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French commuters get on-track English lessons

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FRANCE - French commuters now have a novel way to fill the time travelling to and from Paris by train, with English lessons taking the place of emails, spreadsheets and morning snoozes

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE IMMERSION WEEKENDS 2015 - BARCELONA

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ENGLISH IMMERSION WEEKENDS IN BARCELONA. El trabajo de 6 meses en un fin de semana de Jueves a Domingo. 47 horas de contacto.

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25 Things You Probably Never Knew About The English Language

Do you know the oldest word in English? What about the shortest sentence? These are 25 things you probably never knew about the English language. https://twi...
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Google to offer real-time voice translation on smartphones

Google to offer real-time voice translation on smartphones | Conversational English & Spanish from the Comfort of your Lounge | Scoop.it
Google to detect which language you're speaking and provide automatic translation

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Engage! Google’s 'Universal Translator' Coming To Alpha Quadrant Via Translate App

Engage! Google’s 'Universal Translator' Coming To Alpha Quadrant Via Translate App | Conversational English & Spanish from the Comfort of your Lounge | Scoop.it
Microsoft may have activated its warp core in mid-December with a preview of the Skype Translator, which can translate Skype video chats in English...

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ENGLISH TUTORS en Twitter

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@conseravila RT:PIANO&ENGLISH-DTOR ARTÍSTICO DE LA ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC LONDRES julio'15 http://fb.me/3rnCJtBaG pic.twitter.com/Hrw65llt0I
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Te ofrezco este curso VIP de Inglés con Piano en Julio y Agosto en Londres, dos semanas, dirigido por un Director Artístico de la mundialmente famosa Royal Academy of Music y profesores licenciados por la misma. En English Tutors byJordiPicazo somos agentes de la Organización que lidera estos cursos.


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RUGBY + INGLÉS - COACH: EXPROFESIONALES ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP E INTERNACIONALES - VERANO 2015

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Six English Words Which Originated From Arabic

Six English Words Which Originated From Arabic | Conversational English & Spanish from the Comfort of your Lounge | Scoop.it
h=History reveals that the English language has been often influenced by Arabic.
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The absurd history of English slang

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How foulmouthed poets and ingenious commoners redefined the English language
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Improvement in the Teaching of English Language in Schools - GhanaWeb

Improvement in the Teaching of English Language in Schools - GhanaWeb | Conversational English & Spanish from the Comfort of your Lounge | Scoop.it
Improvement in the Teaching of English Language in Schools GhanaWeb I may neither have obtained a degree in the English Language from the university, nor a diploma from a tertiary institution in the venerated subject of English stylistics, unlike...
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Benefits of learning a third language - The Straits Times

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Benefits of learning a third language
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Chinese students may learn conversational Malay, while Malays, Indians and other minorities may learn conversational Mandarin.
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Spanish Language Is The New Craze In Britain Thanks To 'The Messi Effect'

Spanish Language Is The New Craze In Britain Thanks To 'The Messi Effect' | Conversational English & Spanish from the Comfort of your Lounge | Scoop.it
Dubbed the ‘Messi Effect’ by the vice president of the U.K.’s largest examination board, the popularity of Latin American culture and players from across the region – along with Spain – has helped Spanish creep up on French as the top foreign...
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Zara Triggers Outrage Over Shirt That Resembles A Nazi Camp Uniform - Business Insider

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Zara Triggers Outrage Over Shirt That Resembles A Nazi Camp Uniform
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"The mentioned T-shirt is no longer on sale in our stores," Zara's Spanish parent company, Inditex, said in a statement.
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English is Fun - Starting Conversations - English... | Facebook

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ENGLISH TUTORS on Twitter

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CHECK UT: GLOBAL LANGUAGE SERVICES -SPAIN #AFRICA #PHILIPINES #TAGALO #SWAHILI #XOSA #NEPAL pic.twitter.com/fIzEFhUxwB
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Now Skype can translate for us, what's the point in learning a language?

Now Skype can translate for us, what's the point in learning a language? | Conversational English & Spanish from the Comfort of your Lounge | Scoop.it
New technology has the habit of making certain professions redundant. Power looms put cotton workers out of job, leading to the rise of the Luddites. Word processors put an end to the typing pool.

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Google about to reveal real-time speech translation app

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Internet search giant Google is preparing to reveal a new mobile translation app that recognises speech in various languages and turns them into text.

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ENGLISH TUTORS en Twitter

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@MiliMolina22 MIRA!!yRT:FOOTBALL+ INGLÉS - INTER CTRE of FOOTBALL ACAD. LONDON Julio'15 http://fb.me/3XvrE4K5p pic.twitter.com/4DaXD06vEq
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El objetivo del programa es mejorar el juego personal y la habilidad y la formación de jugadores creativos y llenos de confianza, a la vez que comunicadores eficaces. 

Recibirán instrucción especialista por parte de entrenadores de la International Centre of Excellence Football Academy.

Los participantes aprenderán los componentes físicos de: 

  • Pase largo y corto
  • Dribbling
  • Control del esférico
  • Heading
  • Turning
  • Crossing
  • Defensa
  • Disparo
  • Eficacia en el juego

Actividades y Excursiones  
Este programa de dos semanas incluirá dos excursiones de día entero, dos excursiones de medio día y tres salidas cortas por los alrededores.  Se organizarán un elenco de actividades emocionantes y novedosas cada día, para asegurar la variedad y el disfrute constante de esta experiencia. 

