant to be having a very happy new year.

    Finland:
    Tradition here is a visit to a sauna on Christmas Eve.
    The traditional meal on that night is the 'baked Swede' which is a festive meal with pork
    .

    France:
    -The main event here is the Christmas dinner called 'Le Reveillon'.
    -Traditionally the entire family also attends the midnight mass.

    Italy:
    -The main focus with regards to christmas decorations is placed here onto the crib
    depicting the nativity scene (Italian : Presepio).
    -Presents are given out on Christmas Eve in the order of people drawing numbers for their presents out of a sack.
    6th January - an ugly, old witch (Italian : Befana) carrying a broomstick visits children and brings gifts for the good ones and pieces of coal for the naughty ones.

    Mexico:
    - During the christmas period busy streets with fireworks (Spanish : posadas) are typical here.
    - Children's highlight is the (Spanish: pinata). This is a clay vessel suspended from above,
    so that children, who are blindfolded, can break it by knocking onto it with sticks to release its contents.

    Netherlands:
    - Traditionally the 5th December is celebrated with gifts brought by (Dutch: Sinterklaas and zwarte Piet) [similar to the German tradition of Saint Nicholas.

    25th December =
    is more seen as a religious festivity than anything else.

    New Zealand:
    - celebrated very similar to christmas in the UK and North America
    - only main difference is that on the 25th December due to it being high summer down under, so it's traditional to hold a barbecue on the beach then.

    Sweden:
    The most important day in the christmas period is the 13th December,
    the day of the Saint Lucia. She brings light into the dark.
    In the morning of the Lucia-Day, the oldest daugher of each family dresses up as Saint Lucia and walks through the house, waking the rest of the family, traditionally carrying a wreath of candles on her head and giving out Lucia cakes and cookies.

    Scandinavia:
    -Christmas hobbits are known around here.
    -They stem from the 'Jul celebration' which is a harvesting / winter tradition,
    during which 'Jul beer' is served. The celebration ends on 13th January with a big party.

    UK and North America:
    24th December =
    stockings are hung up for Santa Claus to fill when bringing the presents overnight
    25th December =
    opening of the presents during the morning hours

    UK:
    25th December =
    - wearing of paper crowns during dinner.
    The crown hats usually come from the UK’s traditional Christmas cracker which is pulled – tug-o-war style - by two people, with crackers usually containing a toy, a joke and the crown style hat.

    Other countries:
    24th December =
    In all German speaking countries, but also Argentina, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal and the nordic countries, the christmas gifts are handed out during the evening of christmas eve


    Wishing you lots of fun no matter wherer and how you will celebrate christmas this year.
    Eva

    Language Coordinator, Teacher and Proprietor/Director

    http://www.languages.timefortalking.com

    © copyright Time For Talking Language Services

    Helping you to reach your language goals.

    Posted on 8th Decmeber, 2010 in free study tips, direct link to this entry

    tags:christmas, christmas traditions, christmas in Germany, christmas in Mexico, christmas in Greece, christmas in the UK, christmas in the Netherlands, christmas in New Zealand, christmas in Australia, christmas in Italy, christmas festivities, christmas throughout the world


     

    ~ sightseeing ~

    Find out some sightseeing information for countries
    you speak the following languages in
    :

    Eva

    Language Coordinator, Teacher and Proprietor/Director

    http://www.languages.timefortalking.com

    © copyright Time For Talking Language Services

    Helping you reach your language goals.

    Posted on 26th September, 2011 in language videos, direct link to this entry

    tags: learning Dutch, learning Italian, learning Japanese, learning Spanish, learning Russian, learning Norwegian, learning French, sightseeing in Holland, sightseeing in Belgium, sightseeing in Italy, sightseeing in Japan, sightseeing in Norway, sightseeing in Russia, sightseeing in Spain, sightseeing in Argentina


     

    ~ online tuition ~

    Online tuition such a valuable, economical as well as eco-friendly way of learning a foreign language.

    But as there are still many misconceptions about online tuition,
    thus let me explain how online tutoring with us works exactly:


    Online learning with us is as interactive as any classical tuition,
    as it's learning via video conference.
    It has the great benefit of both student/s and tutor staying at their own homes during lesson times, hence with no travel having to be considered,
    saving immensely on cost and time as well.

    Also as tutors don't have to be living near clients, our facilities to check for available tutors are much greater, as we have tutors world-wide.
    And because of this it increases the chance of having a tutor available
    to start tutoring straight away.

    Tuition would be held 'at the computers',
    i.e. by using a (fast) broadband internet connection,
    a software (free to download),
    using a headset or a microphone & speakers instead, and also webcams,
    so the students can see the tutor
    as well as the tutor seeing you during lessons.
    Thus making the entire lesson absolutely interactive which
    doesn't then differ to sitting in the same room as the tutor;

    as it's 100% interactive, with 100% vision and 100% audio/sound.
    And as the software we use also has the feature of
    writing things down, and sharing files, it doesn't even lack in receiving an exercise sheet in the lesson from the teacher, nor writing skills.

    The tuition time is booked absolutely identical to classical tuition,
    but the tutor would just not welcoming and meeting you in his or her home
    or you welcoming the tutor in your home, and sitting down at a table,
    but instead welcoming and meeting you at your computer via web cam
    (from your computer at your or his home to the computer at the tutor's home).

    Regarding equipment, it just has to be noted, that the webcam needs to be compatible to use with 'Skype Video' (most, even basic ones always are though), plus laptops usually have in-built webcams anyway.

