Sunday, February 24, 2013

German Adjective Declension with Definite Articles

Rules Explained in the Video:


1. Der wütend__ Nachbar schließt die schwer__ Tür.
2. Die hübsch__ Frau kauft die teur__, rot__ Schuhe
3. Die traditionell__ Familie wohnt in Düsseldorf.
4. Das modern__ Haus in der Schillerstraße ist Millionen wert. 
5. Der erfolgreich__ Manager wurde gekündigt.
6. Die jünger__ Schwester studiert Physik.
7. Der klein__ Garten ist schön.
8. Die groß__ Wohnung liegt neben einem Park.
9. Der arrogant__ Mann liest die Zeitung.
10.  Das schlecht__ Wetter geht mir auf die Nerven.
11. Ich kenne den lustig__ Film.
12. Ich habe der sympathisch__ Frau eine Rose geschenkt.
13. Die Frau des stark__ Boxers ist Modell.
14. Die Website des multinational__ Unternehmens hat viele interaktive Funktionen.
15. Ich habe dem nett__ Kollegen eine Nachricht geschickt.

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Goethe Language Certificates

The most renown German language certificates, the Goethe-Zertifikate, are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and cover all levels from A1 (beginners) to C2 (advanced learners). There are different exams depending on the level but also on the motivations of the learner. Some exams target students while others are destined for professionals. The following tables gives an overview of how many lessons you need in order to be able to pass the respective language examination.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Challenges of Finding Work in Canada

Canadian Immigrants, a fashion designer, an ophtalmologist, an engineer and a doctor, who applied for immigration as skilled workers, discuss the challenges in finding work in Canada. 

New Immigration Criteria for the Canadian Skilled Worker Program

Language and youth are the top criteria in the brand-new selection procedure for the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program. 

New applications will be accepted by the New Federal Skilled Worker Program from May 4th, 2013 onwards. The selection procedure was paused in 2012 in order to redefine selection criteria on the basis of extensive research. According to the Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, too many immigrants to Canadia were subject to underemployment and unemployment which led to negative consequences for themselves as well as the Canadian economy. The changes to the FSWP program were made in view of helping skilled immigrants to contribute more efficiently to the economy and to be less exposed to the risk of un- or underemployment.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Why Do Kids Learn Languages With Ease and Much Faster than Adults?

There are several reasons why children learn a language much faster and experience much less difficulties acquiring a new language than adults. 

1. The basic rhythm and certain features of a language can be heard by the baby inside the womb. This is why babies prefer to listen to their parents' native language(s) when they are born rather than a foreign language and they also prefer to hear their mother's voice than another female's voice. They start distinguishing languages before they are even born. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Benefits of Learning a Language Online

In the last few decades, learning a language has gained significance and is one of the fundamental prerequisities for many jobs. Especially multinational corporations are seeking multilingual employees who are able to take over responsibility across borders in order to help the company grow and conquer foreign markets. 

Many know that the the knowledge of more than one language has become indispensable in many job sectors. The only question is: "What is the most effective and fastest way of learning a  foreign language?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Countries with More Than One Official Language

We all have at least one native language. But some of us have even two, three or multiple native languages. This often depends on the place we come from. Some very typical examples are Canada (official languages are English and French), Switzerland (French, German, Italian and Rumantsch), Belgium (Dutch, French, German), Spain ( Spanish, Catalan, Valencian, Basque, Gallician, Asturian) and Luxembourg (French, German, Luxembourgois). However, this is just a small number of countries. There are actually countries in which there are so many languages that a human's lifetime wouldn't be sufficient to learn all of them. Nigeria is a perfect example. It has 520 registered languages. Although the official language is English to faciliate every life and administration, the major languages spoken are YorubaHausaIgboFulfuldeKanuri, and Ibibio.  
Another interesting fact is that the number of countries in which only one language is spoken is actually much smaller than the number of countries in which there is more than one language.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Der Kölner Rosenmontagszug - The Carneval's Parade of Cologne

Over one million people will gather tomorrow in Cologne, one of the most active cities during the traditional Carneval celebrations in Germany, to watch the Rosenmontagszug, the biggest Carneval's Parade in Germany. The parade consists of wagons that parody different themes going from politics, sports, the economy, to the society and life in the city. 

The parade consists of dancers, musicians and members of the Carneval associations as well as dance groups in colorful costumes. They walk, stand on top of the wagons or ride on horses throwing candy, flowers, share kisses and celebrate for 4 hours along 7km through downtown Cologne.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Does Learning Languages Make Kids Smarter?

Is there a limit of how many languages a child can learn at once? Are they able to learn multiple languages at a time? What are the cognitive benefits of learning more than one language? Research psychologists and a language teacher examine the topic and talk about how kids acquire languages.

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The Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language

Learning a language can be a tough and challenging task. Many of us have to learn a second language at school and have to pore over heavy text books with long boring grammar lessons vocabulary lists. But studying a language is much more than just grammar and vocabulary. 

Language lives inside us and expresses who we are and what we do. Language is an important aspect of global strategies. It connects us, involves us in international communicational processes and brings us to achieve objectives across borders and in cooperation with foreign cultures. Language makes us grow and provides us with much more than just words.