Los alumnos también realizarán unas excursiones especiales a Wembley StadiumChelsea Football Club(Harrow solamente) or Arsenal Football Club (Mill Hill solamente).
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ENGLISH TUTORS en Twitter

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@conseravila RT:PIANO&ENGLISH-DTOR ARTÍSTICO DE LA ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC LONDRES julio'15 http://fb.me/3rnCJtBaG pic.twitter.com/Hrw65llt0I
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Te ofrezco este curso VIP de Inglés con Piano en Julio y Agosto en Londres, dos semanas, dirigido por un Director Artístico de la mundialmente famosa Royal Academy of Music y profesores licenciados por la misma. En English Tutors byJordiPicazo somos agentes de la Organización que lidera estos cursos.


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Verano 2015

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Cursos de Ingles durante todo el ano en Londres y Dublin. En modulos semanales, empezando todos los lunes.
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VIP English Language Courses con Artes Dramáticas (profesores de la Royal Academy of Arts), Liderazgo Global, Piano (profesores de la Royal Academy of Music) en inglés y con inglés. Verano 2015 - Londres


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Tweet from @ENGLISHTUTORSes

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Will Catalonia Hold a Referendum on Whether to Break Away From Spain? - National Geographic

Will Catalonia Hold a Referendum on Whether to Break Away From Spain? - National Geographic | Conversational English & Spanish from the Comfort of your Lounge | Scoop.it
An independence vote was slated for November 9, but Madrid declared it illegal. Who will win the tug-of-war?
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Awesome! How American words are changing the way we speak - Express.co.uk

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The most dramatic involves “awesome”, which is currently used, on average, 72 times per one million words in conversation.
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3 Apps that can improve your English conversational skills - Arab News

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'Real English' app consists offers you 8 video lessons in 4 learning stages.
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BBC Radio 4 - English language becomes more Americanised

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National and international news from BBC Radio 4. Aired 26 August 2014.


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Programme discussing the changing English language, featuring Robbie Love of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science

Starting at 28:00 and concluding at 30:05

Ms. Brin's curator insight, August 28, 2014 2:23 AM

Implications??

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Here's How Foreign Language Speakers Typically Screw Up English

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Computer scientists at MIT and Israel’s Technion recently developed an algorithm that analyses quirks and errors in English-as-a-second-language (ESL) essays to predict the author’s native tongue, potentially unlocking new tools for translation and teaching and also producing an alternative map of language similarity.

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Computer scientists at MIT and Israel’s Technion recently developed an algorithm that analyses quirks and errors in English-as-a-second-language (ESL) essays to predict the author’s native tongue, potentially unlocking new tools for translation and teaching and also producing an alternative map of language similarity.

The breakthrough got us thinking: How do native speakers of different languages typically screw up English?

Researchers Dr. Boris Katz and graduate student Yevgeni Berzak offered the following examples over email:

In Russian, there are no determiners (no words equivalent to “a” and “the” in English). As a result, native speakers of Russian tend to omit determiners in English. For example, a native speaker of Russian uses the following sentence in our data: “I was champion of swimming competition in Russia,” instead of, “I was the champion of a swimming competition in Russia.” Another example is “Everyone has now a car” which would be the correct order of modifiers if translated word-to-word to Russian, instead of the proper form in English “Everyone has a car now.”

In French, adjectives follow nouns (in most cases). Consequently, native speakers of French use phrases such as “lessons very important” instead of “very important lessons,” “afternoon free” instead of “free afternoon” and so forth. Another pattern that is common with French natives is preference for the construction “noun preposition noun” over “noun noun” compounds which are less frequent in French. Hence, French natives may prefer “licence for sailing” over “sailing licence,” and “manager of Bruce Springsteen” instead of “Bruce Springsteen’s manager.”

With natives of German we have the example “The pollution will more and more increase,” which would be the correct position of the verb in German.

Two other types of ESL patterns that are influenced by the native language are prepositions, and count/mass noun distinctions.

ESL learners would often direct-translate the preposition from their native language (for example, Portuguese natives confuse “in” and “on” in a systematic way, based on the usage of the equivalent prepositions in Portuguese).

Different languages have different count/mass noun distinctions. For example “information”, “furniture” and “homework” are count nouns in French, and so natives of French may say “informations”, “furnitures” and “homeworks” in English.

Here’s a description of the process provided by the researchers:

The algorithm receives ESL essays by native speakers of different languages as input. It starts by learning linguistic patterns in ESL that are characteristic of each of these languages. The kind of patterns we take into consideration are word order, syntactic relations between words, and morphological suffixes and prefixes.

Using these patterns it is possible to predict the native language of a given ESL document, but in fact our method reveals something even deeper: based on these patterns, the algorithm estimates the similarity between all the language pairs, and clusters them into a tree. It turns out that this tree is very similar to a tree that one would obtain when using similarities according to the linguistic properties of these languages as manually documented by linguists. These linguistic properties are called “typological features” and refer to things like word order, valid syntactic constructions, how to form negation, are there morphological suffixes and prefixes or not, etc.

Finally, the algorithm uses the ESL-based similarity tree for prediction of typological features of languages for which we have no prior linguistic data. For example, imagine that I know nothing about the typological features of Portuguese (I don’t know the correct word order, how to form negation etc), but I have a bunch of ESL documents written by natives of Portuguese. Using the similarity tree from ESL, I can determine that Portuguese is in fact similar to Spanish and Catalan. Assuming I do know the typological features for these two languages, I can now predict the typological features of Portuguese based on the features of Spanish and Catalan. Of course, this method is not perfect, but it’s a pretty good approximation: in 72% of the cases the predicted typological features are correct.

To sum up, the practical value of the algorithm is the ability to predict native languages, their similarity structure, and their typological features directly from ESL. The fact that we can do this also tells us something new and interesting about language: there is a strong relation between native language typology and second language usage. In other words, the properties of your native language systematically affect the way you use a foreign language.