    As mentioned above the tuition would be held 'at the computers',
    i.e by both student and tutor sitting in front of their computers,
    both in the convenience of their own homes.

    The software we use and have best results with, is the 'Skype' software,
    which is free to download under www.skype.com
    ( there just click on the 'download now' button).
    After downloading the software, we would only need to know your Skype name (which works like your personal 'Skype phone number'),
    so the tutor could 'Skype call' you for lessons - it's really that simple.


    Online tuition with us:
    the economical and eco-friendly way of learning a foreign language.


    We offer online tuition for languages
    and also in preparation for Psychology (A-level/University) exams.


    Hope the above helped you to get a better understanding and insight
    about online tuition with timefortalking.
    Eva

    Language Coordinator, Teacher and Proprietor/Director


    http://www.languages.timefortalking.com

    © copyright Time For Talking Language Services

    Helping you to reach your language goals.

    Posted on 8th August, 2010 in online tuition, direct link to this entry

    tags:online tuition, on-line, on line learning, online teaching, online language tuition, online teacher, online tutor, video conference, webcam, skype, languages


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    ~ miscellaneous ~

    Why learn a new language:

    Knowledge of another languages - an investment in your future.

    ^Knowledge of foreign languages
    is becoming more and more essential in today's business world.

    This is especially true in Europe.

    ^All over Europe more and more people learn to speak
    more than 3 languages.

    ^Working abroad has become a regular necessity.

    ^Many ordinary job descriptions require another language.

    ^Who would not like to experience the 'real' culture of a country
    during their holidays?

    ^Speaking another language helps to understand the cultrue,

    ^it promotes communication and friendship,

    ^it can enhance one's chances on the job market, and

    ^can also lead to better business connections and business deals.

    Don't put it off, start today for your new future.



    We can help you achieve your language goals.

    Eva

    Language Coordinator, Teacher and Proprietor/Director

    http://www.languages.timefortalking.com

    © copyright Time For Talking Language Services

    Helping you to reach your language goals.

    Posted on 16th March, 2011 in miscellaneous, direct link to this entry

    tags: why learn a foreign language, languages in business, working abroad, holidays, understanding the culture abroad, Europe, CV, career


     

    Did you know...

    …many people stop learning a language due to lack of motivation?
    Ø At timefortalking we put the fun back into language learning.


    …schools and colleges often only offer a very strict course to follow?

    Ø At timefortalking we offer totally flexible courses tailored
    to your needs and availability.


    ...other language agencies only have strict business hours
    Mon-Fri?
    Ø At timefortalking we are there for you every day of the year.


    ...other language agencies only offer tuition at their premises
    or at your home
    , always being restricted to certain areas only?
    Ø As we are also offering online tuition at timefortalking we haven't got these restrictions, as with us you can always take your language course via online tuition, where the client's location isn't even a factor to consider.
    Read further details on our online tuition facility here.


    …many students forget what they have learned
    when pausing their tuition due to holidays etc. ?

    Ø At timefortalking we can offer you uniquely prepared tapes
    to cover any periods where you do not take any lessons.


    …lots of schools take a long time to get organized?
    Ø At timefortalking we are confident we're one of the most reliable &
    efficient language services. Due to email communication for contracts etc. the language tuition can start very quickly if needed.


    …some people think there are only European language teachers around?

    Ø At timefortalking we offer all languages.


    …many people still think speaking English
    will be sufficient in today's business world?

    Ø At timefortalking we know that all over Europe most people learn to speak over 3 languages, giving them a major advantage with business deals.


    Don't miss out start your language tuition now.

    Your determination today with lead to your language success tomorrow.
    Eva

    Language Coordinator, Teacher and Proprietor/Director

    http://www.languages.timefortalking.com

    © copyright Time For Talking Language Services

    Helping you to reach your language goals.

    Posted on 13th March, 2011 in miscellaneous, direct link to this entry

    tags: facts about language learning , language tapes, languages in todays business world,
    European languages


     

    The eco-friendly search engine alternative

    We have switched from using Google to using the eco-friendly search engine Ecosia:
    www.ecosia.co.uk
    www.ecosia.us
    www.ecosia.org
    etc.

    Ecosia is an independent, non-profit website. At least 80% of their search income
    goes to a rainforest protection program run by WWF, which uses this money for the sustainable protection of rainforests.
    Each web search saves about 2 m² of rainforest for free.
    They already protected 178,480,241 m².

    Ecosia is an eco-friendly internet search engine backed by Yahoo, Bing and the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF).
    All Ecosia servers run on green electricity, so they do not cause any CO2 emissions.

    Furthermore Ecosia helps to protect our privacy
    by deleting all user related data within 48 hours.
    They also don't analyze our searches, nor sell user information.

    So even if the choice for Ecosia isn't because of their eco-friendlyless
    and their WWF support etc., the privacy is alot better than with Google for example.

    You can also install the Ecosia search box into your browser,
    saving you to always have to type in the Ecosia webpage. Once you have installed Ecosia, you can also see how much rainforest you have already saved.

    Really well worth checking out and saving the environment while doing so.


    Enjoy
    your perhaps new search engine experience.
    Eva

    Language Coordinator, Teacher and Proprietor/Director


    http://www.languages.timefortalking.com

    © copyright Time For Talking Language Services

    Helping you to reach your language goals.

    Posted on 29th September, 2010 in miscellaneous, direct link to this entry

    tags:languages , search engines, WWF, Bing, Yahoo, Ecosia


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