Learning Languages


Learning a language can be overwhelming, partly because there is never an end to it.  There are many styles and techniques out there, so how to choose one?  I have been a language teacher for more than 20 years, and if there is one thing I learned, is that everyone learns differently.  So, here is the big secret everybody wants to know.  The best technique to learn a language is the one that works for you!  It sounds obvious, yet so difficult to figure out.   So how do you learn a language?  How do you figure out what works for you?  The answer is: the same way you figured out how to be a parent… trial and error!  When my daughter was born,  I realized two things:

1: Every child became someone else’s child, therefore unique and priceless.

2: There is no wrong way of learning a language.  The best way is to make mistakes and learn from them.

Being a bilingual family, we were faced with questions such as: which language do we speak at home?  When?  How?  Should it be one language only for total immersion?  The fact is, it doesn’t matter what you do and how you do it, your child will end up using both languages… at all times!  This navigation of both languages was a true revelation for us.  You really can learn a language by switching from one language to the other, and the most amazing part of it, is that it is fun and non threatening.  Basically, it is natural!

The stories in this site have been created to mimic a natural bilingual conversation.  They are meant to be non threatening and easy to relate to.  The theme is based on the idea of traveling to a city.  The main story is in English and incorporates the foreign language in a fun and natural way, including cultural and historic references.  These short stories are the perfect introduction to your next trip, teaching you the basic phrases you will need when traveling to the country, and introducing you to its culture and history.  Have fun learning a new language!