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Is Language Learning A Subconscious Process?

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

Subconscious language learning is a concept that leading language acquisition expert Stephen Krashen has demonstrated through extensive research, but is still challenged by many teachers. Though there is research to back up this theory that language is learned subconsciously, we are still not aware of how the language starts to stick in our brains.

Joshua Ostroff

She's Singing To Save The Language Her Residential School Tried To Destroy | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 05.13.2017 | Canada Living

"It's very healing when you know your language."

How To Find The Time To Learn A New Language

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

"I just don't have time." This is one of the most common reasons people give for not being able to learn languages. I'm now retired, but I'm still qu...

The Frightening Ramifications Of High-Frequency Advertising

Mitch Joel | Posted 02.02.2017 | Canada
Mitch Joel

If you think that creativity will be safe from the automation of everything, you are wrong. It's not a question of "if" creativity and advertising wil...

The Changing State Of My Mother Tongue

TamilCulture | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada Living

When I was a kid, I wasn't up on a Saturday morning watching cartoons while eating fruit loops. Instead, like many Tamil children, I was usually half asleep trying to learn the language that I first learned to speak. I didn't hate going to Tamil school because I missed out on cartoons. I think I hated going because it was a hard language to learn.

The 3 Stages Of Mastering A Foreign Language

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

At the banquet of life, each language is another course. The better you can use languages, your own and others, the more you can enjoy the feast. At least that has been my experience. I have achieved varying degrees of fluency in 16 languages, and look forward to learning more. To me, there are three stages of language acquisition.

It's Time We All Embrace The Word F-A-R-T

Vac Verikaitis | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Living
Vac Verikaitis

In politics, opportunity arises from some strange circumstances. Elizabeth May has put herself in the Hall of Fame of quotable quotes from inside the Houses of Parliament. And now, MP Rempel might just make some money on it.

5 Tips For Learning A New Language Efficiently

S-Trip! | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Travel

Vacations are fabulous opportunities to immerse ourselves in new cultures and experiences. However, with more than 4,000 languages spoken around the world, communication remains a constant barrier for those who are not multilingual.

What It's Like To Lose A Language

Mai Nguyen | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Living
Mai Nguyen

A couple of insignificant words shouldn't matter much, but to me, it meant a lot. Forgetting a few words meant having awkward, half-formed conversations with my parents. It meant feeling alienated from an ethnic community that was strongly bound by a common language. Most importantly, it meant losing an inherent part of my Vietnamese identity. Each time I forgot another word, it was like I was a little less Vietnamese.

I Negotiated My Identity Between Two Cultures And Generations

Fatima Reyes | Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Living
Fatima Reyes

Although I've lived essentially my whole life here and received my Canadian citizenship in kindergarten, not having a Canadian birth certificate separates me from second-gen Canadians. At the same time, I don't have vivid memories of growing up anywhere else, like my parents and other first-gen Canadians. Sometimes, I feel like generation 1.5.

I Learned Arabic As An Adult To Reclaim My Palestinian Heritage

Else Khoury | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living
Else Khoury

In 1997 I went to the West Bank to study Arabic. Once there, I found that many of the students in the program were, like me, half Palestinian, and were there as part of an attempt to discover their roots. Before I left, I hadn't thought much about how language defines who we are, or what happens when the languages we use to build our identities are rendered useless.

Words Trump Grammar When It Comes To Truly Learning A Language

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

The importance of a large vocabulary in your target language can't be overstated. Some are convinced we can converse quite comfortably with just a few hundred words. There are lots of articles on the topic. I don't agree.

Dogs Are As Smart As We Think They Are

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Get Leashed Magazine

Have you ever tried fooling a dog into getting excited for the wrong thing? Perhaps testing their instincts by offering something boring to the tune of a tasty treat? It turns out that while they may very well be excited by the amped up sound of your voice, they are most likely on to your trick.

How To Avoid Getting Lost In Translation

Christine Shisler | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada
Christine Shisler

Have you ever tried to have an important conversation with someone but felt like they just didn't understand you? Then you might know the frustration ...

How I Learned More Than A Dozen Languages

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

People often ask me how I learned 15 languages. What's my secret? Read ahead and you'll find out.

Personality Has Less Impact On Language Learning Than You Think

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

One of the biggest myths I have come across though is that extroverts are the better language learners. I do not believe at all that you need to be an extrovert to learn a language. Language learning isn't about your personality type, rather it comes down to whether or not you possess the three keys.

Affected Accents May Be The Most Irritating Social Faux Pas

Tom Gamble | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Living
Tom Gamble

The obvious question one may consider is why would someone do this? Is it an attempt to seem well-travelled? Sophisticated? Cultured? If so it could well be in vain as I can tell you that there are many people with English accents who are not well-travelled, sophisticated or cultured

Learning Languages Boosted My Career Opportunities

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Business
Steve Kaufmann

The biggest benefit of speaking languages I've seen in my career is that it increased the opportunities that came my way. You do have to have other things working for you too, of course. You have to have other skills, like knowledge of a specific sector or market, the ability to do business and the ability to be a reliable, energetic person in any number of fields.

How To Become Fluent In A Foreign Language

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

The quick answer on how to achieve fluency in a language is that it is a matter of motivation. Having seen a lot of language learners, I am convinced that motivated learners achieve fluency, and unmotivated learners don't.

Census Stirs Urdu-Punjabi Languages Clash Within Pakistani Community

Tahir Gora | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Tahir Gora

Apart from this legal debate, let's analyze the insecurities of Pakistani-Canadians in terms of not recognizing Punjabi as mother tongue of Punjabi Pakistani Canadians: First, they don't want to count themselves with Punjabi Sikhs and Hindus. Secondly, they declare Urdu as their Muslim language.

5 Ways To Improve Your Language Learning

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

Good language learners notice what is happening in a language. They notice the sounds, the structure and the vocabulary of the language. They notice as they listen and read. They notice when they use the language. How can we train ourselves in the ability to notice in order to become good language learners?

Don't Be Afraid To Make Mistakes When Learning A New Language

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

Making mistakes when speaking or writing a new language is not the same as making other kinds of mistakes, at least not to me. Making mistakes in language learning is not only necessary, it is a good sign. If you are not making mistakes, you are not trying hard enough to use the language.

A Language Learner's Manifesto

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 03.11.2017 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

Have you been studying a language for a while? Are you still afraid to speak? Follow the Language Learner's Manifesto and become confident and fluent in your chosen language. Repeat the following mantra daily: "My goal is to be fluent. I can be fluent. My goal is not to be perfect. My goal is to be fluent. I can be fluent and still make mistakes."

Learning A Language Is Like Falling In Love

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

I'm enjoying carrying on an affair with you and really don't expect anything in return. But I know from experience with other language affairs that I get more out of my relationship than I put in. The rewards are personal, cultural and even professional. The rewards are immense.

Assimilationists Are On The Wrong Side Of Canada's History

Jack Jedwab | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

In Canada, the term assimilation is especially unpopular. It's associated with painful events in the country's history. But the country's proponents of forced assimilation often underestimated the inevitability of resistance on the part of their targets. The lessons of our history seem lost on many Canadians as it's surprising to learn how many endorse making "others" like "them." Paradoxically, several Canadians that continue to fear assimilation are amongst those most apt to believe that their own cultural survival depends others assimilating.