I love learning languages and I love travelling. As a frequent traveller, I strongly believe that we need to respect the environment and the culture of the place we're visiting - and that includes learning the local language. While it's not possible to be fluent in a language after a few days of being in the place where it's spoken, it's important to pick up a few local phrases and this is what makes a resonsible traveller.
Wayne Parry is a speaker of several languages who has devoted a whole year to rediscover the most effective ways to learn a language while travelling. This is the first clip of a series of languages that will be covered from the book "Do You Speak English?"
Published: September 30, 2012.
Essay » Literature
For the first time in history, a Korean rapper is at the top of the world's charts. A YouTube clip launched him into the stratosphere and now the world has gone Gangnam Style. A few months ago you would have thought this was fiction. It's real. This is a look at how a song in Korean is changing the course of history - from a language point of view. Oppa Gangnam Style!
Published: September 25, 2012.
Essay » Literature
Why is it that native speakers of English have such a hard time trying to learn another language? Is it laziness? Is it arrogance? Maybe it's not our fault. Maybe there are other reasons for the fact that many only speak English. This is a part of the D.Y.S.E. series (Do You Speak English?) which deals with this contemporary topic.
Wayne Parry es un hablante de varios idiomas, que ha dedicado un año para volver a descubrir las formas más efectivas de aprender un idioma durante un viaje. Su trabajo en escuelas de idiomas le llevó a todos los rincones del mundo y este relato de su viaje lingüístico más reciente nos muestra que cualquier cosa puede suceder cuando lejos de casa.
If you've ever found yourself in a difficult situation in a foreign country, the phrase "Do You Speak English?" has probably saved you countless times. But what if we're forbidden from using this phrase? The author shows us how to travel around the world without using English - and survive! This is a fun way to be exposed to another language and everything happens on this language adventure.