Archive | February 2015

4 days in Seville- Andalusia

I had previously blogged about my personal experiences in Seville here but how about I actually tell you about the town. I spent roughly 4 days in Seville and that was enough time to see the sights I wanted to see without venturing out too much out of town, so in order of picture: 1. […]

Destination Picking

Destination Picking

For a long time, Paris had been on the very very top of my list. It was all the movies, black and white pictures of the Eiffel Tour and my first french teacher with her classy red lipstick and heels.

It has never been places that were the talk of the town, where the best restaurants are located, where a famous celebrity had been or where the best location is to do a particular activity. It’s always generally been the pretty pictures on postcards, now pinterest, or pictures I’ve seen on websites. I find that pretty historical buildings/monuments, nature (helloooo snow or mountains) and a non bustling cities are the ones that I’m more pulled to and are generally at the top of my to visit list.

How do you pick your next destination? What is your next city/country?

Have a great weekend guys!

-S.

Picture: Paris

10 language learning techniques

Apart from the standard textbook and classroom learning, here are some other techniques I have tried using or have heard of other people using.

1. Pick a word of the day and learn it, use it in sentences throughout the day so by the end of the week you’ve learnt 7 new words.

2. Use a whiteboard to write down words you’ve just learnt or words you want to learn. Having it visible will make you be able to remember it better.

3. Stick words up around the house/room. Change them once you’ve felt like you can remember them.

4. Read the newspaper in that language. If you’re still not that fluent, concentrate on a few articles (or 1) and try to learn as many words as you can.

5. Listen to the radio. If you don’t know about the TuneIn Radio app, it lets you listen in to other radio stations from around the world.

6. Watch the news on TV. I think the language used in news reports are a lot harder because of the types of words used but i feel it helps with listening.

7. Have shower conversations to yourself so that you can use the question and answer part of the conversation.

8. Kids books. I’m still struggling with reading kids books but small steps. Even better if you’ve read the book in your own language.

9. Find someone who is native in the language you want to learn who is currently in your city that you can have a casual conversation with so you’re using the language. One of the sites I use is conversationexchange.com

10. DUOLINGO. It’s one of my favourite apps of ALL TIME which you can use on the computer through their website and also on the app on your phone. It goes through vocab, listening, translating and some speaking.

Got anymore tips? Let me know by tweeting to @sof_cloud or in the messaging box at the top of the page.

-S.