Learning languages online

Have you ever wondered about the possibilities the internet provides people who wish to learn a foreign language? Gaining new language skills can happen quicker and can be much more enjoyable if you learn how to best use this valuable tool. Like the web, languages are flexible and therefore the perfect place to discover their transformations and nuances - is online. 

How to rest during studying – relaxation techniques

When you have to learn a huge amount of information, it is usually done in one, multi-hour session. However, after an hour or two, your eyes begin to close, you cannot focus on the text you are reading and it is almost impossible to memorise a single thing. This might be caused by lack of rest for the brain.

Mnemonics – your own chain of memory hooks

Names and surnames of newly met people, codes, passwords, shopping lists as well as important dates, word lists, physical formulas, proper names of all African countries, or types of tissues in the body - the number of information we have to acquire during our lives is unbelievable. Fortunately, there exist techniques which help to memorize them and even make learning fun.

How permanent is your permanent memory?

Permanent memory is a vast and capacious structure which stores all the collected information about the world as well as all our memories and abilities.

Why do we need forgetting?

Forgetting – a nightmare of all students. A difficult to understand process which results in the fact that the acquired knowledge stops to be available. Why couldn’t evolution endow us with a perfect memory?

What sex is your brain?

Numerous research show that the brains of men and women differ in terms of their structure and functioning. Apart from a biological sex each of us has a psychological sex which influences the way we behave and determines our natural abilities. 

Facts and myths about studying

Several myths associated with the process of learning are passed on by parents and teachers. This advice, instead of being useful, can sometimes become a drawback and does not help you get good grades. Get to know facts and myths about learning in order to study effectively, efficiently and with pleasure.

How to read efficiently?

Textbooks, magazines, newspapers, articles, reviews – in order to fully understand a particular subject you are often required to trawl through an enormous amount of information. How do you find time for that? How can you find what you are really looking for in this excess of information? Finally, how can you achieve the desired results with the lowest possible effort?

When the memory does its best?

Sometimes we’re trying really hard to learn something but we simply can’t. Our memory doesn’t want to obey us. However, sometimes we can memorise even unnecessary details. What is the reason for remembering the detailed picture of some events and forgetting about others?

Change your style of learning!

Well, sport shoes are not actually appropriate for a ball in an embassy, are they? Some styles of learning also don’t fit some disciplines. Therefore it’s really important not to forget about other methods and make ours more creative!

¿Cómo combatir el estrés?

Las investigaciones de todo el mundo nos dicen, que los malos resultados de los alumnos o estudiantes no son producidos sólo por mala preparación o desconocimiento de los métodos de aprendizaje, pero también por el estrés. El estrés paraliza y nos impide que usemos nuestro conocimiento en la práctica.

English speaking tips

Try not to translate what you hear into your native language in your head. It is a very hard habit to get rid of, but it slows down the process of communication and makes concentrating on producing correct English sentences harder, because you are distracted by the rules and grammar of your own language that differ in many aspects from the English ones.

Spoken English exercises

After having found your motivation to learn English, you can start making a plan including a variety of spoken English exercises. It needs to be adjusted to your own personal needs, to the time you can devote, to the deadline you set yourself, etc. A plan does not need to resemble the lessons’ schedules we all remember from school; it will be rather a set of points that will lead you to achieve your goal. A part of your plan might be:

How to improve communication skills in English?

An effective communication is the main aim of every foreign language learner. It can occur in two ways: written and oral, both of which require a special set of skills, adapted to a given situation and to a specific person. It seems that the oral use of foreign language appears to be more problematic for the majority of students, for it is closely connected with an internal uneasiness that appears during the personal interaction face-to-face.